Gone, Again... ( Random Adventures in Oz )

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by GoneAgain, Dec 23, 2009.

  1. GoneAgain

    GoneAgain Huh?

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    so after lunch it was more detours :evil

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    into some great country...

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    which didnt seem to get visited that often....
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    stopped to have a bit of a look at the track before going down....

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    seemed ok so down i went :D

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    but track was getting steeper, more overgrow and greasy...

    a check of the GPS indicated the track just kept going down and down to a river.... and given how overgrown it was i didnt think it would go thru... so given my 'not much fuel' situation it was turn around again time..

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    got back up without tooooo much drama:lol3

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    so fuel was getting to be a fair concern now... and time was also starting to fly by.... so it was time to focus on just getting to Licola as quick as possible (and via a fairly short route)

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  2. GoneAgain

    GoneAgain Huh?

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    my 'bad' luck with finding 'thru' tracks however continued....:cry

    and after a few more 'turn-arounds', i thought i was on a sure thing and might just make it to Licola without walking...

    until..


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    so another detour...

    which poped me out at the top of a monster hill..

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    a check of the GPS showed me that i just had to get down this hill, thru a creek, and there was a bitumen road on the far side of the valley which lead about 6kms to Licola:D

    easy :evil



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    'sept the hill turned out pretty damn steep...

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    .about halfway down i saw a truck on that bitumen road...how exciting!...

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    there was no going back up now...

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    so made it to the bottom... then a quick dash thru the overgrown river flats.... which was a minefield of wombat holes :deal

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    i finally made it to the creek... bitumen about 1km away! :freaky


    but ummmm.... that creek.... turned out to be more of a 'river' :eek1

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    wasnt getting back up that hill.... didnt have enough fuel anyway.....


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  3. OceanMtnSea

    OceanMtnSea Pretty Dogged

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    Good to see you are still Gone, Again!

    Not that I ever wanted to, but I had the unfortunate experience of recently joining your busted leg club. You may not remember me, but I asked about the relationship between leg injury and paniers.........but in my case it was a direct relationship - I watched it happen:cry

    Shit happens:muutt........now I have more time to read, so keep up the posts
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    Cheers,
    J
  4. Gota

    Gota Adventurer

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    G'day GoneAgain,
    Found your RR tonight read all of it fantastic.
    Wholy S$#T, glad your are OK from the roo incident :eek1 and back on a bike again too.
    Look forward to reading more of you RR. :clap
    Cheers gotawee
  5. GoneAgain

    GoneAgain Huh?

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    Hey nice work OMS :cry

    be interesting to see if that big screw holdin your Tib and Fib together stays in long term.... thats one that came loose on me.... having said that yours goes in a lot further... hope its all good!!

    pretty damn good lookin end of the world you did it in!! :deal where is that...?

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  6. GoneAgain

    GoneAgain Huh?

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    .so jumped off the bike to have a look at my options....:eek1

    (hey did i mention i came down that track on the hill in the background :D )

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    so i had a 3 meter drop-off into the river in front of me... and 500m to the left the river cut into a hill forming a big cliff so that way was out... to the right a bit i found this spot...



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    that was the ONLY option :deal

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    i did a bit of a walk in.. and convinced myself it would all be good...

    it wasnt muddy (just full of big round rocks :lol3 )
    and if had kind formed a bit of a bank half way across... (which meant the next half was flowin pretty fast :lol3 )

    so i walked about a third of the way across, and picked my line for the rest...

    just had to be done...


    .so back on the bike....


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  7. GoneAgain

    GoneAgain Huh?

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    so off i headed into the river.... bumpy as hell but all going well..

    the part i walked was fine...

    but then as i headed into the fast flowing part.... the river suddenly got deeper and deper real quick... and the water was movin pretty damn quick...

    the heartbeat increased as my eyes flicked constantly from watchin in the water for massive boulders to avoid, areas that looked a bit shallower... and how the water level was goin compared to the air intakes... :eek1

    the exhaust was blowin bubbles....

    and then she putted out the other side :clap
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    of course i was soaked... :evil


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    so was the bike...but all good...
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    so what happens when you think your home free.....?

    yep... you find a gate...:lol3

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    anyway, it wasnt locked... and it was my only way out.... so off through a paddock full of sheep, thru another gate, thru a hay-shed, past a farmers house and up his driveway and i was out on bitumen.... a couple of km later i was in Licola :clap

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    i fueled up (seems i had about 400ml of fuel left :eek1)

    those 2 puddles on the ground are from me emptying my boots ....

    i was wet thru, had a bit of a lok at the map to see were i might camp tonight... but wasnt that keen... really wanted to dry out a bit...

    there was a campground behind the shop and i figured i could use their laundry to dry my pants out at least...

    anyway i aimed high and asked the woman how much one of their cabins would be.....

