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

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  1. GoneAgain

    GoneAgain Huh?

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    so was scooting around the forrest near Walpole, and decide "here" wasnt a good place to camp:eek1

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    got outta there pretty quickly, tracks started getting rougher, and started winding downhill...

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    till i got to this..

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    walked across the rocks... view from half way over..

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    view from other side..

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    so back across i climb, jump on the bike, and splutter on thru the first real creek/river crossing of this trip...

    didnt end up being that deep.. bit higher that the top of the front sprocket..

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    up a fairly steep hill on the other side...

    to this :becca

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    so , no way thru on the left, and right was a reasonable drop down and a couple of trees in the way too..

    back was the river and back up the other side,.. and well, it was just 'back'.. didnt like that idea much...

    so around the left side it was to be...

    of course bike was a bit long to do the sharp turn required, and panniers didnt help..

    and neither did the ground giving way amd the back wheel sliding abut a foot down the hill in a little landslide.. :eek1

    anyway, half hour or so, lots o swearing and sweat, finally got her thru...

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    hey whatta ya know... that thing was called a 'gate'..... :deal

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    hot, hungry and thursty it was off into Walpole...

    service in the bakery was shithouse....

    went down the lake for lunch..

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    nice spot..

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    but kinda glad i didnt get here the night before....


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  2. slowpoke69

    slowpoke69 Been here awhile

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    One helluva RR there GA, giving Docking Pilot a run for the money on these 2. What's 40 in our degrees(F)? You may be a bit off your rocker, but who ain't. Some way cool shots, outstanding color in the Duke of Orleans Bay, un b freakin lievably blue. Lucky man you are, being able to do trips like that as you please. Stay safe, and don't let that 800 take too many naps when you're trying your damdest to make tracks!:D :rofl :freaky
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  3. jon_l

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  4. GoneAgain

    GoneAgain Huh?

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    so finished lunch then back of into the forest....

    some kooky stuff in them there forests...

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    real kookie....


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    so enough of the kookiness, time to get lost (kinda) :D

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    kinda funny, i was riding around here for a while, and acording to gps i was on a 'reasonable' road..

    but the damn thing just kept turning to crap etc...

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    wasnt untill i was standin on the pegs and happened to look over to the right that i realised the road i was 'suposed' to be on was about 5 metres to my right, just thru some thick tea tree bushes...! :lol3

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    anyway, the day was movin on, i was thinkin i stayed in Orleans Bay too long and had to get a scoot on.. but was also thinkin i was really just goin non stop for days and it wasnt really a 'holiday'... was fun but, wasnt really havin enough time to explore (except this morning)...

    it was was it was...onward...

    some damn cool tracks out here!:clap

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    and some more creeks! :clap

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    the middle..

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    there was a family camped just up out of the river on the right... they heard the 800 and mosseyed out to watch.. .. round of aplause as i came up... stopped for a chat.. brilliant camp spot too.. (and nice to see a bloke go campin with his wife and 2 girls.. great he can still do that without any 'sons'..):clap

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    anyway, another 10km of this joy took me to the highway..

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    cross the South Western Highway and head in towards Broke Harbour, then east onto Chesapeake rd..

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    about 200 km's of this..

    over bridges like this..

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    road got rougher at the west end..

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    down into The De' Somethingkindafrenchsoundingbutimnotgonnatryspellit National Park..

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    and more rivers..

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    then onwards to Pemberton for the night..

    Checked into the YHA..

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    then hit the pub for a mixed grill and a couple of pints...

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    (it was livelier than the pic shows, cos i took that pick the next mornin on my way out.. :D)


    after dinner it was back to the hostel with a 6 pack and a long 'social' night with a bird from the UK..:deal.....



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  5. GoneAgain

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    next day was up early and off to the "Gloucester Tree"..

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    time for an early morning tree climb.. :D

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    there is a lookout platform up the top...about 60 metres up..:eek1

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    view out from the top....

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    made it back down safely, thinkin that more than enough exercise for one day.....:D
    back on the bike for a while...

    although i did get a bit more exercise a bit later on when i went for a walk over this...

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    which was going over this...

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    then off again and on to Cape Leeuwin...pretty much the South Western most point of Australia..

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    this is about as close to the lighthouse as you can get without paying 15 bucks....

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    bugger that...thats what 'zoom' is for..

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    was about to jump back on the bike and start heading north but ended up having a fair old chat to a leather clad bloke on a road bike...who suggested i head up Caves Road to Prevelly, recond there was a good cafe there and always lots of good 'scenery' :evil

    I had already planned on Caves rd, so this just confirmed it....

