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 off we went...heading for Lake Eyre (North).. both pretty excited about what the afternoon might bring..


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    whole lot of open-ness out here...

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    almost at camp... forget the name of the camp... but i know where it is:evil

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    the camp was a real suprise... little oasis in the middle of nowhere...

    of course just as we started setting up an almighty dust storm blew thru..:eek1

    Phil didnt like it much :shog

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    but anyway, we survived the dust storm, and had tents set-up... still had an hour or 2 before sunset, so i convinced Phil we should head out to Lake Eyre 'now' rather than in the morning..so we could see sunset there.. also meant we'd be leaving first thing in the morning rather than mid arvo tomorrow...giving us more time in the Flinders... Phil didnt need much convincing to go riding :lol3 ...

    so off again with 'lighter' bikes to the lake....

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    Phil was loving the lighter bike and was gone...

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    but i caught up to him when we hit the lake (well the south end of the channel that joins the north and south lakes..)

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    the track turned north and started getting fairly sandy...

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    the Garmin couldnt work out where we were :D


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    but that didnt stop us from storming on thru the sand:clap

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    how cool is this place!

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    and then we were there:clap

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    we walked out onto the (dry) lake and waited for sunset..

    bloody magic place...

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    so the sun had set, we'd ticked off 'sit on Lake Eyre and watch the sun set' from the list of things to do in life:deal

    Then Phil pointed out that we had to ride back to camp (about 80kms) in the dark:lol3


    one last pic and we were off!

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  2. GoneAgain

    GoneAgain Huh?

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    on the bikes and gone... moving quickly to make the most of the little light that was left...

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    sure was dark out here...

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    the pace was brough to an abrupt stop by a herd of cattle standing on the track... not sure who was more surprised...them or us:lol3

    if you push your face up against the computer screen, you can just make then out in the darkness...:D

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    took a while to move them (and the next 2 herds) on... from then on it was a pretty uneventfull fang back to camp:shog




    ok, maybe except for me loosing it in some sand, leaving the track and a fair pace, parking my bike in a tree, launching myself from bike and body slamming / bear hugging a tree:augie

    no damage to me, or the bike, and i had it out and back on the track by time Phil came back looking for me:D


    the rest of the ride back to camp was uneventfull :D

    back at camp... night view of the Taj Mahal over the lake:evil

    oh and check the saucepan just above/left the tree:deal
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    dinner, a few drinks and bed after another long but fantastic day..... :freaky




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  3. GoneAgain

    GoneAgain Huh?

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    took these two at first light....

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    then actual sunrise..

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    Phil was up and packing early..

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    so we packed again (could be wrong, but i vaguely remember there being the odd fly out here that may have slowed things down a bit:D )

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    definatly gonna be back here again 'one day' :deal

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    and once again.... we were ....gone again:lol3

    the track/road back to Marree was great...

    we encountered... gates:deal
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    .... trucks:deal

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    ..really big trucks :huh

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    ...Emus:deal

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    ...bulls :deal

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    and high speed dirt!:clap

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    lots of it...:D

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    oh, speaking of 'lots'.... there was also a 'lot' of 'nothingness' :lol3

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    but never boring...

    old ghan railway bridge just out of Marree..

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    next stop Marree......






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  4. GoneAgain

    GoneAgain Huh?

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    so we rolled into Marree, and pulled up at the servo for a cold drink..

    saw this going on and decided that we'd wait till we got down to Leigh Creek before we fueled up again:eek1

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    then it was a quick look around town..

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    and since it was too early for the pub to be open...

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    we hit the road south..

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    note the 'new' road...:cry

    they are in the process of making the road all the way to Marree..they have half of it done now... :cry


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    we stopped in Leigh Creek for lunch and Fuel, then continued south... it had been about 80 or 100kms of bitumen, so we were keen to hit the dirt again.. a quick check off the maps, showed the railway line contiuing south.. and where there is a railway...

    theres one of these..:clap

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    we debated turning round or not... but then realised the fence only went about 50 metres and then stopped... so on we went..:D

    lots of mud n stuff..

    then came out on this track..

