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 before that week long trip a few South Australian inmates, lead by Sundowner were tossing around the
    idea of heading upto Finke in Central Australia in 4 weeks time for the Finke Desert Race... a 2 day 500km blast down
    an abandoned railway line thru the desert...

    i'd semi comitted to going before this last trip..



    but after my last little trip i wasn't that keen anymore..

    i new it would be a great trip thou.... so i lined Sundowner up to have a bit of a map session one evening...

    Sundowner chose the dodgiest pub in Adelaide for this meeting... inmate TonyRDR came along too..

    it was a good session but i was still having doubts..

    i'd also been and got the results of a nerve conductivity test i'd had and the doc wanted to opperate on both wrists to
    relieve my carpal tunnel syndrome that had really been playing up the last few months..


    in the end i decided to at least get bike ready... she needed a few things done regardless...

    new indicator...done...

    new heat guard... done...

    [​IMG]

    new mirror... done...


    bash plate

    [​IMG]

    bashed back into shape and cracks re-welded... done..


    did a bit of research on tyres and it seemed that pirelli was about to release the scorpion rally in australia.... so i ordered one..

    all this happened in adelaide... i had some old tyres etc at my house 400-odd km out of adelaide so i planned to go down there for 5
    or so days and finish my tool tube, fit some more worn out tyres that i could do the first 1000kms of bitumen on
    then throw away and spoon on new dirt tyres...

    oh and also empty a few cans or waterproofer onto the tent....


    so i think i'd kinda decided that i would goto Finke... and tomorrow i was heading off to my house to get set-up...


    then the phone rang....




    .
  2. miepiechief

    miepiechief Adventurer

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    In my book you're an ADV- all star ! :thumb
  3. motor-ray

    motor-ray FNG

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    I have been enjoying your report! Keep it coming!:clap
  4. ozbikedude

    ozbikedude Long timer

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    been out bush for 36days ,thanks for the update .....more to come?
    cheers aub.
  5. TLR_Mart

    TLR_Mart Adventurer

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    Me thinks he's out for "repairs" for his carpal tunnel. :evil
  6. ozbikedude

    ozbikedude Long timer

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    hey dude its been nearly a month??????????????????????????:huh
  7. OceanMtnSea

    OceanMtnSea Pretty Dogged

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    Scars need to heal and wisdom needs to be processed.....................give him some time.......he will be back :1drink
  8. jugglingogre

    jugglingogre Exocet Wallaby Target

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    The deciples are waiting brother; let us pray.


    :lol3
  9. Sundowner

    Sundowner Bort

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    I pray he puts down whatever nurse he's fooling around with and starts typing again. That's what I'll pray for. What a slacker. :bluduh
  10. OceanMtnSea

    OceanMtnSea Pretty Dogged

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  11. linksIT

    linksIT nOObie

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    Just read through this whole thread. You Aussies are crazy, tough as nails and really push the envelope. Thanks so much for the awesome adventure, you take that heavy bike places I wouldn't even think it could go. Glad you healed up well from the roo crash and I look forward to following your continued adventures.:freaky
  12. GoneAgain

    GoneAgain Huh?

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    thanks for all the kind words / concerns lads.... sorry for the delay....i been...."away" :evil

    but i'm home for prob 2 weeks now, just paid my internet bill and got my connection 'un-suspended' :lol3

    hopin to start the next crazy bit soon (like tonight!)... and looking forward to it too!! :clap

    hang tight!

    ..
  13. GoneAgain

    GoneAgain Huh?