    40-odd bucks! :eek1 :D :deal DONE!!


    the shop didnt have all that much in the way of supplys, so it looked like i would have to go for a spin down the bitumen to Heyfield to get some stuff for the next few days.... and figured since i had a stove... and had worked up an appitite a fair feed was in order too...

    wacked the boots in front of the heater, got changed and headed off the 50-odd kms to Heyfield...



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  8. OceanMtnSea

    OceanMtnSea Pretty Dogged

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    Your Xray is way worse than mine - tib and fib - ouch.....whereas min is only the fib and an ankle separation, but for some reason I remembered our discussion about the panier and lower leg injuries:(:.

    If you are really bored sometime my sorry-assed story is here: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=747592&page=48 posts 718, 729 & 749. Around my story there is lots of nice eye candy from some pretty nice country in British Columbia.

    If you have any tips & tricks around the ankle/leg healing process you would like to share with me, feel free.....I could use them as this is my first bone break.

    Cheers,
    J
  9. motor-ray

    motor-ray FNG

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    I have been enjoying your posts. Keep 'em coming!:evil
  10. GoneAgain

    GoneAgain Huh?

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    Hey OMS... nice write-up:clap and some great lookin scenery over your way :eek1

    good to read you'll be getting the steel-work removed..

    as for hot tips :ear....

    eat your vegies, dont smoke or drink, and do what the physio tells ya.. no matter how boring/monotonous it is :deal


    be well!


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  11. GoneAgain

    GoneAgain Huh?

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    the trip into Heyfield was 54kms of real twisty bitumen... made a nice change.. :deal

    darkness was fast aproaching so it was a real quick shop in town and then back out thru the forrest before it got too dark and Skippy's came out to play :eek1

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    a reasonable sunset...
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    and then darkness....


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    made it safely back to Licola.... got my pants and socks off into the wash, checked out the egg forming on my shin from an earlier wack on the footpeg..

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    got my gear into the dryer, and cooked up a bit feed of steak n vegies :D


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    then an early night :deal


    next day was up and ready to go... boots were still well wet even though they'd been near the heater all night, so the good ol' plastic bags were called upon....:D

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    bike was packed... (how good is that cabin for $40-odd! :deal )

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    and then i was off again....

    using a bridge this time to cross the river that i'd riden thru yesterday :lol3


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    then it was off north up the Tamboritha road.....

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    the first 15-odd kms was a real nice bitumen run for first thing in the morning :evil

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    but then it was back onto the dirt :D

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  12. miepiechief

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    :thumb Good stuff, keep it coming.
  13. GoneAgain

    GoneAgain Huh?

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    so a fair way out Tamboritha rd, a track called Dingo Hill track headed off west. sounded better than the 'road' i was on... a quick check of the GPS showed it could be a 'short-cut' :deal

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    so off down Dingo Hill track i went...

    it was due to be closed in about a month...

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    was some great alpine scenery thru there...

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    and then the track started to become more of a 'track' :D

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    good spot for morning tea :evil

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    and then the track started winding downwards.. (elevation 1300m)

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    and then the desent got steeper...

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    and stepper...

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    but there were plenty of switchbacks to cut the speed on...

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    track started to get fairly eroded... and i was starting to have doubts about getting back up this way.... a fair bit of GPS investigation showed the track dropped down to about 600m.. but there was 3 other ways up and out the other side..


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    so i continued on down reasonably happy there was a few other options out the other side..

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    and down and down...

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    and down...............

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    until i finally hit the bottom.... Dingo Creek crossing...... good spot for lunch :evil
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  14. GoneAgain

    GoneAgain Huh?

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    so after a relaxing lunch break at Dingo Creek, it was on to Calidonian Creek...


    i was to follow this creek upstream for about 20kms before climbing up nearly 1,000m (i was down at about 600m now)
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    another creek crossing...


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    i lost count of the many muddy eroded creek crossings..

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    i think it was somewhere about 18 crossings...


    i got sick of taking photos of them all... given the day was fast getting away because the going was so slow...
    and it looked like i would have to climb up and out to find a decent camp...
    everywhere along the creek was just too dense with forest, and completely waterlogged...

    anyway so crossing number ? maybe 11? looked like a nice easy one...

