Ghost Town Rally, Copi Hollow, NSW. Sep 2011

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  1. masterbrewer

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    An invitation was received from burger muncher, GC (Honda Varadero) of Boulia Burger Busters, Hattah Burger Run, Underbool Burger Run fame, to join a newly formed group of Riverland riders in search of adventure; FesterC (KLR650), GregT (XLVR), ChrisG(BMW FGS650), Jerry (KLR), Jase (DR 650) & CraigC (KLR).
    Unfortunately our regular riding buddy, YC had "junior C" duties & couldn't come to play. :cry

    It was blantanly obvious we were in for a challenging time when GC rocked up in this :lol3

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    Fester (aka Andy Gadget) had plotted an 'easy' course :deal from Renmark via Pine Camp, Coombah Roadhouse, Tor Downs Station, Kinchega NP, Menindee to our destination at beautiful Copi Hollow to mix with some boys with "BIG shiny Toys"

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    Unfortunately "Bureaucracy" is reaching into our last bastion of freedom & adventure ........ OH & S ....... WTF? :huh

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    Never the less my adventure started the day before as I headed out of the big smoke refueling along the way for the "as the crow flies" ride to Renmark

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    Fester & GregC tried to get in tune, but with no luck ............................. I tried to tell them the helmets were a different colour :jack

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    Little did we anticipate what Fester had installed for us as we rode into the unknown

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  2. rj72

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    LMAO!! I love that shirt. I want it. :p
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  3. Russ

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    Looks like a lot of fun, copy hollow is a cool spot to camp :thumb
    Which dirt roads are those?
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  4. masterbrewer

    masterbrewer TDMster

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    G'day Russ
    Just passed the entrance to Danggali & you turn right to Pine Camp.

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  5. pops

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    Hi MB .
    I have been waiting for a ride report from you:clap:clap.
    Looking good.
    Cheers Ian
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  6. masterbrewer

    masterbrewer TDMster

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    G'day Ian :thumb
    Can I tell you, it's been a long 2 years waiting to do another ride report too, but now life's lookin' good again :rayof

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  7. Russ

    Russ Super Moderator Super Moderator

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    Thanks, wish I could spend more time out that way such a great riding area. Looking forward to Poon next month:clap
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    That my friend is very good news. :clap

    Now get on with it...:lurk:lurk


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  9. masterbrewer

    masterbrewer TDMster

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    Ha!...ha!..ha!... Thanks Bender, I hope everything is as positive for you too.

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  10. Aussie Trev

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    Looks like the sort of ride Tena Ray Trev might enjoy MB....:wink:
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  11. Mickldo

    Mickldo Been here awhile

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    Lovin the RR so far.

    I grew up in Broken Hill and Dad was in the speed boat club. We used to go up to Copi every second weekend to waterski. Dad had a cool old wooden speed boat powered by a flathead Ford V8 and later he had one powered by a Y block Ford. Good times.
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  12. masterbrewer

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    continuing ...........

    After regrouping a few times on the mainly easy tracks

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    We soon arrived at Coombah Roadhouse for an experience & a half with the very friendly, fabulously boisterous attendant

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    Interesting sign on the loo ....................... with legs like hers, she had obviously posed for both figures on the sign as well.

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    It wasn't long before other Copi Hollow devotees arrived for a similar refueling experience, before travelling via Broken Hill to get to their destination.

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    We then headed into the "interesting" part of this ride for some & as sweep it wasn't long before I came over a very sandy hill witnessing ChrisG spectactually going down, pirouetting in the process & eventually being pinned under his bike.

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    With the tank cap flapping loose, fuel was splashing over the hot exhaust & onto his leg :eek1 luckily I managed to stop the gushing fuel & release his trapped leg without Guy Fawkes showing his presence.

    While repairing damage to bike & rider, the others soon returned some 10kms or more to see what the hold up was

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    The next task was to restart his BMW which refused to cooperate

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    Does anyone know if he has BMW Road Side Assist? ........................ did you read the fine print boys :deal obviously not .

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    ........................................... so the heavy artillery was called for & jumper leads were brought out.

    Unfortunately it wasn't long before gravity grabbed him again

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    His heavy luggage causing most of his problems, but unfortunately it was needed as he was flying for work direct from Mildura, (halfway home) to Melbourne. However once his panniers were shared amongst the group, good progress was able to be made.

    Our next challenge soon be-friended us

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    OK! ........ who's going first?

