Exploring Australia - Where the hell am I?

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

  1. der-Seppel

    der-Seppel Dominik

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    As I got two presents from Naz when I left Port Lincoln I had to test them both.
    Present number 1 was a fishing rode that Naz used previously on her motorcycle travels ( www.adventureriding.com.au ) and that was given to her as a present as well.

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    That is why my campsite for the next to days on my way north at the Eyre Peninsular needed to fulfil two criteria: being free and next to the ocean.
    So I stayed at the free campground in Port Gibbon, an advice from Matty.
    Unfortunately I had no success with fishing, maybe because I had no clue how to do it of the beach :)
    But it went better with present number 2, a small set of herbs and spices.

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    When I leaved Naz and Matty we still hadn't eaten all the mussels so I took some with me as they where still fresh. So I had a nice feed for dinner.
    The next day I had no luck with fish, again. But the grey nomads fed me with beer :)
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  2. dogtiredRAT

    dogtiredRAT Been here awhile

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    I had to laugh at your arrow on your windscreen in the video you posted in post #43.
    Hard riding on the wrong side of the road isn't it?


    Be very careful crossing the street on foot, that will be your most dangerous adventure, the cars come from completely the wrong direction!
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  3. nckjms

    nckjms Adventurer

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    That fishing rod is neat, I've never seen one that collapses inside itself like that. Better luck with future fishing attempts!
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  4. der-Seppel

    der-Seppel Dominik

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    I am surprised how easy it is to adapt. Even on foot I don't look in the wrong direction anymore.

    I think I will change the arrow to "Camelbak" - I had to buy the third one yesterday ...
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  5. der-Seppel

    der-Seppel Dominik

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    Thank you, I had some training with another rod last weekend and caught 6 fish and 1 squid.
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  6. der-Seppel

    der-Seppel Dominik

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    After two nights I leaved Port Gibbons and rode to Whyalla. Corinna a second cousin of my mother invited me to visit them.
    When I arrived and rang the doorbell nothing happed so I walked around the house.
    I found Corinna and Wayne building a new shed.

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    So I got out off my motorcycle gear and started helping them.

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    Corinna told me if I am operating a forklift in Australia it has to be Aussie style: drunken and with a beer in the hand :)

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    The next day we went out for a little tourist and fishing trip around the area.

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    The goal was to catch blue swimmer crabs and I have been successful.

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    After the catch I went for hike at this nice and natural but fenced meadows. There where this strange signs everywhere but I still have no clue what they mean, because of my bad English skills ;) ;) ;)

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    Although Matty had warned me not to eat anything out of the ocean near Whyalla the crabs were a nice meal. But I think it can't be that bad because there was even aqua farming in the area.

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  7. der-Seppel

    der-Seppel Dominik

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    Sorry for a little delay in the ride report but because of a heat wave I had to spend some time in the pool :D

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  8. der-Seppel

    der-Seppel Dominik

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    On Monday morning I went on a 350 km ride in pissing down rain to get to Gawler near Adelaide.

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    Trev (Aussie Trev) invited me to visit Gawler and his mate Bernie had a room in his house for me to stay in. As soon as I arrived Trevor noticed the big dent in my front rim.

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    I got it while crossing the Nullarbor when I hit a stone in one of the gravel roads with lowered tire pressure and a 100 km/h. He told me I couldn't go on like that and started talking to people on the phone. We removed the front wheel from the bike to care about it the next day.

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    In the evening Trev and Bernie invited me to a local pub and I had my first Barramundi (fish) ever.

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  9. der-Seppel

    der-Seppel Dominik

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    The next Trev drove me to Adelaide. First we went to the best tyre store in Adelaide to hear what the experts think about my front wheel. Their opinion: not to bad I could go on. So they did nothing with the wheel but I bought a oil filter for my bike and a new rain pants for me :D

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    Next we tried to get a new RokStrap because one of mien got damaged crossing the Nullarbor as well. But we had no success.
    But I have been successful buying a new Dromedary water bag and collecting a parcel from Germany.

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    From Adelaide we went to Trevs mate Pete (PBee). He and his big nylon coated hammer wanted to try a special treatment on my front rim. Not only was Pete able to get a perfect job done with the dent he also did an absolutely precise balancing job. It took in fact long to balance the wheel than removing the dent :)

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    Of course I had to leave one of my stickers in Petes shed.

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    After Pete had finished the wheel we had a beer around the "barrel of knowledge“.

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  10. nckjms

    nckjms Adventurer

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    That dent didn't look like it would be too terrible to repair with proper knowledge, but I'm surprised it was still holding air, pretty lucky there! :clap
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  11. der-Seppel

    der-Seppel Dominik

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    I have tube rims so no problem here.
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  12. SR1

    SR1 Back in S. Korea

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    Definitely in.

    Could you do us a favor? In addition to the landscape photos and vids, would you mind posting a few of the cities you're in as well? Thanks!
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  13. kingofZroad

    kingofZroad Been here awhile

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    And a "squid" picture too... Please.
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  14. der-Seppel

    der-Seppel Dominik

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    I will try, but most of the time I forget to bring my camera ;)

    There will be one in the next day but you can't see much because of all the ink in the bucked :(
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  15. der-Seppel

    der-Seppel Dominik

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  16. der-Seppel

    der-Seppel Dominik

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    On Wednesday morning Trev came to Bernies place with his Tiger so we could have a test ride for my front wheel. Trev took me into the near by Barossa Valley one of the finest wine-growing regions of South Australia.

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    Because the Barossa has been a settlement area of German immigrants I could read German names everywhere :)

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    I couldn't feel any negative disturbance caused by the front wheel.
    But my bike had its first fail on this tour – a light bulb.

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  17. der-Seppel

    der-Seppel Dominik

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    Because I needed a photo for my Christmas card I went to Middleton with Trev on Thursday.
    In a small town on our way Trev asked me if I might need something from one of the best 12-volt stores, located in this small town. In deed I wonted to buy a special cable and they had it in stock :)

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    The photos at the beach in Middleton came out just perfect. And yes I only carried the surf board to the beach to take a photo :D

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    For lunch we were invited by Mr & Mrs "Steelpony" ( www.steelpony.com.au ).
    After a lovely lunch Mrs Steelpony fixed the broken buckle on my RokStrap.

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    Perfect work and a lot better than buying a new one! I was amazed one more time about a the helpful people Trev knows.

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  18. Not the Messiah

    Not the Messiah Not the Messiah

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    Hi Dominik,

    Merry Christmas!

    I'm loving your stories, thanks heaps.

    And I've noticed a distinct improvement in your command of the English language, at least our Aussie version of it - "...ride in pissing down rain....".:D

    Cheers
    Brian L
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  19. Cuttle

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    Frohe Weihnachten - und an guadn Rutsch! :freaky
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  20. der-Seppel

    der-Seppel Dominik

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    I already had a lot :freaky :1drink :beer in the last days ...