Fat times in the Flinders Ranges!!

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  1. Gimme 2

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    INTRO;Flinders ranges Gammon ranges Lake eyre.

    This trip was sortof a last minute idea, after we cancelled the Cape york trip due to time. Originally three of us, we lost one Dave to a broken leg and then another Dave to a rooted seal!
    So that leaft just Dan and myself!
    It turns out we could'nt have timed it better ,a grader driver said, who's been workin the same stretch (Yunta to Arkacoola) for 38 years mentioned, they hav'nt had rain here for around ten years maybe 15, nothing but dust!
    So you can imagine the scenery was spectacular and the riding , well it was just the best we've had on the big Orange 2 wheeled death machines.

    Creek crossings galore , Impassable mud, sand, rock ,big puddles you could spray each other with:rofl.K's of wheel rutts Dips ,crest's ,Grids ,140 kl power slidie crners, Gorges rolling hills, rocky hill scrambles and an array of road surfaces to keep you on your toes made the next 2 and a half weeks just fly by!

    Day 1
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    I left Home on a Sunday at round 9 and headed for Brissy about 1300 k's Nth to meet Danno. A nice big wheelie from excitement came and no sooner i was at the side of the road ripping the bike apart . There was no electrical fault afterall , just my thumb on the kill switch:lol3.
    The plan was to take some nice roads North ,away from the Sunday drivers on the Princess hwy .
    I peeled off at Batemans bay up the Clyde and into Goulburn, checked out the war memorial and shot off for Oberon Skirting the Blue mountains ...Magic !I continued on thru Bathurst and thru Sofala, nice little bit of tar that and made for the Goulburn river NP to camp!
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    Day 2

    Rain up to Tenterfeild and then had a great ride thru Bald rock and into QLD, Boonah, Mogill ferry and then upto Dayboro ,Ocean Veiw for 2 nights.
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    Next day i decided it would be a good idea to get some new hoops, because these ones i come up on only had about another 500 dry k's in em:lol3 maybe more.

    Day 4

    PLAN -Meet up with a mate and head out. Sounds easy!
    Dan had shipped his bike from WA chucked a screen on some racks with Andyz on swaped the Marchesini's for Excels and wacked on a tank , he's never had it on the dirt!
    4 hrs, one new battery, a bent brake lever, dropped bike and 2 wasted blokes from pushing later it helps to check the fuel taps are on:wink: We bid Bris goodbye! YEAH!
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    That night we made camp at mt Glorius i think we managed 80 k's, but it is Mt Glorius after all.
    Day 5

    Time to stretch the legs!!

    To be continued..
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    Day 5

    I was awoken with a flash in the face, friggin early, bloddy Dan , i love ya mate!

    We packed up had a coffee and made our way down the western side of glorius...sweet, i'm glad i put those Mita's 50/50's on:lol3.
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    Pic Mt Glorius west side, Grabbin a pumpkin & Dans new bike!
    From there it's all high speed stuff into Esk around the top near Somerset, so seeing we had'nt ridin together for a while , well we just ..well ...opened em up a little:nod.

    We took some back roads to Dalby , i decided on an oil change at Dalby moto, and Danno, already shitted off with his helmet choice decide to up grade to a visored Helmet.
    We took some pics of the rear rubber just near Somerset Dam for the record , but on the whole were keen on getting off the tar .Dalby done we tore off to Nindigully!


    Turns out we were a bit keen to get there , i could smell something burning .

    As i lifted my head above my screen i knew it was'nt me ....o well just keep truckin.:trp
    When Dan came past me again i knew right away, it's Dan's bike!!

    Fun tryin to slow some one down when your havin a blast and their on a Super enduro.
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    The tyre was smokin :dealwhen we stopped and the psi 38.5 obviously not good.
    Result of constant high speed/ hi psi? - one totalled rear RR tyre, the Nobs in the center were just like tea bags that had been gutted:lol3.

    3.40 pm out side Westmar .....St George seemed our best chance for a tyre and Nindigully would have too wait!

    We got on to Phil Haplin's. He own's the Holden shop and the Yammy dealer in St George ,who had 1 Rally Raid sittin right there in his rack.
    Late in the day he fitted it right there for us , we were on the road by 5 30pm. Champion effort Phil, turn's out he got a KTM TWIN aswell. Man I love QLD!!
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    It's a beautiful site ...is'nt it!

    It was already late and our camp hunting had turned up stuff all . We begrudgingly booked into the caravan park surrounded by whinging old buggers:lol3 but not before grabbing a rib eye from the butcher behind the bottle 'o .
    A Bundy,St George Rib eye and Mt Glorius Pumpkin on a gas BBQ later...... we called it a day, an expensive day aye Danno!:snore



    Day 6,

    Plan to do the Darling......river!





