***OCR 2018***

Discussion in 'Australia' started by Russ, Aug 13, 2016.

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OCR 2018 destination?

Poll closed Jun 5, 2017.
  1. Rawlinna WA

    34.6%
  2. Top Springs, Buchanan Hwy NT

    5.4%
  3. Mt. Dare

    13.1%
  4. Tobermorey station

    2.3%
  5. Blinman

    1.5%
  6. Arkaroola

    9.2%
  7. Adels Grove

    5.4%
  8. Muttaburra

    2.3%
  9. Urandangie

    2.3%
  10. Hungerford

    23.8%
  1. OldDog

    OldDog non impediti ratione cogitationis

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    Forgive my lack of knowledge on this one, but after looking quickly at Google Maps I'm getting puzzled. What's the best ways to get to Mount Dare? I assume along the Oodnadatta track, or from Finke? Is there a track across from the highway though?

    Cheers
  2. slowbike smallpenis

    slowbike smallpenis Tester of Tooheys Old

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    Kulgera Bill - to Finke and pray it doesn't rain
  3. OldDog

    OldDog non impediti ratione cogitationis

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    Hmmm Thanks Mark. Thinking of coming from Kalgoorlie, via the central road to Kulgera then across to Finke then down. Maybe I'm tempting fate after the last time I tried that eh? Or I could do the border run then across to Port Augusta and North. Beets little sidetrack sounds great but I doubt I have the skills.
    I did see comments about rain, I was surprised! At least mud is softer to land in.....isn't it?
  4. Eaglebeak

    Eaglebeak All roads rider, West Oz.

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    Do the Border run mate, then it's just a slow easy ride up to Forrest from Eucla on what I am told is mainly rocky limestone. (~100 kms ?)
    Then you could go back to the bitumen again and ride to Port Augusta and north to Mt Dare.
    If the road north east from Coober Pedy to Oodnadatta is anything like the Birdsville up to Mungerannie it'll be a doddle. (That one was like a dirt Hwy, smooth as)
    Not too much dirt if you plan it right.
    And no shame in taking as much bitumen as you want, it's your ride.

    Hell, if I can ride a Harley to Mungerannie and then this years WA organised Desert Raid to Mungilli Claypan (500 kms due east of Wiluna) I don't care what all the "no shows" say when I take as much tar as I can, I get there and they don't !
    And I have a good time along the way.

    Regards
    Andrew.
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  5. slowbike smallpenis

    slowbike smallpenis Tester of Tooheys Old

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    Bill, I think the trip across the GCR will be a doddle on anything BUT an 1150GS ADV fully loaded -

    Id be thinking heading to Yunta if you are coming from NSW then turning right skirting the Flinders to Maree and going up via the Oodnadatta - come out at Marla on the Sturt then up to Kulgera and across - We did the Ooodnadatta run a long time ago but from memory there's a fair few tracks / roads that are hard to find heading north from the easterley turn you need to make off the Oodnadatta to head to Mt Dare - if that makes sense. Mind you it was pre GPS days

    Or if you have time turning north at Cockburn go via Lake Frome and into Arkaroola - you can access it also via Manahill we were told but havent done it myself - there was fairly good roads to Arkaroola from Frome - just a million gates
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  6. slowbike smallpenis

    slowbike smallpenis Tester of Tooheys Old

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    I seem to recall you also did the Holland Track on an R1150 Andrew
  7. Warin

    Warin Retired

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    Depends. Clay makes slippery mud that is hard if (when) fallen on.
    And yes, there is clay out that way.

    GCR can have sections of sand, deep if out of the wheel track and you will loose sight of those wheel tracks in the afternoon sun.
  8. Andrew2

    Andrew2 Long timer

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    Do it Bill. I scored a nice set of panniers last time you did the Central Road:-).
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  9. Eaglebeak

    Eaglebeak All roads rider, West Oz.

