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 a few weeks after the Gammon/Lake Eyre trip with Philmeup, it was time for a run over to Melbourne... wasnt a lot of time to do it, so it looked like there wouldnt be much time for dirt:cry

    so the road tyres went back on the bike for the first time since i got her..

    day one i was headed from Adelaide to Bendigo..6 or 700kms i guess..

    was late leaving Adelaide as usual..

    was making 'good time' on the highway untill this fella came over the horizon...

    whoopsie...

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    couple of hundred bucks and i was on my way again... 50 kms later i was over the border, and decided to turn off the highway and hit some 'smaller' made roads to ...make up some more time...

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    just made it to Jeparit to get some fuel (8kms left on the fuel gauge|) only to discover the fuel depot shut at midday, the after hours number was not answering, and the pub had no more ideas..

    discovered 'everyone' was at the footy... rode in and asked around abit.. a guy on a dirt bike made a few calls and then said...'yep, follow me'.. we rode about 10kms out of town to an old farm house where a dear old lady was waiting with a jerry can:clap gotta love the country folk...

    off again to Warraknabeal and fueled up 'properly' there..

    day was getting away again...my 5pm arrival was looking more like 7pm.. the sun dropped and it started to get COLD!

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    rode the last 1.5 hours into Bendigo in the dark, had a few close calls with 'roos:eek1 and the onboard computer was telling me it was 2 degrees...my shivering made me think the computer was correct:eek1

    Made it to Bendigo, to discover that my 'spot' tracker had got a flat battery about 400 kms earlier and there was a bit of 'concern' as to where i was... Spot is great... but it also provides people with 'more' reason to worry...:deal

    anyway, next day was an easy day down to Melbourne.. first i cut across to Maldon and hit the Bakery for breakfast..

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    Spent the rest of the day winding down thru Guildford, Vaugh Springs, Yandoit etc

    some great little country roads and old buildings out there..

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    stopped in at Daylesford and battled the tourist masses for a late lunch then off toward Melbourne again..

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    spent a few days in Melb, catchin up with some mates, hitting the MCG for the Socceroos send off game and catchin up with mum:D

    then time to hit the highway back to Adelaide... of course the weather came in just as i left..

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    was running late as usual, so decide to detour from Horsham out past Mt Arapillies and aim for a friends place at Penola for the night..

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    a few more close calls with 'roos and another chilly night.. and finally got to Penola..

    next morning was a peaceful foggy one..

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    so decided to take my time the last 400kms back to Adelaide and detour thru the Coorong again..

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    and finally got home....in the daylight for a change....:freaky



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  2. GoneAgain

    GoneAgain Huh?

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    and then...............


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  3. GoneAgain

    GoneAgain Huh?

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    so Paul (from way back on page 1, who bought a Harley the same day as i got my 800..) had come to his senses, sold the Harley, and after a few weeks of looking had bought a second-hand DR650...

    a few weeks before he was due to pick it up, we'd started planning a 4 day Grampians trip...

    the time came around quickly, we were due to meet at Dunkeld at midday... not liking the idea of getting up early enough to get there from Adelaide, i decided to leave the day before and stop down near Mt Gambier the night..

    i was 'late' leaving Adelaide as usual, and was running low on fuel, so it was a detour into Murray Bridge to fuel up..

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    then down thru the Coorong 'again'...

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    was after dark when i finished the day... stopping in at a mates place to have a cold beer to warm up after the chilly nighttime ride..

    next morning was bloody cold... 2 degrees when i went to pack bike...

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    i was late again, but made good time and got to Dunkeld only 1 hour late.. had a text from Paul saying he was running late too..

    after some lunch, a few coffees, a thorough investigate of the town and more coffee, Paul finally arrived ...3 hours late.. not bad considering he only had to come about 250kms:lol3

    so after a chat and the mandatory check out of each other bikes, it was time to fuel up.. and get moving... (since there was only maybe 2 hours daylight left today:deal )

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    i'd spent a bit of time playing with the gps whilst waiting so had a little bit of a plan sorted for where to enter the Grampians National Park..

    it was 'here' :D


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    it was a great 20 mins or so of dirt and sand.. which of course ended at the mandatory 'shut gate'..

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    fortunately it was just 'shut' and not 'locked'..:deal


    on again... past this 'mud-hole' that Philmeup and i had 'played' in about 6 months earlier.. bit more water in it this time... since it was getting so late (and cold) we didnt stop to play...



