Exploring Australia - Where the hell am I?

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by der-Seppel, Oct 24, 2013.

  1. Cuttle

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  2. ImaPoser

    ImaPoser adventure imposter

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    Awesome. :1drink
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  3. Just Paul

    Just Paul Pro Cat Herder

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    Really enjoying your ride report

    Thanks for your hardwork
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  4. der-Seppel

    der-Seppel Dominik

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    A little overview where I have been:


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  5. ImaPoser

    ImaPoser adventure imposter

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    Thanks for the map. I had one open as I read the report and kept searching locations as you listed them and actually did a good job of keeping up with where you were. Glad to see you confirm it for me.
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  6. Owly

    Owly Into the Dark

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    Seeing yr a diver you may be interested in the cave diving in the lime stone caves,

    Not sure how u arrage it but there are a number of sites , google may assist

    Enjoying the report !
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  7. der-Seppel

    der-Seppel Dominik

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    Rest of the Nullarbor

    After a night of camping under the amazing star-spattered sky of the Nullarbor Plains, we had a little bit of raindrops in the morning. John ( Squily ) told me before the Nullarbor Plains should be an area lacking in rain :)
    We packed our belongings and rode together a little further to the camels tanks, a rain water catchment facility build nearly a 100 years ago to supply the camel coaches they used in the Nullarbor for the transportation of goods.

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    We said goodbye to each other and promised to see us again at the Flinders Ranges Classic in April. John gave me his little cooling bag as leaving present, because I mentioned I should get one as well when I saw his the day before.

    Johns ride report about the trip http://advrider.com/forums/showpost.php?p=22848514&postcount=52

    Since John had provided me a lot of GPS tracks for the whole Nullarbor I took a little detour to visit the coastline.

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    I needed nearly 7 hours to finish the 160 km of the detour and get to the Caiguna Roadhouse. I filled the tank, again for cheap 2.10$ per litre, had an ice cream and went on to the bitumen to get kilometres done. But I did a little detour to visit the Cocklebiddy Cave.

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    At the Cocklebiddy Roadhouse I had a shower and the motorcycle 4 L of premium gas for only 2.14$ the litre.
    Near the roadhouse I tried to visit three other caves but I couldn't find the entrance of two and the third looked to steep. For the night I camped at one of the many free rest areas along the Eyre Highway. The next day I stayed on the bitumen for a little bit longer. From Madura Roadhouse (2.12$) I went to Mundrabilla Roadhouse (only 91 octan fuel available) for another ice cream stop. At Mundrabilla I used on of Johns tracks to get to the next roadhouse.
    I thought I could go all the way to the coast but I ended up in an (I think) Aboriginal community.

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    So turned around and used the 4WD track to get through the Roe Plain to the ruins of an old telegraph station.

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    Round about one kilometre before I arrived the track was going through sand dunes. I hat crossing sand dunes because I still feel uncomfortable doing it. But I didn't wont to go back and take a 3-kilometre detour ;) So I had to go.

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    After 2/3 of the way through the sand dunes I started to smell burning plastic. I turned around and couldn't see may plastic fuel can anymore. One of the belts had loosened itself and now the jerrycan hanging on the side of my bike toughing the hot exhaust pipe. Luckily there was only a very small amount of fuel left in the can.

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    Anyway, I managed to get to the ruins ;)

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    After a short break in the air-conditioned Eucla Roadhouse I went on to cross the border between Western Australia and South Australia.

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    Arriving in SA a left the Eyre Highway again to use the Old Eyre Highway.

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    I stayed on the Old Eyre Highway until the abandoned Koonalda Roadhouse.

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    But then I wanted to see the coast one more time.

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    For the night I stayed again at one of the free rest areas.

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    The next morning I didn't leave the bitumen anymore to get some distance done and so I arrived in Ceduna the first real city in SA. The first thing I did was going into a tourist information centre to get new free maps of the area, than buying some groceries and I was gone. I ended up at the local campground in Smoky Bay a little fishing village.

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    They have nothing special in Smoky Bay but ousters. I bought 25 ousters for 14$ the best price I have seen so far.
    After opening the first one I realised I was too lazy to do it the same way with the other 24. I put them on the BBQ and ate them with bacon and BBQ-sauce. Really good!

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    The next day took me to Streaky Bay where I went onto a tourist drive following the coastline and back into the town.

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    I bought some more foodstuffs and went on to get to Walters Rock. I camped there for two nights because of bad weather and bad stomach :(
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  8. der-Seppel

    der-Seppel Dominik

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    an other map

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  9. Neonasty

    Neonasty Been here awhile

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    Looks like a great trip!

