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. Oly felt sorry for me so he dropped his bike just to make me feel better 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. One of the many dry creek crossings we crossed Dead Camel ( tried the Bear Grills thing, but I think someone got all the good bits before me!) The road out got a bit sandy 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... 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! W stopped for lunch and a swim at Carawine Gorge, Bit of a dump, but spose it will do. 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. Lunch at the start of Skull Springs rd Skull Springs rd runs from Woody Woody mine to Nullagine, about 200k's A must do if your up that way. We chased this old bull camel up the track for a while, Man they stink! 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. 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. 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. 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) Sign at the end of Skull Springs rd. 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. Lunch? \ 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. 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! 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.