Flinders Ranges Classic II 2009 (dbw/adv)

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  1. masterbrewer

    masterbrewer TDMster

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    The Gnarly Adventure Riders trip to Blinman :lol3

    "Too tough for creature comforts" (although there were a couple of BMW riders in our midst) :D and with the recent controversy about being associated with known individuals who have a reputation of mixing with the "wrong crowd" :wink: , we met secretly in the early hours of Friday morning & convoyed our gang north along the tar past Clare before turning NW over Mt Gregory in the direction of the first bakery.

    Stopping occasionally to enjoy a sense of being at-one-with-nature :raabia ......... & to piss on some unfortunate low-life we met along the way as tough bikers do.

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    You'd think it wouldn't be hard to get the correct sign for the intersection, but that's the country style we all love :lol3

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    Relaxing into the calm, flowing roads out of Yacka with the aromas of the Stone Hut Bakery lofting nearby, we detoured slightly for the final run into the bakery & were sharply awakened :eek1 with a stoney, rutted, eroded, winding, steep track which put a huge smile on the face of our "Single Track Dominator" and tested the limits of the big 1150GS with "Whereto" at the helm.

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    After the plains east of Wilmington we rode past Yapoona Springs & along the Old Gundah Rd into Quorn.

    Then the winding track west of the Willochra Historic site and tackled the fabulous climb up the range & into the Yarrah Vale Gorge.

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    Riding past Warren Gorge, Buckaringa Gorge & Middle Gorge to Simmonston ruins & onto Bobby Creek Rd, CharlieW could hold back no longer & decided to wash the dust of his bike. :pynd

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    Not content with that, at the blink of an eye, off he goes looking for deeper water.

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    Then up the tar for a quick squirt through the fabulously smooth, twisty, undulating Moralana Scenic Drive to the main Hawker/Wilpena rd.:wings

    Arriving in Blinman for our first taste of "The Pizza" experience.

    Butter wouldn't melt in their mouths ...................... nah! .............. really :lol3

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    matt xr600 made an overnight trip just for this ................ but?

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    The second box was just too much

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    Saturday split into the P.A.R. junkies who revisited the single tracks & the Adventure junkies who rode the Parachilna Gorge, Brachina Gorge & the Bunyeroo Gorge for lunch at Wilpena. Returning via Stokes Hill Lookout & the plains loop out to Wirrealpa.

    When we realised what was potentially precious cargo, a security escort was organised to The Prairie Hotel.

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    But realising that the sun wasn't yet past the "Yard Arm", we continued onto Brachina Gorge

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    But when we found some water, the boys just couldn't resist.

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    But it was missing the testosterone fuelled atmosphere of last year for some reason

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    Bunyaroo Gorge

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    The summit of Stokes Hill Lookout

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    The "Adventure" group all gorged out

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    back home to Blinman's version of "Club Med" with camp fire, bull shit & tall stories

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    kipo did another fabulous effort with trophies ....................... always a man of few words :photog

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    The "Men of the Match" ....................... great effort guys, many thanks :clap

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    Wasn't long before an " off " bottle or two of cheap wine kicked in ............ that's " finished off " I mean :bueller

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    Wake up ya ungly mug! ............... encourages DRDon while Venessa describes something or other :dunno

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    Next morning we were entertained with a fashion parade of sorts.

    "Hello sailor, do you wanna play with my heart strings later around our "camp" fire too"

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    "Bloody bitch, I think she just tried to pick me up"

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    Sunday was another split outing involving Sky Trek, The Gorges & myself & Whereto scouting east out to Chamber Gorge

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    and later along the P.A.R. to Nacculeena Mine & Glass Gorge

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    and home again to sample Trev's fabulous damper

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    Sunday night the rain started, continuing into Monday so it was decided to be thankful of our enjoyment to date and ride the black stuff home. However the first 20kms out of Blinman was extremely fresh road works which were quite sloppy after the rain. Never thought I'd be pleased to see tar before.

    The cream on the cake (well bagets actually) on our boring journey home was the recently tourism awarded "Maggies Rendezvous Cafe" in Orroroo (chosen by a BMW rider of course :lol3 ).

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    Another fabulous time with great mates :freaky & great riding. :webers

    cya again soon
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  2. LC8TY

    LC8TY must......find.......fuel

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    Fuggen awesome MB :thumb

    I have to get down to the Flinders some time.
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  3. Gateshutter

    Gateshutter Exiled

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    Excellent Photos :beer
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  4. Matt

    Matt Dirt Virgin

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    Outstanding MB!

