Rudall River Part 2

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  1. FIIG Rick

    FIIG Rick FAT CHICKS NEED LOVIN TOO

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    Part 2: "To Boldly go where no other GSA has gone before" (Or again)
    O.k so into Rudall river National park we headed, the track was down to two wheel ruts with spinafex on either side and the middle, a mix of rock, sand and more sand, at times it was better to head bush and keep the track in site rather than use the track.
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    Oly felt sorry for me so he dropped his bike just to make me feel better
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    Rudall River is remote, It's hard to explain to people who don't know the area, we saw no one whilst we were there, the nearest known people where at least 300 k's away, wild camels were everywhere, Dingo's howled all night when we camped, If you want to get away from it all, this is the place, To say we had some navigation problems would be a bit harsh, just that the guy (Shane) who mapped it, way pointed it, Google mapped it etc, really the guy who knew where we were going, bailed out at Newman with a sore knee, so as we discovered some great places and rides, we sort of missed the Queen Desert Baths, and as fuel was an Issue we didn't keep looking, long story but we decided to head for Telfer gold mine and out of the Park.

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    One of the many dry creek crossings we crossed
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    Dead Camel ( tried the Bear Grills thing, but I think someone got all the good bits before me!)
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    The road out got a bit sandy

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    Then the sand got a bit roady, note the dingo tracks in the rutts, this tested the pig, at one stage I looked back where I had been and it looked like a turtle had been laying eggs in the sand, One big scrape mark with flipper marks along each side, Ah sand you gotta love it, Tried to swap bikes at this stage...
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    As we had a fuel (and beer) drop organised at a cattle station up the track we decided to push on past Telfer

    Road trains... the drivers must love it when the see us!
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    W stopped for lunch and a swim at Carawine Gorge, Bit of a dump, but spose it will do.

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    We headed for Warrawagine Cattle station where our fuel and beer was organised, Warrawagine is big 165k's long and 80 k's wide, not many fences, and cattle who have never seen people, Mustering time during the cooler months( now) there are around 26 people there, more than alot of towns up here, the Cattlemen are a bunch of young guys (and girls) who go out on 225cc bikes and with the aid of helecopters and buggy's push the cattle into pens where there loaded onto trucks and shipped out.

    a Buggy, frequently tipped over by bulls.
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    Lunch at the start of Skull Springs rd
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    Skull Springs rd runs from Woody Woody mine to Nullagine, about 200k's
    A must do if your up that way.
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    We chased this old bull camel up the track for a while, Man they stink!

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    I hadn't dropped the bike for a while so I thought I'd stop and look at the view and lay the big girl down.
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    About 35 k's short of Nullagine I hit one of the many sharp rocks and blew the side wall on the front tyre at about 110 kmh, the bike stayed solid and I pulled up to suvey the dammage.
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    We tried to patch it, plug it, green slime it, nothing worked so Dren loaded the wheel onto the DR and took it to Nullagine, I boiled the billy, re packed the bike, threw rocks at bottles etc.
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    It went dark and I was wondering what had gone on, some tourists stopped and gave me 2 cans of cold beer( I must have looked like I needed it)
    Dren came back with John the guy who runs the caravan park with a Landcruiser and trailer, the tyre was damaged beyond repair, so we went back to Nullagine where I got on the phone to the wife, she started the ball rolling and to cut a long story short a fellw inmate "Pilbara" had a tyre on the mail truck from Newman the next morning and we were back on the road by lunch time ( amazing service)
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    Sign at the end of Skull Springs rd.
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    As the tyre was a Tourance tyre, we decided to pull up short on the rest of the trip and head back to Perth on the tar, 200k's of dirt to Newman to thank "Pilbara" and camped about 40k's ou of Newman.
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    Lunch?
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    The ride back to Perth (1150 in one day) was a bit boring...but I was glad to be heading home in one bit!
    Every second truck was a wide load heading north for the next mining boom.
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    This next one was a beuty 126 wheels, 150 t cone crusher pluss the trailer,2 prime movers linked together, heading to Yandi mine from Perth at 50kmh, oh and there was 2 of them!
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    So thats about it another great trip, great company, great roards and tracks.
    The GSA did a great job, hard work in the sand, at times I would have given anything to have a 650, but we got there.
    The Pilbara region on Western Australia is a great place to visit, I think everyone should ride Skull Springs rd atleast once in there life.
    Quit your job, leave the wife, sell a kidney, do what ever it takes but get up into the Pilbara.
    Thanks for reading my first ride report, and see you out there.
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  2. farcall

    farcall Bike-a-holic

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    Great job Richard. Farken jealous.

    You're now the official Ride Reporter for us OK.

    You got me thinking of trailering the 640 up to Newman and riding Skull Springs Rd then Carawine solo.