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    nice high speed road with long sweeping curves.... blew the dust out....:D

    oh and lots of big trees....

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    got to Prevelly, but it was by now pretty windy, lunch was in order so i hit the cafe that was recomended earlier in the day for lunch and a bit of planning... and check out the scenery..

    (oh and gorgonzala in a burger is a great idea!) :deal

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    after lunch i poped down to the beach for a look.....

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  6. GoneAgain

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    so on from Prevelly, i ducked into Margaret River...home of the 'over the top winery', no photos of the town as the place was chocablock with people and after nearly getting taken out twice trying to get fuel, i just wanted out of there as quick as i could....

    continued up the coast to Dunsborough, and being hot n sweaty, decided a late arvo swim was in order... rode a
    little out of town towards the lighthouse and found a nice spot....

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    lots of people there, but no wind for a change as the headland sheltered it...

    was just packin bike up to leave when i hear a 'hello stranger'... kinda glance up to see who is talkin to who....and theres the chick from Pemberton :wink: , she said she had a feeling she'd see me again on the bus this morning... anyway after another half hour chat her lift was going so she gave me her number incase i was changed my mind about heading for Bunbury tonight and stayed in Dunsborough instead...

    so off she went...

    next thing i hear... 'hey nice bike'.... look up to see 2 girls in bikinis :evil

    sat on the grass and chatted for another hour.... (turns out one of the girls was from Darwin and knew a few of my mates from up there...) so anyway, the day was getting away, and after getting offered a place to stay in Fremantle next week after she gets back form this trip, i headed off (after getting the front wheel off the ground to avoid being taken out in the carpark by some over excited grey nomads in an urvan:eek1)

    headed out to the lighthouse...

    by now it was closed

    was about to leave when 2 irish lasses rock up and ask if its still open... nope... after another half hour of chatting (and another offer of 'hey come down to margaret river with us, we have ahouse there, we'll show you around etc :evil ) it was time to try and get out of here...

    quick poke around Dunsborough...

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    a bit of dwelling on where to go (ride, or, um...stay here :lol3 )

    anyway, i needed to be in Perth for my 10k service monday morning, and wanted to get the bike in on Saturday so i didnt have to worry about it over the weekend in Perth.. today was friday....

    it was getting late....off i headed...

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    had a blown headlight, so only made it as far as Bussleton (about 40km)

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    had a look around to try find somewhere to stay..

    not much luck..

    nice jetty but....

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    anyway, found the dodgiest backpackers, and paid way too much for way too little...

    contemplated riding the 40km back to Dunsborough..... but didnt...:ear

    next day was an early start so i could get to Perth (250km), find accomodation for the weekend and then drop off bike before 11:30am.....
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  7. blackcap

    blackcap Been here awhile

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    how did that tent go in the heat? it looks perfect for motorcycle touring but ive read that its a little warm. nice bike too by the way.
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  8. GoneAgain

    GoneAgain Huh?

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    the Tent (MSR Fury) i've had for nearly 8 years.... its seen a lot :D

    regarding the heat, sure, the rear vent is a little small, but the front (of the tent) can be left fully open (with just the 'flywire door' shut, but leave the 'vestuble' door open a bit at the top (it has 2 zips on all doors, so you can open whichever part you like for air) in the daytime it would get toasty in there, but hey...if its a nice sunny day you should be out riding! :lol3

    and at night....well, no tent is gonna....cool you down....

    so, um, i like 'er...compact n light, enough room inside for me, helmet, jacket etc, and enough room in vestible for dirty boots etc..... and being a '4-season' number, she's pretty much bomb proof :deal



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  9. boy60

    boy60 Been here awhile

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    Very good RR great photos. woulda been very hot:rofl :norton
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  10. GoneAgain

    GoneAgain Huh?

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    so rode the 250km into Perth early saturday morning...

    headed down to Cottlesloe beach to find some accomodation for Saturday and Sunday night...

    backpackers booked out for the next 4 weeks...:eek1

    pub booked out :eek1:eek1

    motel booked out :eek1:eek1:eek1

    12 storey hotel booked out :eek1:eek1:eek1:eek1

    hmmm... not looking good down here....

    rode around a bit, and ended up getting a bed at a backpackers down in Fremantle with secure parking round the back..

    for some reason i didnt originally want to stay in 'Freo',,, but it turned out to be a great place to be...

    for some reason i have no photos of Perth..

    spent 2 days wandering around Freo and the odd ride around...

    even washed my riding gear :deal

    (it was a bit 'fragrant' after 12 odd days on the road in 40 plus degree heat...:wink:)


    Monday morning was pack and arrange gear so i could drop off bike about 8am for its 10k service (even though i was upto 12,500kms :lol3) and be in 'civies' to walk around town all day, then hopefully have bike ready about 2pm, change into ridin gear, and start the long haul east again...

    got to the dealer, had a bit of a chat with the end result being them asking "if i wanted to wait for it?"

