Murray Sunset / Colignan Caper Feb 2015

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  1. masterbrewer

    masterbrewer TDMster

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    Everyone was keen to ride the Murray Sunset National Park ........ the first time for half of our group :clap

    However the weather golds were against us, with starting out temperatures forecast for 40C + in the area. Fortunately they were predicted to drop to a comfortable high 20C's on the return day so it was decided to challenge the gods and head east to the River Murray as fast as we could (legally that is :getiton ) saving the Murray Sunset National Pk for our return journey.

    Our destination .......... the sand bar just south of town for a well deserved cool off & camp for the night :knary.

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    The meeting point ....... Palmer General Store on the eastern slopes of the Adelaide Hills, before heading to Swan Reach to cross the Murray River and on to Loxton to rehydrate bike & rider.

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    It was obvious from how people walked at our regroup, that we had tested the gravity holding abilities of bikes & riders on the exciting Old Loxton Rd with its high speed, </small><small><small>seemingly </small>never ending limestone whoops :ricky

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    Even first timer bikes needed a rest though :rofl

    ............................................ and the only thing that had fallen off so far was the rider :D


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  2. masterbrewer

    masterbrewer TDMster

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    After a couple of hours of re-hydration at Loxton, we continued east along some most enjoyable tracks and prayed for the temperature to ease and the dust to settle quickly for the guys at the rear, although corners were well defined.

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    All except one that is ! .......... :eek1 :eek1 :eek1 .......... and the inevitable :p3rry

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    You're s'pose to turn left there, matey :lol3

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    It wasn't long before others arrived along similar lines.

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    Appearing to hide his embarrassment as he inspected the damage ........ luckily only to the bike. :clap

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    But despite keeping his emotions together, the stress was showing :lol3

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    Oh ! No ! ...................................... where am I gunna keep my Caffe Latte now :cry

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    By now after 4 hours of riding in the heat, KymW was feeling a tad faint & looking a bit worse for wear, so we stopped for a break while he held onto the fence to stop the world spinning around him.

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    After regaining some strength, he realized that he had forgotten to remove his winter lining from his jacket & pants ......... in 40C + heat :huh

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    Onward to the Murray ...........

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    Stocking supplies on the way for the night.

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    Before setting up camp for a night of fun, frivolities and bull shit stories :freaky at this most beautiful location. :clap

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  3. masterbrewer

    masterbrewer TDMster

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    First order of the day was the obvious :wings .........

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    Despite showing perfect balance at this stage, time would tell on entering the sands of Murray Sunset. :lurk

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    It wasn't long before the strong winds of a cool change arrived, but luckily settled to a calm night.

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    Morning however was a different affair, realizing I wasn't as young as I used to be :gerg

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    Others on the other hand ......... " Oh ! No ! ...... what have I done, I'm pregnant" was his first thought :poser

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    before coming to his senses and the inevitable morning after feeling :(:

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    He proceeded to prepare breakfast ............. :puke2

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    Regrouping after breakfast.

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  4. masterbrewer

    masterbrewer TDMster

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    After breakfast we prepared ourselves for the challenges of the Murray Sunset, however along the way there was this little matter of an innocent looking fork in the road :deal

    Luck was against me that day & you guessed it, :p3rry the rest is history. :lol3

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    Hey MB ............................. "Is this what it feels like to get old" :nod

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  5. masterbrewer

    masterbrewer TDMster

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    Finally entering the Murray Sunset National Park we stopped at the iconic landmark.

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    and onto Rocket Lake, a dry ancient salt lake.

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    It was here that KymW and gravity had their numerous disputes, luckily without major injury.

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    To finish the ride how he started :lol3

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    Great two days riding with great mates. :clap:clap:clap
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  6. TonyRDR

    TonyRDR Been here awhile

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    Great report as usual MB sorry Dr Brewer&#128516;. That was an amazing ride, have not had this much fun in ages.
    Great tracks, great mates, too much beer.
    What a ride looking forward to doing it all again.
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  7. Moyston

    Moyston oh oo too fast!

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    that looked fun and it must have been fun, as I was laughing and I didn't even go...:rofl
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  8. philth

    philth www.motorbikin.com.au

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    good stuff!
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  9. Aussie Jase

    Aussie Jase Been here awhile

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    Great RR - all warmed up ready for a week of camping at Speedweek?

    Cheers

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  10. Gasman_ADV

    Gasman_ADV Been here awhile

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    very good Kym.................very good :clap
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  11. AdvRich

    AdvRich Parallel Reality

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    Some great pics and laughs :rofl MB. :clap
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    nice.:1drink
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  13. Valleyam

    Valleyam South Australian Tiger resistance group

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    Looks like every one had a great ride MB, some more than others some less than others. That sand can be great at times and a nightmare for those that dont know how to ride it. Hot conditions dont make it any easier.
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  14. kipo

    kipo South Australian Tiger Resistance Group

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    Well done MB great report. I'll have to get down that way one day. That sandy track looks like great fun.
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  15. Oaters

    Oaters Old - not bold - moto riding addict

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    great report Kym - looks like a lot of fun was had - you riding a DR on this ride as I don't see a TDM featured - cheers to you and all SA inmates - Oaters :rofl
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  16. jub jub

    jub jub frumiousbandersnatch

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    I want to ride the Australian outback. My passport expires in a year so I guess I need to get going. Sidney to Perth to Darwin, sounds about right.

    I really need to gird my loins.
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  17. kipo

    kipo South Australian Tiger Resistance Group

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    Is that the lad that came to the Classic a few years ago on the 250 road bike?
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  18. masterbrewer

    masterbrewer TDMster

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    An amazing little fella I now call a good friend.

    Prasad is extremely good value if you are planning on doing a ride report. :lol3
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  19. kipo

    kipo South Australian Tiger Resistance Group

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    He's the sort of bloke adventure riding is all about, turns up in the Flinders on a completely unsuitable bike and has a ball, legend!
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  20. TonyRDR

    TonyRDR Been here awhile

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    Even worse it was a 125 Honda which I have inherited from him figuring if it can survive Prasad it is truly indestructible:rofl.
    Hey Kipo I think he finally has enough experience to graduate to the ultimate adventure bike and follow you on one of your postie adventures. :evil
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