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    we were heading down towards Beltana now..

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    passing the odd ruin here and there..

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    and then we came to Beltana...

    here is the abandoned railway station (seems like someone lives in it now..)
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    Beltana is (was) a ghost town... but people are starting to move back into the abandoned buildings.. bloody odd place.. really odd riding around a town with absolutely no made roads anywhere..

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    from Beltana, we continued south... there had been some rain down here so the track got 'interesting' in places..

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    was surprised Phil didnt end up taking a bath... probabily should have..he would have come out drier :rofl

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    but off again, past more ruins...

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    thru more puddles

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    and into the Prarie Hotel for an afternoon beer:freaky

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    worked out the next leg of the trip over a nice cold pale ale..

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    looked like tonight would be dinner in the Blinman Pub...after an afternoon of dirt in the Flinders of course:evil

    so off we went...

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    into the Flinders...

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  5. GoneAgain

    GoneAgain Huh?

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    the time at the Prarie Hotel, allowed me to plot a few tracks that looked 'interesting'...

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    we first headed out to the north west part of the Flinders..

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    and ended up on the (kinda) famous 'PAR' (Public Access route)..

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    this track was an absolute hoot...

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    stacks of creek crossings... or just plain driving down creek beds...

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    came across this old girl.... wondered how she got here..

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    Phil wanted to take 'er for a spin...

    musta been outa fuel or somethin:nod

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    not really suprised she's still here..

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    back on the bikes again...more gates..

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    having such a blast, didnt really stop to take many photos :lol3

    a ruin along the way...
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    note to self: go straight at the ruin... left takes you a few kms thru this..

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    and this... to a dead end...:shog

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    so back we came, back past the ruins.. and out the 'right' way..:lol3

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    as you can see, the sun was starting to drop... looked like it would be getting dark by time our day finished (for a change:evil )

    the pace was cracking...the track was rough:clap

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    and the sun was setting..

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    we sccoted out of the PAR, onto another track, then onto a dirt road a made in into Blinman.. it was dark...again:D

    parked the bike..

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    outside the pub.... :freaky

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    and sat down out front with a local for a knock off drink...:freaky

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  6. TerryK

    TerryK Ulysses

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    The PAR is a ripper, the day you saw us going past the pub we were heading for the PAR.

    The wife loved it & so did I...:clap
  7. NotHome

    NotHome Been here awhile

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    I love the PAR and I remember this spot
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  8. EwliyaCelebi

    EwliyaCelebi Adventurer

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    This was my favourite page...
    Thanks a lot for your share.
  9. TerryK

    TerryK Ulysses

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    That old ute is a real photo magnet, one we took.....Lesley on the front guard

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  10. TerryK

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    Craig, where is this on the PAR, don't remember the spot.

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  11. NotHome

    NotHome Been here awhile

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  12. TerryK

    TerryK Ulysses

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  13. NotHome

    NotHome Been here awhile

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    Yep, thats around the spot.

  14. GoneAgain

    GoneAgain Huh?

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    had a few beers at the pub,

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    then headed round the back to pitch tents..

    decided that the long grass and rocky carpark was 'shit'... and went back to the pub and got a room sorted..

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    order tea, moved bikes and unloaded gear.. then back into the bar for a feed..

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    stayed in the pub past closing... then sat out the front for a while for another few...

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    next morning was pretty slow in the old town...


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    brought some of the 'long grass' from the camping spot behind the pub with me....

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    then back up to the pub for a coffee... afterwhich, Phils bike wouldnt start... (flat battery)..

    he tried to roll start her down the little dead end street opposite the pub..

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    didnt work:lol3

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    so after pushing back up the hill i found myself pushing him down the main street...a bit of sweat and she fired up:clap

    then it was off to start winding south thru the Flinders...


