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

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

  1. bomose

    bomose Long timer

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    I'm still watching the report.:DBeautiful places. Wish I could get there someday, but still exploring America.
  2. GoneAgain

    GoneAgain Huh?

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    hey look at that.... 2 people are reading :clap

    that means i should post 2 days worth! :D

    and yep, Sundowner, East Macs depinately are worth the trip, even though they are not 'pushed' as much as the west Mac's...


    ok... onward! :lol3



    so the next morning i rode out the same ol' rough track from yesterday... out
    to the 'Ross River Highway'... and continued out east to the Ross River Homestead...


    nice enough place... seems they're tidying the place up a bit... not sure if i agree with them using the term 'resort'... :eek1


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    but nice enough place to get some fuel and a coffee..


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    they have a bar, big dinning room, cabins etc...

    oh and they'd rescued this little fella... no doubt he'll grow up big n strong.... n take someone off their bike.... :cry

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    so after fueling me and the bike, next stop was another place Robbie had recomended.. (oh and since then, Sundowner too :D) , N'Dhala Gorge..

    a little bit of water...


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    and a gate....


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    and some sandy river beds...


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    and some cattle grids..

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    and i was there...

    i was a little walk in... reasonably long gorge..

    shame there was no water in there... :cry


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    but a nice part of the world all the same...

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    i returned to the bike, and rode back out the way i'd come in..and then headed north east to Arltunga...

    heard there was a pub there... :clap :freaky

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    unfortunately..................... :cry

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    seems its not much of a pub anymore... :cry


    anyway it meant i was at Arltunga..

    really interesting 'town'... :deal

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    well worth spending a bit of time walking around..

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    i probably could have spent most of the day there.... but i had a rough plan to
    get out to Ruby Gap (about as far east as you can get in the MacDonnel Ranges)

    so off i went...

    heading off the 40kms out the '4wd only' track.. :clap

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    stopped for another late lunch..

    and then stopped for a flat front tyre.... :cry


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    no real drama....

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    pumped up and was on my way again.. :evil

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    about 10 mins later, the front was feelin a little loose again...

    i stopped, yep, she was goin down... :eek1

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    i had about 12 km to go... and it was gettin late...

    i wacked some more air in, crossed my fingers and headed off..:evil

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    about 5kms further on she was flat again... :cry

    it was gettin late, i had about 7km to go, last air stop let me get 5km...

    i figured... air up here, then one more time, then be at Ruby Gap for the night.. :wink:

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    that air lasted 3 kms.... :ear

    hmmm..

    aired up, and took off (no time for photos!)

    flat again just as i left the last cattle station......

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    GPS said i had about 600m to go....

    the track was now sandy...

    i just rode her in to Ruby Gap......

    got to the sign and said 'that'll do'.... :1drink

    got a fire goin...

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    then setup tent, got tea on... and said 'bugger the puncture...till the morning'...

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    So the next morning the front wheel came of and the tube out...

    shit bloody bubber/glue/patches.... :eek1

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    old patch had blown off...

    decided not to stuff around... had a spare tube and would be back in Alice tonight...

    so in went the new tube... i'd grab another new one tomorrow and then ditch this old one... :thumb

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    went for a little walk, but not all the way down to 'Ruby Gap' itself..

    and then headed off...

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    weather forcast said there was a bit of a cool change due today....

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    was a pretty good ride back out...

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    id been tossing up the idea of following UncleGra's tracks and heading around and up Cattlewater Pass..

    the name just sounds like it'd be a good ride... :evil

    but fuel was going to be an issue..

    hillier than i remembered goin in...

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    i hadnt filled up the jerry yesterday, so i would need to go back to Ross River 'resort' for fuel either way..

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    checking the map once there, it was a pretty big 'backtrack' to get to Cattlewater Pass..

    and given today was Sunday, it made more sense to head back to Alice Springs today for beers on a sunday night, than get there tomorrow for beers on a Monday night.... :freaky

    so i sent Robbie a text to get his address and say i'd see him tonight.. and hit the 'highway' for the 130-odd km back to Alice..