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    but about 3 quarters of the way across i cracked into a big boulder, bellying out on the bash plate...

    over i went...

    not sure how, but i managed to hit the kill switch on the way down. and was
    kinda off the bike before it landed on its side with the left air intake completely submerged...

    i heaved her straight back up..

    and stood knee deep in water, in a fast flowing, bloody cold creek, all by myself wondering what to do...

    i had a look in the air intake,

    oddly enough it was dry inside..

    figuring there was no way to push her out of the creek, i figured i had no choice but to try start her....

    and away she went!

    bashing over some more rocks (cracking the bash plate in the process), i was out....



    and on thru more of this shit.... most of these holes were deeper than the creeks

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    given how muddy and dodgy some of the creek crossings were, i decided to try bail up Caladonia Link track...
    this didnt put me out quite where i wanted to end up, but hey....

    it also lead to my second out option about a kilometre along it where it split in two...

    about 2pm....

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    but...

    the link track had its own issues...

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    and after spending way to long trying to get up this steep gravely hill, including trying to drag the bike up....

    and also sliding 2 metres back down the hill with the bike on its side with my (bad) foot trapped underneath,

    it was time to write-off thes 2 possible exits..

    and head for the only other one left......

    and so it was back along the creek, throught more creeks and mud holes...

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    until late in the day the track started to climb...

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    i started contemplating just pitching tent on one of the flatish spots on the switchbacks...

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    but i pushed on as darkness aproached...



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    bloody hard work....

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    now and then the track would level out as it went along the top of a ridge.... nowhere to camp but....

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    a lot of the time was spent bouncing from rock to rock at a fair pace to keep momentum on my side..

    of course that goes pair-shaped every now and then....

    bounced a bit to far to the side off one rock and front wheel smacked straight into a vertical face of another,
    stopping the bike on the spot..

    sending me shooting straight over the bars...

    banging up a thumb, and missing head-butting another large rock by all of about 3 inches...


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    light was fading... i was buggered... but this wasnt the spot to camp....

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    so pick up the bike again.... and try get moving from a standing start on this hill...

    another hour of battling up the mountain went past...

    until the front end got a bit too airborne off another rock...

    not sure how i stayed on as the bike did a piroette on the back wheel and plowed off into the scrub on the side of the ridge top track...

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    less than a metre thru those bushes is a near vertical 200 metre drop....

    i dragged the bike back out.... but knew i'd had enough for the day...i was riskin killing myself if i continued in the dark...

    battered n bruised i trudged up the hill on foot to find anywhere i could pitch camp..

    i found a small flatish spot, pulled out some bushes that were growing on it and trudged back down and got tent, sleepingbag, some food etc...

    and propped bike up for the night where she was on the track......


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    and left her there in the dark to set up camp...

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    i set camp, had a feed and crashed hard for the night....

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  15. TerryK

    TerryK Ulysses

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    Your a game bugger riding a heavy bike by yourself in such harsh conditions.

    Well done GA, looking forward to the rest of the RR

    Cheers Terry
  16. OceanMtnSea

    OceanMtnSea Pretty Dogged

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    Your climb sounds way to familiar for my liking just yet :eek1

    The time to find a riding partner is before hills like that you know.

    J
  17. GoneAgain

    GoneAgain Huh?

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    you might have a point there...... :shog


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  18. GoneAgain

    GoneAgain Huh?

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    i was awoken around 3.00am to the sound of rain....... not heaps, but
    enough to play or your mind that the next day was gonna be even more interesting.... :huh

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    daylight hit and i managed to find a spot where i got enough phone coverage
    that i could get a weather report..


    hmmmm.. snow down to 1200m...:eek1

    i was currently at 1400m...

    GPS said i had to get up to about 1600m before getting out of this track...

    (did i mention i camped on the side of the track )

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    so i pulled the wet boots back onto a black and swollen foot..

    and noticed that the tent floor was damp under the therm-a-rest....:eek1

    i left tent where she was and treked back down the hill...
    i figured i should try get bike up as a priority... before snow and heavy rain hit..
    tent could wait...



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    i got back to bike..

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    took a deep breath,

    jumped on and had another crack...



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  19. miepiechief

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    Oooeeeeeee, a cliffhanger :lurk
  20. OceanMtnSea

    OceanMtnSea Pretty Dogged

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    Well there is a gap in the timeline............................he did get out........but we will have to wait to see if it involved more injuries other than being cold:ear