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  15. TerryK

    TerryK Ulysses

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    GA if I only knew you guys could have shared the spare bedroom at the cottage....always the way I guess

    This would be Glass Gorge ?
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  16. GoneAgain

    GoneAgain Huh?

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    that would be Brachina gorge road..
  17. GoneAgain

    GoneAgain Huh?

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    ok... gotta finish this off today... sorry, wont be much chatter (not that there usually is a lot..)

    anyway... heading south from Blinman to Wilpeena...avoiding the newly made road...

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    great views..

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    and then into Wilpeena Pound for fuel/snacks and to plan the next leg of the journey......

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  18. GoneAgain

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    from Wilpena, it was south a little down the main road..

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    then west onto the Moralana Scenic Road..
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    we were out of the Flinders now, and the world was opening up again...

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    we hit the main north/south road, and jumped straight across it.. we had decided to head across towards Lake Torrens..

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    unfortunately all the tracks we took, ended at locked farmers gates with 'no access to Lake Torrens' signs...:cry

    we finally gave up on the idea of getting to the lake and decided to follow the coal railway south west down towards Port Augusta instead..


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    this road was an absolute hoot.. pretty much every cattle grid crossed resulted in the bikes leaving the gound:D

    and of course the sun was getting low, and the clouds were building so the scenery was amazing too..

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    given the day was getting on, and we still had a fair hike down to Port Augusta, it was time to get a few miles down..

    (so no more stopping to take photos for a while :evil )

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    we made Porta-Gutter on dusk, fueled, made phone calls, bought beer and the headed off again, south down Highway One, in the dark, surrounded by wind, rain and road trains...

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    of the few thousand kms we'd covered in the last week or so, this 50 kms was i think the longest... but we finally got to the turnoff into Mount Remarkable National Park...

    it was late, it had been a long day down from Blinman.. luckily, because it was late, we got a discount on the (excessive!!) camping fees, set camp, cooked and drank beer in a wood shed out of the rain and called it a night..



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  19. GoneAgain

    GoneAgain Huh?

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    the next morning was up early

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    and out of the park as the sun rose..

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    (really like this pic:deal )


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    toaday was my last day, tonight i'd be home in Adelaide, Philmeup was heading for the inlaws at Mildura, before hitting Melbourne tomorrow...

    i didnt need to be home in a hurry, so it was a bit of a wind around day...

    into Port Germain...but too early for breakfast:eek1

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    so back inland over towards Murraytown and down thru a few towns before finding somewhere open for breakfast and coffee..

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    for a few bottles of sticky..

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    then off again, dirt roads, small towns.. odd statues..

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    we'd decided Blanchetown would be the seperation point..

    more dirt from Eudunda..

    smoko at some ruins..

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    then east toward Brookfield Conservation Park..

    Phil was in front..

    i came over a rise to be greeted by this.. :eek1

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    it was i think the only 'damp patch' we'd seen all day..

    but Phil had done a good job of it :evil

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    i pulled up and took that photo (above), and then had my left leg just slide out from underneath me :lol3

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    Phil reconed it looked like id just layed my bike down and stepped off to give him a hand... kinda like a little kid who pulls up on his bmx at the milkbar and just drops his bike on the ground and runs inside :rofl


    anyway, she probably deserved a rest..

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    the 650 was caked in mud and had a bent brake pedal.. but was ok..

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    from there it was into Blanchetown..

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    for a farewell coke and mars bar..

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    and then we parted...Phil for Mildura.. and me south thru Swan Reach

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    into Adelaide past the Big Rocking Horse..

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    and home for a hot shower and bed... it had been a great 10 odd days.....




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  20. Philmeup

    Philmeup Been here awhile

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    Here is a few more pics from Lake Eyre.
    ready to ride to the lake
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    The only big dune on the track, greg charges up it
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    Another glorious sunset.
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    This is on our way to Parichilna i think
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    Awesome public access loop near Blinman
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    Not sure where this is but i liked the signage.
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    What a view!!
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    i'm done for now got to upload more pics.