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    Hit Robbies place, had a hot shower, went out for a great feed (about 100 metres from the place Aub and Graham and i had the crap mixed grill at a few nights earlier :shog)

    even had stacks of backpackers, locals, bands etc playin...! :deal

    nice to see a bit of civilisation every now and then! (oh except for the half dozen 'natives' at the end of the
    night who mistook me for someone who put their cousin in hospital the day before....) :eek1


    The next morning, with a sore head, i pulled out the maps and pondered what to do with day 15 of this 10 day trip to Finke and back.......

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  3. pastou

    pastou www.2mil.fr

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    great trip !!! seems to have been a lot a fun so far :) :) :)
  4. bigdon

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  5. Sundowner

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    Chinese Wubber Glue again? :D Glad you experienced Ndhala Gorge - most amazing place as almost all the rocks you walk over have marine fossils embedded in them. Plus there's the Aboriginal petroglyphs on all the big rocks. Stunning area.
  6. OceanMtnSea

    OceanMtnSea Pretty Dogged

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  7. nazza

    nazza Trouble

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    :clap awesome Glen.. keep it coming!
  8. 1WD

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    Or Greg. :D:lol3
  9. nazza

    nazza Trouble

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    lol no shit.. we were just talking about UncleGra calling him Glen as I was typing and so... :rofl
  10. 1WD

    1WD KTM Tragic

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    lol good one!

    He Glen... err Greg... you coming to the Classic? Or do crowds freak you out? :rofl
  11. GoneAgain

    GoneAgain Huh?

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    yep... but at least mine had 'glue' in em... not like your world famous tubes of chinese air! :rofl

    dunno what it is about patches these days.... someone was telling me there is a high silicon content in tubes these days... maybe thats got somethin to do with it... :ear


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  12. GoneAgain

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    Hi UncleGra ! :wave :rofl



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  13. GoneAgain

    GoneAgain Huh?

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    yeah they freak me out a bit! :eek1

    lol... nah, got a bit on at the moment, and savin for the next 'ride', so wont be gettin up there...

    sounds like everyone has a blast but.....



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  14. NotHome

    NotHome Been here awhile

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    I don't know Greg as I remember multiple punctures on a ride we did about 3 years ago Greg and luckily finding the wife of the local Tyre repair place in the BP servo at Mannum late at night. Maybe it is you :D
  15. UncleGra

    UncleGra CRASHING BORE

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    Gday again Glen...Cattlewater Pass was a great ride out to the Plenty...I think its closed now..Going back to the centre again..barely touched it last time..loved this RR..thanks for putting it up. Whats on for his winter....:ear
  16. GoneAgain

    GoneAgain Huh?

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    nah..... I'll take credit for the first puncture.... but the 4 after that... might have to give Sundowner the credit for those :deal :lol3



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  17. GoneAgain

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    UncleBob..! :wave

    Sounded like it was just about closed back then too :lol3

    spoke to a few people about it..seems the cops and station owners got a bit tired of goin and pullin people out....

    and also heard a (i think) french couple got stuck in there... hitched out and flew home... leaving the vehicle stuck in there and told no-one.... sparking a pretty big search for them... :eek1

    not sure where (if :D) i'm goin this year... Aubs Anne Beadell trip was soundin goood till he canned that... think i'm workin for the next 3 months.... but fair chance i'll get out somewhere after that...!



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  18. Sundowner

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    Do you lot feel like going to the Safari this year, to spectate and tag along?
  19. GoneAgain

    GoneAgain Huh?

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    thats years away! late september yeah?

    i though you'd put in to have July off...?

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  20. farawayman

    farawayman Been here awhile

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    What a great read and fantastic photos :clap:clap:clap
    May I make a suggestion?


    Keep riding, keep taking pictures and keep posting
    So get on your bike and be gone again :lol3