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    Emu fence 3.jpg
    Andrew on sand.JPG
    Stupid's my middle name. :lol3

    But really, it wasn't that hard, just a bit slow due to the lack of ground clearance on the 1150R and all the protruding tree roots through the woodlands sections. Oh and a couple of little low speed drops in sand.

    I've read an article where a couple of small caravans went through.
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  10. OldDog

    OldDog non impediti ratione cogitationis

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    Yup I couldn't agree more! This time its likely to be a 950 KTM so it'd be easier. By the looks of things I think i'll be travelling west from WA to get to the OCR and back the same way, yet to be determined.

    Warin, sadly I've had some experience on the GCR with deep sand and bulldust, but i'll heed your warning.

    A2.....you'll keep.....
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  11. Warin

    Warin Retired

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    No fee through Ayres Rock it coming from the west.

    Yes, I too have had some 'practice'. Think I'll plan on half to 3/4 day rides when I come across that sand vision problem. Just a matter of planning.
  12. Tenerrod

    Tenerrod Make it shiny

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    A long way off yet but... if l do go I'll be leaving from Perth.
    Thoughts are depending on where it's raining, go the other way.
    GCR
    Trans Access
    Old Coach to Old Eyre
    Wirralu to Coober
    Wirralu to Iron Knob via Gawler.
    So many tracks out there.
    Too many options.
    I will be putting something together in the near future, l will have a time constraint of 8 to 12 days maybe . That's return so definately some slab in there.
    R.
  13. leethal

    leethal 3 wheel Monarch #37

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    Amazing the plans a known destination creates.......
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  14. 59DEN

    59DEN Long timer

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    If coming from Alice, I would suggest the old Andado track, a top, relatively easy ride.
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  15. rider911

    rider911 Shortcut Navigator

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    Its been a while since Ive done that ride but last time I went that way there was some serious bulldust between Andado and Mt Dare. I think they would have had to reroute the road to overcome it but maybe they have.
    It would pay to ring Mt Dare first unless someone pipes up with recent info
  16. 59DEN

    59DEN Long timer

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    The bulldust sections are on the shorter track through station country as far as I remember, you can travel out to the Santa Teresa road from Mt Dare and avoid the bulldust.
    The old Anadado homestead is a real highlight, being able to walk through a bit of pioneering history from 50's.
    [​IMG]
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  17. grumpyoldbstrd

    grumpyoldbstrd Been here awhile

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    An idea for you WA OCRers (and anybody else for that matter). Why not try the OZ Map Inland Route?

    Get a map of OZ and join up the following places with a highlight pen: Kalgoorlie, Warburton, Wingellina (and S/G’s Cnr), Giles, Curtin Springs, Mulga Park, Kulgera, Alice, Finke (via the Old Ghan Tk with a detour into Chambers Pillar), Mt Dare, Dalhousie, Oodnadatta, Marree, Hawker, Port Augusta, Port Lincoln, Ceduna, Balladonia, Israelite Bay, Esperance, Kalgoorlie.

    Now stand back, squint your eyes, and see what you’ve just drawn. Apologies to Tassie.

    Whilst I haven’t been out to S/G’s Cnr, and can’t speak about it from personal experience, all other roads are very doable. Also haven’t been on the Curtin Springs, Mulga Park, Kulgera road for over 30 years so am not really sure what that’s like these days. Apart from that, the only other dodgy bit could be the Old Ghan Tk down to Finke.

    Obviously all these roads/tracks are subject to recent weather events.
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  18. Reefdog

    Reefdog Been here awhile

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    is the official OCR destination finalized yet??????????????????
    And where is it going to be????????
    I need to plan and get my PISS fitness organised
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  19. Eaglebeak

    Eaglebeak All roads rider, West Oz.

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    Reef, see post 332, page 17.

    Mt Dare. SA.
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  20. Flodder

    Flodder Flodder

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    As all the chatter is about tracks getting to a place called Mount Dare i would assume it is the place to meet and have a beer or two.