    "how long will it be?" i enquire..

    'hour n a half, maybe 2 hours..'

    'sure, i'll wait' i grin... should get the miles down i wanted to today...:deal

    drank coffee, plotted a bit of a route and had a look at some bikes..

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    that g450x if a nice lookin bit of kit.... but the chain is on the wrong side :deal

    anyway, i was having a read, when i hear the familiar sound of the F800... but, uh, no, that doesnt sound quite like mine...

    sure enough, a 'new' orange one...

    a little while later..

    i hear the familiar sound of the F800...

    yep, that sounds like mine..

    i stand up but no, that a shiney yellow one...

    about to sit down again when i recognize my panniers...:huh

    bloody hell thats clean!! :deal:rofl

    anyway, the paperwork gets done, i get changed into my riding gear...and


    gone...again..


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  11. SauS TaR-TaR

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  12. GoneAgain

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    so i leave BMW Perth, and ride a couple of streets away to a strip of bike shops, looking for a new set of gloves (somewhere, somehow, lost 'one'..:shog)

    4 shops all with worse than 'shit' customer service... meant i did my best Michael Jackson impersonation... got on my bike and rode off wearing one glove.. :rilla

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    heading home (east) now.....


    left Perth and headed out the Brookton highway...

    started getting low on fuel as none of the "towns" out here were really 'towns'

    didnt look like i'd make it to Brookton, so i turned off and headed into Westdale to get fuel..


    hmmm... havent sold fuel here for a damn long time by the looks of the place... :huh

    having about 20km of fuel left, and Brookton being 50 kms away, i rolled into the local grain depot to see if there was anywhere close to get fuel..

    "nah mate, nearest fuels out at Brookton"....:eek1

    no one has a jerry can ('nah mate, hadnt used it for ages so pulled it outa the ute yesterdy...")

    so anyway, after about half an hour or so, sitting in a donga watchen em eat microwaved steak and gravy (didnt look so good:lol3) and talking shit, we head off into the yard and find some thin air hose that will get past the 'anti-syphoning thingie' in the ute...

    rinse a coke bottle and i end up with 2 litres of fuel:nod


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    hand shakes and thanks and im...

    Gone ...Again :D


    make it (just) to Brookton, fuel up and head out towards Corrigin..

    stop at the "Dog Cemetery" on the way...

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    resting place of pooches such as 'Tiny', 'Dusty', 'Cocoa' and 'Trigger'

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    then continue on to Corrigin for a late lunch...
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    from there it was out the Kondinin Rd,

    thru Kondinin and onto Hyden...

    went straight thru Hyden and out to Wave Rock..

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    always wanted to come here...

    but to be honest, it was a bit of a let-down... not as big as i was expecting....

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    i mean, it was still big and impressive and well worth the look, but you know..

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    anyway, then it was back into Hyden to Fuel up, get some beer and work out which way across to Norseman...

    Oh and meet a few of the locals...

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    and check out some wild life...

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    so had stocked up, and worked out my route...

    time to bid farewell to Hyden..

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    and hit the road...

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    the sun was starting to drop, but luckily it was behind me now... really brought out the color in the trees:deal


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    continued on thru the wheatbelt...

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    sun started dropping fast..


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    had a quick stop at a rabbit proof fence...

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    bike was slowly starting to look a bit more respectable after this mornings sponge bath :D

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    and back out on the sandy track..

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    continued on past some mines, sun was just about to disapear for the day...

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    just as well i'd paid BMW way too much to fix my headlight this morning...:deal

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    it had hit darkness, i hadnt made it as far as id hoped given my fuel 'issue' earlier in the day..

    i rode on for a bit, but decided, given the wildlife, it wasnt worth going another 2 hours.....
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    i continued on till i found a little track running of into the scrub... and headed in..

    the track ran out, i found some clear flat ground,

    setup camp..

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    (i really like this photo btw :lol3)

    made some dinner, had a few beers, took the obligatory nightime bike shot:

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    and hit the sack.....


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  13. SauS TaR-TaR

    SauS TaR-TaR Go BaBy Go...

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  14. GoneAgain

    GoneAgain Huh?