    Shane
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  3. olyflyer

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    mmm long weekend this weekend, if i get my bike back in time i might do skull springs road

    did you try a tube in the front? had to throw a tube in my strom when we did the same on the rear with a rock, held up till we got just shy of Halls Creek on the Duncan Hwy
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  4. FIIG Rick

    FIIG Rick FAT CHICKS NEED LOVIN TOO

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    Thats the only thing I didn't try, as the side wall was so damaged, If I had fitted a tube It would only have got me to Nullagine, I wouldn't have risked it any further, as it was BMW roadside assist are paying the $150 fee for the pick up, I will be taking tubes with me next time as that would be the only way to get going again.
    I was talking to Dren at Nullagine and we recon use the van park as a base and ride off on day trips unloaded??, might be the next ride?
    Better wait until Marble Bar gets beer again.
    Or Warrawagine????>?
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  5. FIIG Rick

    FIIG Rick FAT CHICKS NEED LOVIN TOO

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    Yeh It's a great ride, Talked to Pilbara and he seems keen to show us around his back yard, might be a goer?
    Even though I dropped my bike heaps, and blew a tyre, I couldn't get the smile off my face riding those roads "Living the Dream"
    I've always looked at the GSA as an overgrown trail bike, some of those tracks were Farkin hard work, and I addmited to myself that the bike is too big for some of those river crossings, but all in all I still think it's the bike for me.
    It's cold down here, I wana go back.
    P.s Hows the knee?
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  6. olyflyer

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    yeah it's cold up here too, a brisk 28C and a artic 18C overnight I think I have frostbite :vardy

    think i might just drive up and grab the bike on a trailer Friday and drive to a camping spot and set up base and ride for 3 days, keen?
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  7. farcall

    farcall Bike-a-holic

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    Still hobbling round like a ruptured emu. Commuting on the GSA now... bit tricky gettin on & off the thing.

    No room for an old DR (or somethin) in the shed for you maybe? And go back in 2011 & find Desert Queen... it's in my GPS :lol3
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  8. FIIG Rick

    FIIG Rick FAT CHICKS NEED LOVIN TOO

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    Yeh why the puck not, still havn't washed the bike so there's an excuse!!
    Where you wana go?
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  9. FIIG Rick

    FIIG Rick FAT CHICKS NEED LOVIN TOO

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    Still got the KLR in the shed, might have to dust it off!!
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  10. pugsley

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    Mate ya did well on that big girl!Good on ya!
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  11. bully1

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    Rick after watching you throw the GSA around on Sunday morning after the OCBR, that bike is definately the bike for you, I love my GS and have been known to put it in places it shouldn't be but that Sunday you left me and many others for dead (may have been the SAmbucca though), only other bloke I've seen ride a GS that hard would be Hillbilly, he scares me,no-ones told him it's not a DRZ.:evil
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  12. waltwhitman

    waltwhitman Been here awhile

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    good stuff thanks for sharing
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    Bloody hell Rick, mate that ride report just makes me wanna strap the tent on and head up there! :clap

    Well done on a fantastic ride, and a ripper ride report :thumb

    Cheers,
    Dan
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  14. FIIG Rick

    FIIG Rick FAT CHICKS NEED LOVIN TOO

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    Oh shucks Bully, I'm blushing..., yeh I do like the pig, just gotta remember to take the front guard off in heavy mud next time.
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  15. Dalton4four

    Dalton4four Testing gravity!!

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    Brilliant write up FIIG Rick - Really enjoyed it. Keep it coming.

    Some fantastic shots of the Wild wild west.

    Will have to visit that side of the country when my KLX400

    grows up.
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    Great stuff Richard, when I finally get a 950ADV I will have to come along with you guys for a NW ride.
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  17. Hill Billy

    Hill Billy Part-time Adventurer

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    Great report and pictures Rick.
    It's good to see a GS out there where it belongs. you don't see it very often.
    I know it can be a bit challenging in the sand but but you sure do appreciate the comfort on the easier stretches.

    Well done :thumb

    Cheers
    howard.
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  18. ktmman1503

    ktmman1503 Been here awhile

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    Great job guys... Great photos...

    Would have loved to had seen your camp when stuck out by yourself waiting for the tyre.

    Cheers.

    Craig.
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    BROTOWNBOY Been here awhile

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    Fantastic bit of country there guys!! Much appreciated :clap :clap
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  20. tripodtiger

    tripodtiger I used to be SCRay

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    Fantastic ride, fantastic photos, fantastic report.

    Pity about the wounded knee. It's like an epidemic.

    My brother is in Albany / Geraldton (2weeks on, 2weeks off?) and spends most of his free time not riding his 1150. I don't know why, when it can be that good.
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