    I hope to explore some of those areas if I make it over to Lake Eyre this year.
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  5. TerryK

    TerryK Ulysses

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    Good report Kym, must get back up & do the gorges again...Did them last time in a Commodore & time before that on my last XR.

    What's the PAR like to ride...might take the wife up..she rides all the dirt roads from here to high eden, Nugget rd etc without a problem. You think the PAR would be ok.
    The roads through the gorges will be fine but I don't know a lot about the PAR.

    Cheers Terry
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  6. nevgriff64

    nevgriff64 ɹǝpun uʍop ɯoɹɟ buıɥɔʇɐʍ Super Moderator

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    Totally agree on both parts.. :thumb

    Great to see Pops out on his GSA outfit too.. :clap
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  7. Marcbar

    Marcbar Been here awhile

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    Having just read Mungos ride report on his ride through the Victorian High Country and then had a look at your ride report on the Flinders Ranges just confirms to me how lucky we are to live and ride in Australia. Also just how diverse the country is.
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  8. The Cougar

    The Cougar Barry Dawson's Twin

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    Nice report Kym.

    Hope to see you all next year if not before.
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  9. Mungo

    Mungo Monarch 53

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    I was half thinking about a trip to the Flinders in July. But after seeing this report I am definitely going. Great pics masterbrewer. Thanks for sharing.
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  10. masterbrewer

    masterbrewer TDMster

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    It's absolutely fabulous adventure riding country :raabia catering for all styles & skills.

    You guys should get your acts together & plan to join us on next years Flinders Ranges Classic III 2010 (date to be confirmed soon :deal ).

    Apart from the riding there is always plenty of :freaky

    Next years will be based at Angorichina Village in the Parachilna Gorge.
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  11. Russ

    Russ Let's ride Super Moderator

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  12. lentil

    lentil All round nice guy Super Moderator

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    This is a quote directly from an email from my brother who is a lurker and dreamer that he can one day ride a bike:

    I think he likes it!!


    Thanks for the report you SA boys seem to have some fun!

    I read the same report from last year and thought that looks like fun!
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  13. lentil

    lentil All round nice guy Super Moderator

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    He then proceed to email me this:

    NOt bad for abloke that doesnt ride :lol2:lol2
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  14. Dances With Roos

    Dances With Roos Bikenomad

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    Hi all.
    A big thank you first of all to Trev and Kippo the main instigators of the weekend, and any one else involved in the organisation of it I have neglected to mention.
    A seven car convoy on the way North. :clap
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    Some of the riders even required trailering up! :1drink

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    Stories were told on the trail that should stay on the trail!?! :huh
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    A few hours with the tool pouch and we'll have er going! :wink:

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    As you can see I'm in hell here! :D

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    We stopped for a minutes silence by "Trevs Tree" :grim

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    Found a handy piece of equipment to maintain the tracks with when the weekend was over!
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    Sunday was Sky Track Day :clap
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    The track was steep in places and claimed a few. :cry
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    But the views were worth the effort.

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    And we all made it to the top of Mt. Caernarvon (921 m). :lol3
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    We even had time for some sight seeing around the Blinman township between rides which was great for those of us that were here for the first time.

    This mine shaft was easily big enough to swallow a fully loaded GS and rider.

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    Though was well sign posted?

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    Well, needless to say we all had a ball and I for one will be looking forward to next year eagerly.

    Thanks again to the organisers and all the riders who made the effort to travel the distance, you all helped to make it a great weekend!

    bwvtom
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  15. choccoloco

    choccoloco Cabin Fever....

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    Awesome, some very familiar photo's there. Just returned from the area myself, loved it, wish I had spent longer there though.:deal

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  17. kano650

    kano650 Been here awhile

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    It looks like some bizarre dental hygiene ritual. how about, "How many times did your mother tell you not to floss at the table?"

    Looks like a great weekend had by all. Hopefully i'll be there next year.
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  18. South Aus Adventurer

    South Aus Adventurer Frank the Tank

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    Looks like another great Flinders ride:clap . Managed to get up there myself the previous weekend but had to work the weekend of "The Classic":cry .

    Crackin put together a report at:

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=466678

    Awesome tracks around Arkaroola if you've got the time to venture that far north and has a handy workshop at the village if you run into trouble!!:eek1

    Hopefully I can make it with you guys next year.

    Cheers
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  19. masterbrewer

    masterbrewer TDMster

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    Thanks Corey & others :thumb

    That was some serious frame alignment problems you had there Corey, lucky it didn't collapse at speed.
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  20. Andrew2

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    Awsome report fellas.I always want to go back to The Flinders when ever I see a report there.

    Cheers
    A2
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