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    i'm thinking i must just be a bit more used to bikes now, as i was really enjoying this ride more than 6 months ago when Phil and i were here.. (we even 'kinda' vowed not to come back again:eek1 )

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    all the water crossings were a bit deeper and wider now too :evil

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    and the water was 'apparently' colder... :D

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    anyway, we soon called it a day (to a wonderfull full moon...)

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  4. GoneAgain

    GoneAgain Huh?

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    next day was up in Zero degree weather..

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    de-iced the bikes..

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    and headed into Halls Gap for a bakery breakfast and coffee.. then fuel and air checks..

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    then it was off for a run around Lake Wartook..

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    a little bit of a hike to a great view at the top of the lake..

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    and another lookout over Halls Gap..

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    cant remember what happened here... think it was one of those silly stop and drop your bike moments... either way, its not my bike on the ground :D

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    rest of the day was spent winding our way down south, we found a great empty campground...and since there was still about an hour of daylight left... kept riding rather than setting up..

    hit the worlds slipperiest bit of track cutting down past this pine forrest..

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    bike was on the ground in less than a blink of an eye... bike did a 540... i did a 720 (and didnt think i was ever gonna stop sliding/spinning:rofl )

    Paul being a good mate..followed my lead:rofl

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    no damage to the 800..

    a bent gear lever (god knows how since it was on the 'upside' of the bike:ear ) and the handlebars moved in the clamps on the DR..

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    we straightend (kinda) the gear lever and headed for camp :D

    we setup camp, got a fire going..

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    and started 'adjusting' the DR's handlebars with a 6 foot long log :D didnt work too badly..

    dinner, some more fire and bed..

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    next day was another 'beautiful day in the country' :D

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    camp was packed..

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    and we were off again...well untill we got to this and had to turn around:evil

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    but that was fine...because it meant we got stuff like this instead :D

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    anyway... by early afternoon, we were pretty damn cold.. and the rain looked like setting in.. we were due to head home in the morning... but started thinking about maybe heading out late this arvo... rather than campin in the rain just to packup and head off in the morning..

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    in the end, we decided we'd head into Halls Gap (we were only about 30kms from there, and only about 10kms from the made road) warm up, have a coffee...and make a decision what to do..

    I pointed right, told Paul we'd be at the bitumen in 10 kms that way..and let him lead off..

    We were about 2 kms from the made road when...............................











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  5. GoneAgain

    GoneAgain Huh?

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    We were about 2 kms from the made road when...............................

    i found myself swearing at a kangaroo that came out of the forrest on my left...

    his head was about seat height.. and i thought..

    'you stupid bloody animal'...


    my next thought, as a watched dirt/gravel, grass etc skid past about 2 inches from my face for what seemed like an eternity, was 'when will i stop?'

    i stopped..

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    i realised i'd stopped..

    i didnt move..

    after a couple of minutes, i had gathered my thoughts...

    i could blink..

    i could move my head..

    i could move my right arm..

    i could move my left arm..

    i could move my left leg..

    my right leg wasnt going anywhere... felt like it was trapped under a log..

    a minute or so later i pushed up on my elbow...

    i could see my bike about 5 metres away..

    i could see my leg wasnt under anything..

    i reached down and found my foot pointing backwards..

    i was surprised how calm i was..

    i reached down and spun my foot/lower leg around to point the right way..

    i knew it was broken and i wasnt going anywhere...i just layed back down in the wet..

    another few minutes went by and i could hear a motorbike getting closer.. i knew it was only a matter of time till Paul came back..

    he called an ambulance and took some photos..

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    the 'roo was dead..

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    and the bike didnt look too happy either...

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    after (dunno) maybe 30 mins or so the ambulance arrived..

    i got loaded then taken 40 mins to Horsham hospital..

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    they took xrays etc... confirmed i had a spiral fracture of the Tibia and 2 fractures in my Fibula...

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    they also confirmed i needed surgery on it, but they didnt have the tools there..

    the next day brought a 3 hour ambulance transfer to Ballarat Hospital...

    i got brought into Emergency, the orthapedic surgeons looked at my xrays and said to the nurse..