    We'll it's minus degrees in St George , we pack up in the dark and head out to join the Sunrise.
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    We trickle south to Dirribandi and thru Goodooga where we reintroduce the bikes to where they belong...... DIRT.
    It's like releasing an animal back into the wild
    . we feel all warm and fuzzy inside!:lol3

    Speaking of animals , we come across some roadkill...our detective skills deduct it's way of death and the time, wadduya rekon Sherlock?.......I'd say it's pretty fresh! It would be a shame to leave it here in the middle of the road:cryto waste.Too right!!
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    While stopped we had some tuna on bread and cleaned up. Pine'o clean wipes are the trick btw..:wink:

    We had lunch and a beer in The Port Of Bourke and took off towards Louth to hit some more DIRT
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    Were apparently in the real outback, oh well..... better do a wheelie!

    Going to Louth We took a left off towards the Gundabooka range came across some nice tracs and an old homestead!
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    We decided to camp at the Gundabooka Campground and use the picnic table, made a huge fire made lotsa noise and cooked up some damper with the prize legs we'd scored earlier that day from the Bokhara river Butchery:lol3.

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    Yummy Yummy Yummy i got food in my tummy and the world is such a better place.
    Today felt like a real day's ride.....maybe we were in the outback!Beautiful.


    Day 7


    Plan ride the Darling to meet Dave in Broken Hill.

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    G'day Knackers,

    I ended up in mildura that night , went back thru Copley to yunta on dirt then followed the dirt to wentworth/mildura.

    Where did you travels take you, did'nt think you'd be back yet!

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    Will add some more RR soon everyone,got photo problem..
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    Got to Dalhousie - Mt Dare - Kings Canyon - Mereenie Loop and into Alice, giving away fuel jerries along the way.

    Then broke the chain and destroyed the rear sprocket 21 km South of Woomera/Kimba on the way back. Was going to head into the Gammon Ranges but started having problems prior to Coober Pedy. Just picked up the bike today on trailer this morning and met Rosscoact coming in to refuel a 0800. RR to follow. Going fishing now.
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  16. Gimme 2

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    I said you were a SLACK Bastage for havin the chain so slack:gerg:lol3.

    No case damage i hope. Bad way to finish a trip, i also did'nt end on a high:lol3..oh well That"s ridin.
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  17. Gimme 2

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    Don't be fooled Bivvy Bags are sleep thieves!:twitch
    Meeting up with Dave today , and he's got my tent :thumb.
    Up early again Brekky is heated mutton slices,baked beans and toasted damper, yum.
    We got away early ,decided to go to Louth the longer way along some fence lines.[​IMG] A bit of mud ,rutts ,unexpected wash out's :lol3 Roo's ,mounds to pop off & Emu's make's for good fun riding, we finally found our way out, back on to the main vein around 8 k's from Louth.[​IMG]
    We checked Dan's fuel and rekoned , bugger Louth we'll head for Tilpa.[​IMG]
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    Yep we runout of juice
    about 3 k's from Tilpa. No worries just aswell my tanks were designed by NASA's space shuttle engineer:lol3.
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    We got into Tilpa had a beer and gave our coin's to the RFD's so we could add our name to the thousands who already have, with the exception of Dan's being in light's "like it should be".If you can beat the size of mine and the position, you'll need a chiropractor or be good at belaying. that was stupid.But for a good cause!
    The Tilpa pub is a top aussie one , yeolde barman was about as chirpy as a Budgie in a coma i don't think the removal of light fittings had much to do with it.
    Fueled up, we tore off to Wilcannia.:jinx

    I love my 990, she's a desert horse, but i was about to find out, the Super Enduro make's her feel like a big old Clydesdale![​IMG]
    Come fly with me ...come fly.. come fly away!Dan's bike good like this but better in the DIRT!.

    I could'nt help myself, within 50 meter's from the pub i was instantly up on the back wheel with a full tank and a grin larger than a Cheshire cat:lol3.I'll try not to go on here too much about the SE, but , for one ....do absolutly not ride one if you have a adv, because you will forever be trying to find the better pionts on your bike to persude yourself that you don't need one:lol3.
    The first thing you notice is it feels like a 450 up front, so slim,light and nimble.
    Secondly the grunt from the carbs!
    The Havok .....:norton
    I WANT ONE!! no i don't:(:.


    We took the western road to Wilcannia, less travelled by the look's.
    Dan had been complaining about the wobbles on the SE, so we pulled up and set it all back to the ADV's manual at full load rating!