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    so woke up early... got up... looked at fly .. thought ''' "hmm...lookin a bit odd"..

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    but anyway...kept me dry (not that it rained or anything :evil)


    anywho, packed up camp and made my way back out to the 'main road'..

    and was ....

    gone.... again :lol3


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    headed off towards Norseman...

    saw few roads that didnt look too inviting... :deal:lol3


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    anyway, it was about now that my camera started to tell me i had a 'flat battery..' :huh


    so photos became a bit rare...


    but here is a couple coming in the back way to Norseman...

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    it was a good ride in thru the salt lakes...

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    since i was out of battery and didnt have a charger, there was no photos of Norseman...

    but not a bad little town.... stopped for lunch...



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  15. GoneAgain

    GoneAgain Huh?

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    so lets see if we cant finish this one off....:evil


    so lunch and re-fuelled in Norseman..

    Then it was time to slab it east...

    it was Tuesday... i had the rest of the week.... but it was still a few thousand km's home...

    rough plan from here was to get to 'that' spot near Eucla i found on the way over and, since id been moving so fast , just sit there for 2 days...

    read a book, drink some wine (wouldnt have to worry about keeping that cold...) :lol3


    then start moving Thursday arvo again....


    anyway, since my camera battery died...there is no photos today :cry

    (and i'm just gonna post this bit now coz my computer is on its death bed and keeps crashing... so we'll finish this tonight...but in bits... :deal )



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  16. GoneAgain

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    so slabed it out into the Nullabor again, picked up an expensive 'cheap' bottle of red from a roadhouse:freaky (oh and a 6 pack for the first night)

    made it to my 'spot'...set up camp, had some dinner, a quick swim, a six pack....and called it a night....

    plan next day was to just sit still... read a book, have a swim, drink some red...

    half an hour into the next day i was going stir crazy...:deal

    2 hours into the day, i said 'sod it'...:lol3


    was a beautiful place... but i needed someone else there too...

    got on the bike a buggered off.........:lol3:cry:eek1:D

    poped into Fowlers Bay...

    town was about to be taken over by a sand dune... after sitting on the camera battery for a while, built up enough charge to take a few more pics :D

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    yet another jetty pic...
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    and of course, that sand dune...

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    after a bit of a break, headed off again and made it all the way to Streaky Bay....

    thought id get to the pub by 8:30 for a feed...and did just... but when i asked em if they were still doingfood, they said nope...

    sign on the door said they cooked till 8:30...

    asked em what time it was...

    "quarter to ten".... :eek1

    bloody time zones...... :lol3

    anyway, they wacked a frozen pizza in the microwave for me...:puke1

    it filled a hole...

    caravan park was chockers...and $25 for an unpowered site...

    pub said i could have a room for 50 bucks .. since i was shagged...i took it... then stayed up too late (read "last") in the bar and so woke up the next morning even tired-er than i was the night before..... :rofl


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  17. GoneAgain

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    plan had changed to just goin home... but having woken up in Streakey Bay, i figure i may as well just duck down to Coffin Bay....:evil

    was only a couple of hundred KMs...

    took all day... :D

    largely because i ducked into Venus Bay Conservation park...

    park had a nice big fence and gate around it..

    and was pretty much all nice 4wd tracks inside...

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    and some pretty big dunes...

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    tough place....

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    came back out thru that gate...electrified too :huh

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  18. GoneAgain

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    so from there it was thru the park down a lot of tracks and back out and down to Eliston then onto Coffin Bay...

    First stop was the pub for a beer (another hot day...):evil

    asked how much a room was... got a 'big' answer...but after a few beers, got the price down ('no ones gonna come in now'...:deal)

    had a feed of local oysters etc..

    stayed up way too late again... pub closing time :lol3

    went off to my room, got sorted, poped out front to just check bike and discovered the bar staff heading on over with some more beers! :freaky

    dont know why i waste money thinking i'll ever get a good long sleep in hotel rooms..... :lol3

    so next day was predictably slow..

    quick look around coffin bay..

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    and the National Park..

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    then it was time to leave....

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    camera battery died again

    so no more pics...

    just rode across to Port Lincoln, up to Whyalla....then got a 'tail wind' from Whyalla and got back to Adelaide in 'good time':shog

    20 days, 8,500kms...

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  19. mattherat

    mattherat Been here awhile

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    great stuff, the south of w.a. is a beaut place to go.:clap
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  20. Kim F

    Kim F Adventurer

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    Excellent stuff ! What camera ? When are you going to lose the Dust Bunny ?