    'get him ready for surgery'...she asked what time i'd be going in..they replied 'now'...

    the surgeons explained some stuff to me (the operation, 'compartment syndrome', sign here), asked me if i smoked (no)..good, they said..'we wouldnt operate on this if you were a smoker'...

    the nurse started to get me ready, and a couple of minutes later the surgeons were back.. nurse said i'd be about 20 mins...

    the surgeons said 'no, thats too long, we'll take him now and prep him in theatre and i was whisked away..

    in theatre i was bathed in antaseptic, then a needle was poked into my right thigh...it was connected to some electricity supply..when it got into my (dunno how you spell it, but it sound like) syatic nerve, my foot started to twitch... by adjusting the current/voltage they could make my foot shake faster or slower (kinda funny to watch...had to be there i guess)

    this determined how much 'blocker' they had to inject into the nerve to knock it out..

    after they did that, someone said...'here, have a few puffs of oxygen before we knock you out'.... 3 puffs later i was out.......

    4 hours of surgery later and they were done...

    'Compartment Syndrome', which apparently is where the swelling restricts the muscles,veins and nerves, choking them and ultimately killing them was 'narowly' avoided (wiki says the critical presure where urgent action is required is 30 'units' of presure... i got to 34.. and was aparrently less than 2 mins away from having 2 30 centemetre gashes cut down each side of my calf to release preasure on nerves, arteries etc.. if they die, amputation is next....

    they also discovered another few fractures down near my ankle which needed a couple of screws too

    anyway...

    i spent 7 days in hospital, living on morpine and codine, having regular antibiotic injections to try and avoid getting an infection in the bones (which also leads to amputation...)

    after a week i got out and went to my mums place near melbourne..

    3 weeks later i'm still here..

    at the 2 week mark i went back for a checkup... they took out 16 staples, took these xrays and were happy with progress..

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    its now 4 weeks... i'm still lying around with the leg elevated..

    i go back for another check in 2 weeks..

    they expect me to be on crutches for around 12 weeks..

    the bike is 'officially' a write-off' (bent forks, intruments/headlights etc)

    its been a fun 9 months and 25,000 kms on the 800..

    i dont know if there will be another one....





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  6. YukonTracker

    YukonTracker Ride your Way

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    That sucks big time! You had more luck than Roo did and lived through it though:clap Heel up well. The trees could have been more lethal than Roo.
  7. TerryK

    TerryK Ulysses

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    Back luck GA, could have been worse...those trees were real close & you could have been trapped between the bike & a tree.

    I hit a ROO last year, crusing at 90kph on a dirt rd, bent the front wheel but stayed upright. I was lucky.

    get well soon cheers Terry
  8. NotHome

    NotHome Been here awhile

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    Holy smoke. Makes the 5 flats we had on our trip with Gateshutter and Sundowner a small inconvenience. Hope all goes well and if you need anything just drop me a PM
  9. lewi

    lewi dreamer

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    damn that's a crap ending in ur RR :(

    hope u'll recover well, take care!
  10. Sydney Rider

    Sydney Rider Been here awhile

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    Absolutely the last thing I expected to read having traveled with you through so much so far.

    I can't imagine that you are feeling like you want to get back on a bike right now but I am sure you will..... I don't think that sitting around doing the normal stuff it really your style.

    Heal well, and I look forward to the next installment of your roving life.

    Tony
  11. TerryK

    TerryK Ulysses

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    GA I broke my right leg in 2007 (sprial fracture as well) came off the XR, foot got caught & twisted...snap.

    I had 6 months off the bike to heal, was a bit worried about the pin & screws but still riding...hurts like hell ATM, this cold weather is not good, was ok last year but this winter must be colder or something.

    When I hit the ROO last year not far from where I broke the leg panic set in for the few seconds in case I ended up in hospital again but as luck would have only a bent front rim & a case of "shit scared"

    I'm sure you will be back on a bike within a year but like me you might go a bit slower as we don't bounce like we did before.

    Endone will be your friend, my leg hurt like hell at night & was only getting a few hours sleep....back to work after 3 weeks & driving at 4 weeks but was on crutches for around 3 months....much to my wifes disapointment.
  12. Gravel Seeker

    Gravel Seeker Thomas

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    Hope it isn't and that you'll get something to replace it.