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    Progress through Tor Downs Station was very slow & challenging for the big bikes, especially GC's Varadero over the very sandy tracks with only the occasional open areas, taking us some 4 hours to travel only 30kms :huh

    Wasn't this sandy last year guys, Fester kept reiterating .................... over & ....... over & ..... over again. :bueller

    "Phuk this shit, I don't want to play anymore :(: ...................... I'm going home"

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    Close attention was still required for unsuspecting wash outs & eroded sections

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    After the tough first 30kms, the remaining 27kms from the stock yards seemed a breeze

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    .............................. until we found this????? :becca

    Noooooooo! .......................I'm not riding 57kms back over that stuff :eek1

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    Embarrasingly as we proceeded to dismantle the gate hinges, the landowner's wife arrived & after some sweet talking by GC :rogue ............... I know it's hard to believe :D ................... she unlocked the gate for us.:clap

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    and then we saw this sign ................. WTF ..... OH&S? :huh

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    The remaining 80kms or so to Copi Hollow was ridden in the dark, ever alert for the numerous skippys, often riding side by side to increase the brightness of our dust dulled headlights & especially after two roos jumped between me & the lead rider.

    Finally arriving at Copi Hollow after 7.30pm, we were directed to the far end of the grassed camp ground, which we didn't realise the significance until sunrise. :hmmmmm

    to be continued ............

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  13. 1WD

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    Lookin good mate!
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  14. bull600

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    This is interesting MB.. before our trip I endeavored to contact Tor Downs Station to ask about road conditions and access from the Tandou Road south through to Coombah but despite numerous attempts I wasn’t successful in getting through. When we were at Bindara Station I enquired re access through that section and it seems that they aren't the most popular people in the district. The story went that they didn’t like people passing through and there were romours of the road having locked gates on it!<o:p></o:p>
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    As it turns out we got washed out so it wasn’t an option but in talking to the copper in Medindee he said that as far as he was concerned it was a gazetted road and shouldn’t be locked. <o:p></o:p>
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    I’d be interested to hear what they said to you about it<o:p></o:p>
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    Cheers :thumb<o:p></o:p>
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  15. TerryK

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    Good one Kym...looks like the ride the other weekend was only a warm up for this.

    Cheers Terry
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  16. masterbrewer

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    continuing ...................

    We awoke to a glorious day in a fabulously luxurious camping location, compared to our usual outback sites, only to find they had placed us 'strange unclean folk' some 50m + away from the other "old, bright & shiney lots" :lol3 & some 150m from the amenities which fortunately had a bar nearby to make the trek worthwhile :freaky

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    Rather than walk, I hitched a ride with Papa Smurph

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    However it wasn't long before our presence was made, as we inspected the mind blowing indulgence of "The Other Lot"

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    Amazingly this whole set up (apart from the bike :D ) came outa a smallish trailer

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    More to my way of thinking

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    A local boy

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    and even one with training wheels :wink:

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    It just goes to show even the shiney things break down

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    Something more akin to our style

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    and finally a TDM :clap

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    Not to be outdone, we also had something special riding with us :ricky

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    continuing ................
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  17. pops

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    Fu&# you MB .
    I have not been near my bikes for 4 weeks now after doing my back in :cry
    Just went out and done a oil change on the 950, thinking i might be ok to go for a small ride to blinman :clap

    Your ride reports always do this to me.



    I ended up going back to bed , hurt my back again doing the oil change and trying to get the bike out of the shed after.

    :cry:cry:cry:cry I WANT TO GO FOR A RIDE :cry:cry:cry

    Great ride report mate:clap
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    ..................... continiung

    After the formal equipment inspections GregT (XLVR) (ex local) gave us a quick tour of the attractions :deal

    The only supermarket, actually I think is was the only shop in Menindee :huh

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    what? .................... that was it. :lol3 ................. plus a couple of lakes I suppose.

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    Jase & Jerry then joined me to do the the toursity thingo & count how many roos we missed in the dark last night in Kinchega NP. Phark! .......................... that many :eek1

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    I must admit, I enjoy a different type of slab :dutch

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    Do ya reckon we can tow it back to camp?

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    Before returning for a bit of bike maintenance

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    The new soon to be patented BMW outback indicator repair kit with warning sticker

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    and resting in preparation to watch the glorious sunset

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    A 3 course dinner was provided, although some seemed to be always eating, based on the number of wrist bands :lol3

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    Wasn't me! ................................................................................ :nod

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    while others sweet talked the lovely catering girls :arch for extra sweets before verbalising around a camp fire & entertained by the live band

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    They use big logs out here:huh

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    ............................. to be continued
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  19. jtb

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    MB,

    Great report!

    Only problem is that you crow eaters can NEVER spell MENINDEE properly. I understand that you have a Medindie... from looking at the map I assume it's a suburb for the battlers! :huh

    Looking forward to the rest. :clap
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  20. masterbrewer

    masterbrewer TDMster

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    Fussy bugga!

    You know my reports jtb ........................ can't let the truth get in the way of a good story :lol3

    The interesting return journey is yet to come. :deal

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