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    so a phone call from Melbourne.... Mum was in hospital with heart failure...:eek1

    guess i wouldnt be going to Finke in 5 days afterall....:cry

    i spent the next day on and off the phone to Melbourne... and decide that the day after i'd go to Melbourne.... on my bike...

    so i headed off on the 730-odd km ride from Adelaide to Melbourne.... it was winter and cold... and was getting dark by time i got to ararat....
    i'd brought everything...except my thermal neck-sock thingie.... and it was bloody cold....

    i just made the bike shop in Ararat as he was closing up... and he'd only just sold out of them a day or 2 before...

    i went back up the main street and found a camping shop that was still open.... i looked around but they didnt have any..

    they did have some nice thermal beanies for $8....

    i grabbed one and paid the cashier.... then asked him if he had any scissors...

    he pulled out a pair aparently thinking i was gonna cut the tags off...

    i cut the tags off..

    then cut the stitching out of the top of the beanie and opened it up...

    pulled it on over my head and down over my neck... handed back the scissors, said thank you and buggered of towards melbourne...


    from memory it was about 9pm by time i got to the hospital...

    i stayed for an hour or so, then rode the hour out to mums place and crashed after a long day.....

    went back in the next day and mum wasnt too bad.... caught up with Philmeup for lunch and then back to hospital for chats with doctors etc...

    seemed like mum would be ok and should be out in a few days...

    spent the evening chatting to mum and decided i'd prob leave tomorrow and still goto Finke... but would be a few days later leaving than i'd originally planned..

    next morning i popped back in to hospital for a while then headed off the 500ish kms to my house down near Mount Gambier..

    i didnt have the 5 days that i wanted to have down there...i had 2.5...

    i finished tool tube, waterproofed tent ( i didnt get time to test it though) and didnt have time to change tyres.... which didnt bother me too much as id just done
    an extra 1500km on these knobbies that i hadnt planed on... so they were not in such prime condition anymore..


    the day came to leave for Adelaide and it was raining.... i packed bike undercover and waited for the rain to stop...

    it started to hail...:eek1

    about 12:30 it was getting to the point if i didnt leave i'd be getting to Adelaide in the dark.... and i've kinda decided there isnt really any need to ride at night...

    the hail stopped, i wrapped myself up and headed off in the rain the 400km to adelaide...

    barely 25km into the ride, in the rain and fog, i just managed to spot 2 emu's on the road with just enough time to pull up before cleaning us all up... a bit slower
    i rolled on to Kingston where the sun broke out... a quick hot coffee and i was off again...

    [​IMG]


    it was dark as i rolled into adelaide.....

    my new tyres were waiting for me...

    [​IMG]


    .
  14. GoneAgain

    GoneAgain Huh?

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    the next morning was wet again i packed and headed off to my local coffee joint for one last coffee before heading off..

    (dunno what happened to the just about to leave packed bike photo went...)

    Back-pedal a tad...

    there was a plan...

    Sundowner had lined up 6 inmates to meet at a multitude of places....

    and i'm sure (and hope) they'll all pipe in with lie's, photos and other details along the way...)


    myself, Sundowner and TonyRDR were heading off from Adelaide... but all at seperate times... Sundowner was due to leave first and
    go gold detecting before meeting up with TonyRDR at Marree... i was due to leave about the some time as Sundowner but go a different way
    and meet him somewhere between Maree and Oodnadatta

    OzBikeDude was coming up from Ceduna and would meet us at a camp about 10km out of Oodnadatta..

    Desertdog was going to meet us 'somewhere', at the latest, the same camp as Ozbikedude...


    and last but least UncleGra was meeting us....dunno.... Sundowner suposedly had it sorted thou....


    the plan was all a bit loose for the first few days, but the definate was you had to be at the
    camp near Oodnadatta wednesday night...thurs morning at the latest..


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  15. Sundowner

    Sundowner Bort

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    And we're off. Woo hoo. :clap
  16. UncleGra

    UncleGra CRASHING BORE

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    :lurk...evenin' Glen...
  17. ozbikedude

    ozbikedude Long timer

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    howdy boys,just gettin the popcorn out.
  18. Sundowner

    Sundowner Bort

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    Lads. :wave How's things out bush?
  19. ozbikedude

    ozbikedude Long timer

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    hey dick ,life is good,havent forgotten the tank bag,need address.hows the rat race,i can see this being an epic .............greg...................................greg.................????gone again..?
  20. GoneAgain

    GoneAgain Huh?

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    Sorry Aub, had to... ummm... go see the nurse :evil


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