    Thanks for the ride so far


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  13. Sundowner

    Sundowner Bort

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    Jebus H Christ in a fully farkled Sherman tank.....:eek2

    I'm bloody glad to see you still breathing, Greg. That's one heavy duty bout of break dancing, brother. Did you kick the tree in disgust on the way through? I'm glad to see you still smirking, even with the blood of that poor, innocent skippy smeared over your dial. From the photos and that smile, it's fairly obvious you landed on your head, which must of saved you from any serious injury. I'll award it a 7.3 for technical difficulty and an 8.9 for style. Keep those scores up and you're well on your way to the 2014 Special Olympics. You're just lucky Gateshutter, NotHome and I weren't there to throw mud at the gathering lesbos, dig you a nice shallow grave, rape your bike doggy style, sing "Kumbaya" into the late evening and cookum up proper style that tasty young roo. You picked a nice spot to crash anyway. Looks scenic. And tranquil. :thumb Good choice.
    While I think of it and if you don't mind me asking, once they remove that kick-arse pin from your leg, can I grab it for use as a 2nd side stand for my Tenere? For that Dakar look. That's if you don't become too attached to it.
    Anyway, before your drugs and whiskey kick in again, please yell out at any time, seriously, if you need anything done from this end of the country. Heal well mate. It looks like you've still got some more hardware yet to be installed on those bones, so anything I can help with, just ask. Hope to see you back riding again soon. With the amount of riding you love to do, I know you'll be back when you can. You boofhead. :razor:p3rry :freaky
  14. Gravel Seeker

    Gravel Seeker Thomas

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    :scratch You mean Paralympics... Special Olympics are for the mentally disabled... :lol3
  15. Sundowner

    Sundowner Bort

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    Our lad.... :evil .....he's definitely special. :lol3 :lol3

    And he does a :pynd job of brushing off the pain to finish this brilliant RR. :clap
  16. wanneroo

    wanneroo Adventurer

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    I've enjoyed your reports about your travels. Hope you heal up well and soon.
  17. OZZY-GS

    OZZY-GS Been here awhile

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    Been a great read GA, Hope to see you back on a bike again soon.
    Good luck with your recovery.
  18. BigM

    BigM Hello :-)

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    That's a pretty major bender there, hope your recovery is as pain free and quick as possible.
  19. Gateshutter

    Gateshutter Exiled

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    Kumbaya My friend Kumbayaaaa !!!!
  20. Sol Erzenberg

    Sol Erzenberg Lost somewhere

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    Get well soon GA, trust me, I know how boring it is to be resting up with a broken leg..:twitch

    I busted up my left leg pretty badly (in 12 places) years ago in Rugby League, spent just under 3 months in traction in The Flinders Medical Centre. That was the end of Rugby playing days for me..:cry

    Anyway, I went & broke the same leg again (Tibia & Fibula) & shattered my ankle a couple of years ago while riding single track North East of Allawoona. I lost an argument with a mallee stump, it turned my leg around 180 degrees, had to ride all the way back to Wanbi, it's difficult changing gears with your left hand & watching the track at the same time..:eek1

    Went to a real dodgy place (Modbury Hospital) to get it fixed, spent 47 hours waiting in the Emergency Room, due to the pain I kept falling in & out of consciousness & they eventually put me on portable guerney bed & left me in the hallway.
    Due to the 'long' wait my leg & ankle swelled up to about the size of my thigh, a Doctor (also part time Taxi Driver) eventually told me at the 47th hour that I had to go home as they would not be able to operate until the swelling went down & that I had initial stages of Compartment Syndrome, so "it would be best to keep my leg elevated at home".

    Spent 10 painfull days at home, until the swelling went down enough to go under the knife. Booked into The Wakefield Sport Hospital in the City & the operation took place the next day (I should have gone there in the first place).

    As a result, I have got a leg full of plates & nine screws holding it all together & have lost 50% movement in my left ankle. The Wakefield Hospital advised me that if Modbury had operated on my leg in a reasonable timeframe, I would still have full movement in my ankle (I'm never going to the Modbury ever again).

    I thought a lot about giving up bikes alltogether, however after a long rest decided to slowly get back into riding, as I do enjoy it very much & it's a big part of my life.

    These days I'm not riding full on challenging single tracks all the time, have slowed down quite a bit, not taking as many risks as I used to, but still get out there and I'm really enjoying my riding again.

    That's my 10 cents worth, hope it helps in some sort of way.

    Anyway hope you get well soon.

    Cheers, Sol..:thumb