    An instantly noticable difference was had.

    the next 128k's was awesome fun ,not because of the bike i was on.
    It was GRID after GRID after GRID , each one beautifully built up for perfect high speed launches followed by a soft touch down then power on to the next curve or GRID.
    We'd look over at each other and rock our heads like 2 front row rockers at an ANGEL'S concert while they're banging out "Take a long line" in appreciation for the road we're lappin up.:super
    Life is gooood!
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    We rock up into Wilcannia:lol3all hyped up.
    Drawn by the sound the young fella's in town happily come and talk with us about the bikes and where we're going.They love the sound and the size of em.
    There looks like there's not much going on in Wilcannia, once a busy town when the Darling breathed easier i assumed, but now mostly boarded up and tortise like, even the pub shut just before we decided to have a beer at 4 50.[​IMG]
    Darling going under the Wilcannia bridge.
    The Fuel operator in Wilcannia soon bought us back down to earth. $1.58 and around the back street at the bp you can get it for 18c cheaper ,. Ripped off!.I say "We'll check from now on before we put in" "Copy That!!":thumb.
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    It's getting to that time were we need to make a decision on were going to camp the night,. We'd like to meet up with Dave ,have'nt been able to make contact with him yet.
    We contemplate heading to BH via Menindee lake's and staying there but we bin that and follow the Sun to BHP land on 200k's of near straight tar.
    We have a cold ride into Broken hill and the Sun is gone before we get there.Plus i lied,the last 10 k's of tar are gently undulating and softly flowing curves like sweet women's body. This awakes me from the numbing straightness and takes the bitterness out from the cold...just like it should.
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    We stop ,weigh our options of setting up in the dark or finding a hotel and getting a decent feed.The cold is creeping back in like the enevitably darkness hurrying our decision.

    Dan's been soildering on for a few day's now, when i met him up in Brisbane he was in a bad bad way! Alcohol induced for five straight days at the Goldy, so his mind was made up a long time ago:lol3. And i was grateful.Hot shower and clean clothes and a decent nights sleep never goes stray.
    So we got a room, Dan lost his wallet and a grand cash , Dave was stuck in Mildura and had a stuffed seal on the final drive , what will tomorrow hold?



    Day 8 Comin.
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    Day 8
    We went into town and had some breaky , Dave rang to say he had decided to carry on back home , i think he'd had a gutful of BMW's .
    It was a shame , but notmuch could be done. So we did some shopping and headed out to Silverton to see if we could'nt cut thru Mundi Mundi station and miss some of the Barrier hwy out!
    As Dan hopped on his bike out fly's a wallet from his glove:lol3. Beauty, a handshake of relief and we were off to Silverton, a movie makers mecca.
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    39 signed dips later :huh S Aussies love their road sign's ,We Spoke to Peter and Patty at the art gallery they said talk to Nic the son of the station owner, and he may let ya go thru.[​IMG]

    We covered some famous tar from Mad Max 2 the bit where Humungous ruler of the waste land get's ...wasted by the tanker to get there.

    The new Mad Max 4 and 5 roads.They were scheduled to film this year but because of the rain and greenery they had put it off till next year, they've spent million's already for shed's on peoples land for storage etc.
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    Anyway Nic tolds us "The same thing i told the other blokes this morning ...NO " so tail between legs we dragged our sorry asses back thru Silverton into Broken Hill Jump started Dan's bike Heated grips and ignition on :lol3 and onto Yunta .[​IMG]
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    Dan pointed out there was a dirt track following the rail line so we had some fun on that before it ranout , then i hit a speed bump .
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    You know you got no chance when the pen hit's pad even before his door slams shut:lol3.... turns out later, he let me off!

    We rolled into Yunta and excitedly fuelled up for the Flinders, knowing dirt was just a k away:clap.
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    It was already late ,we found a great spot just North of Yunta in a dry river bed with some beautiful hills catching the last rays of the day to the East.

    Dan had his first fall in the soft river sand and he was stuck like a trapped animal:lol3. Better go and help.

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    Day 9

    We got up to a beautiful morning , but man it was cold.
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    Silicon cups not recommended...for drinking coffee from anyway:lol3.
    We headed to Waukaringa ruins and had a poke around,then onto Hawker but we missed the turn and ended up past Cundamona station.
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    Not wanting to dble back, we decided to take a track straight towards the range .

    By chance we met the owner of Cundamona Station ,Jeff with a hand shake like a silverback , a true gent!

    He and his help showed us the way and were plain bloody tops!
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    The next 5 or so hr's offroad riding with The Range in our crosshairs flanked by spectacular scenery and hardly visible tracks were sensational.
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    We carried on got a bit got lost and carried on some more , the hills started surrounding us and the temptation to climb one was too much!
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    The hills are very deceiving, Assumption of smooth green grass soon becomes rock's covered with hard little shrubs.
    I went up , straight up but had to arc out at the top cause my speed was to low at the btm.
    coming down was just as bad ,
    I had another crack, with more revs this time but that's useless when you hit neutral so close to the top :lol3,no choice but to lay it down.

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    I was having trouble lifting it , Dan started climbing the hill to help but before he scaled it i had managed to turn the front wheel around and point it down hill, just pick it up ,jump on and do my best sketchy down hill mountainbike ride to the btm, .....that was entertaining .:rofl

    No damage :knarywe rode on thru to hawker and then camped just outside the town by this river bed ,Wilpena pound in the back.
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