    I live on the south east side of Melbourne. When you make it around here send me a message and I can guide you around a bit. Your welcome to pitch a tent and have a shower and do some maintenance at my place if you need to.

    -Shaun
    Melbourne.
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  10. der-Seppel

    der-Seppel Dominik

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    Hi Shaun

    might be a good place for me before I go over to Tassi.

    I will contact you

    Dominik
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  11. der-Seppel

    der-Seppel Dominik

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    Port Lincoln

    Right at the first evening at Walters Rock I received a message from Matty (desert dog) and Naz (nazza) ( www.sailadventure.com.au ) inviting me to visit them in Port Lincoln.

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    My meeting point with Matty was the lookout on top of the highest hill around the city.

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    Arriving at Matty's house I first meet his dog Ani and than Naz.
    I only managed to take one photo the first evening.

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    But I showed Matty and Naz a video that John had reminded me of when I was in Esperance.
    The video was the running gag the whole time I have been in Port Lincoln :)

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    On Saturday morning I went on to a little scouting expedition into nearby Lincoln National Park.

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    We had planed to start a little sailing trip on Saturday afternoon but the weather forecast expected a bad storm for the night. And there actually was a big thunderstorm at night.
    On late Sunday forenoon we left the towns marina and set sail to the town jetty.

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    Matty had some appointments at Monday morning and this was the best spot to reach them by foot.
    In the afternoon we got company by George, a friend of Matty, and his dog Jimmy.

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    The evening developed itself into a nice event with some or even more beer and a BBQ on the boat.

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    Around midnight Naz offered to show me how to fish because I had never done it before. After a few minutes Matty and George joined us as well.

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    I was lucky and caught my first fish that night.

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    But it did not get the chance to experience the taste of the fish because we used it as bait.
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  12. mezcal

    mezcal Been here awhile

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    That's the way to hold your fish too, as far out as possible to make it look bigger

    Sent from my GT-N8010 using Tapatalk
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  13. der-Seppel

    der-Seppel Dominik

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    That's what Matty told me as he took the picture :)
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  14. Aussie Trev

    Aussie Trev aka DRTrev

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    Just try not to make your hand the hero of the shot though:lol3.
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  15. Sandino

    Sandino Been here awhile

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    Great report mate, cheers :freaky
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  16. jkdwings

    jkdwings Been here awhile

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    Really enjoying following along, friend. I've got many friends in Oz and a lot of your pictures remind me of stories they've told. I'm curious what you're packing for media gear. Cameras, laptop, tripod (is that a Sirui, I see?), etc, and how you're carrying them.

    Regards,

    Jason
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  17. der-Seppel

    der-Seppel Dominik

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    Hi Jason
    - for photos I have a Canon 550d, a cheap Medion waterproof and my phone stored in the tank bag and my pants
    - for video a Gopro Hero 1
    - a small laptop with a protective cover + a 1TB HDD in my luggage
    - and you are right it is a Sirui tripod in my self build tripod tube

    Greetings

    Dominik
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  18. dirt_bloke

    dirt_bloke Triumph Tiger. Because Resistance is Useless.

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    So, what are sinking about!

    I haven't met Matty yet, Naz is looking heathy, good to see!
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  19. der-Seppel

    der-Seppel Dominik

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    Because we had no more success with fishing in the evening I went collecting mussels off the jetty poles the next morning. With Matty's help I nearly got two 10-litre buckets of mussels.

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    When Matty finished his appointments we loosened ropes and took of to sail through the Bosten Bay.
    With Ani on dolphin watch it was really hard to miss a dolphin because she start barking as soon as they came near the boat.

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    When we arrived at our anchor point for the night we started fishing again but only Matty was lucky and caught a squid.

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    So it was pasta with mussels and squid for dinner – yummy!
    Because I said the evening before I wanted to climb the mast I had to do it.

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  20. der-Seppel

    der-Seppel Dominik

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    The next morning we set sail again and casted the anchor around lunch time in a nice small bay. Matty was lucky again and caught another squid within a minute. Because we had squid left from the day before we had a big feed of squid for lunch.

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    Naz Blogpost about our trip http://www.sailadventure.com.au/another-sail-in-the-bay/

    I had planed to leave Port Lincoln the next day but the weather forecast was bad and so I decided to stay a day longer. Matty took my for another bike ride to Lincoln National Park and showed me some spots I hadn't been to before.

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    For dinner we had a really great paella, I would call it the best I had have for a long time.
    Matty got bag of mixed seafood and we had a lot of mussels leaved so we had perfect ingredients.

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    And it got even better Matty lit fire so we could eat the paella outside but at some stage it started raining and we had to get inside.

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    Because the weather was still bad the next morning I stayed until lunch, was feed with pizza and then actually left Port Lincoln.

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