Red Centre, Australia

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by lowrpm, Apr 28, 2006.

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    This is the story of my brief trip through central oz. It was my first real offroad trip on a bike - I learned heaps, took pics, and got lots of bruises. The trip was gonna be two weeks, but a death in the wife's family peeled two off the start and then work wanted me back earlier too. Anyway, just for reference, here's what the bike looked like the day before departure. Pretty huh? Virginal even.

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    Arrived at the end of the first day in a town called Hawker, at the southern end of the Flinders Ranges in South Australia. That was 1200km for the day. A sore butt, but I was at the start of the real ride - a few km up the road I'd be on the dirt - the Oodnadatta Track

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    Lots of these in outback South Australia. The road is bitumen from Hawker until Lyndhurst - about 200km.

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    Flinders Ranges in the background.

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    Nice.

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    Lyndhurst - the start of the Strzelecki Track. Anyway, this is where the dirt starts.

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    See - tar turns to dirt. . .

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    Marree, the start of the Oodnadatta Track on a strip of tar that runs through town.

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    The track proper. Sandy, gravelly in places, but good condition. 90kmh at this stage (50mph?).

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    No damage yet.

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    Lake Eyre South is just off one side of the track. A big salt pan that stretches way over the horizon.

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    This might show it a bit better.

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    Ruins overlooking the lake. God knows who thought it was a good idea to live here. There's nothing for hundreds of km - no water, no people, zippo.

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    At this point the track is well formed of crushed gravel, but you can see the red sand dunes in the background. Eventually, the track deteriorates.

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    A small jump-up on the side of the track gave a bit of a view. Not much to see, but it gives you an idea of how far you are from anything.

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    From the same spot, looking back the other way you can see part of the Oodnadatta Track. Done that bit - that's south and I still have a bit to do before dark.

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    The first of the sand. Not much, but I shoulda known better than to think this was easy.

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    A bit more sand.

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    This is about 1km off the road. Why did they live here? Why did they leave? Good idea to move out though, if you ask me.

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    This was Oodnadatta - the end of my second day and my first on the dirt. 700km for the day - the most dirt I've ever done in one hit and I still haven't fallen off! Yet.

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    PS. This is ALL of Oodnadatta!
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