Simpson desert,Gammon ranges and 3 corners run

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  1. gavo

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    The catalysis for this was the fact that 2years ago when doing an across Australia and back trip, which was to include the desert, we had not predicted that the damn place would be flooded :eek1
    Anyhow, 2 weeks off work and the plan, Trailer bikes to Eulo QLD (couldn't waste my nobbies on blacktop) 3 DR's as starters Day1 Eulo to Tiboburra, Day 2Tiboburra to Arkaroola, Day 3 Arkaroola to Marree , Day 4 Marree to Oodnadatta,
    Day 5 Oodnadatta to Mt Dare to somewhere in the Simpson, Day 7 more Simpson, Day 8 Simpson to Birdsville, Day 9 Birdsville to Innamincka, Day 10 Innamincka to Eulo. sweet:D
    Here's how it went

    Day 1 After a night of bullshitting ,eating and drinking
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    Then this pub ,ex cob and co but not open yet, Hungerford

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    Sturt National park
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    Mt Wood station ( in the video at the end)
    Tiboburra Hotel best stay of the trip Highly recommended
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    More Sturt national park
    Just lost a bag here after going in ditch
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    Cameron's corner

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    bet noone's seen this before:wink:
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    To bunk at Arkaroola
    Into the Gammons
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    Nooldoonoldoona waterhole
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    Gill's lookout
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    Through Blinman to Parachilna through Beltana
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    To Marree, stayed at the pub another good stop
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  3. gavo

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    Today's leg is Marree to Oodnadatta the "track" is more like a dirt freeway:lol3
    Art in the outback
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    Rail bridge for old Ghan line
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    The mound springs were interesting
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    A little eco system surround by nothing
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    and lake Eyre
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    and the salubrious accommodation behind the pink roadhouse:lol3
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    Day 5 Oodnadatta to Mt Dare
    Eringa waterhole was a nice stop
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    And a brief stop for a group photo
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    Mt Dare to 212ks further on
    Dalhousie springs
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    There was a group of walkers spread out along the French line with army support trucks. the oldest walker was 83 I believe, the could walk as much or as little as they wanted and could be picked up at marked points.
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    We were going well and making good time when we decided to stop and let some air out of the tyres, thats when I found 2 broken spokes in my rear wheel.
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    After that break I don't know what changed but both Doug and myself lost the rhythm, 1st and second gear, couldn't get on top of the sand, couldn't stay on the track or upright, bad situation we got spread out, Pete was going well and thought we were behind him, I was about 1km ahead of Doug we I went bush and spent about 10min trying to wrestle my bike to a position where I could lift it. Knackered I rested for 5min---no Doug, so I head back find him ,he's mobile but had to unload his bike to lift it and get up a dune, thing were not going well.
    Doug and I went search of Pete but it was slow going, found this teddy in a chair watching telly on one of the flats, some people take strange stuff to the desert:lol3
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    Our first nights camp, we only made about 40kms in the afternoon and this was cause for concern
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    Tomorrows another day :eek1
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    Well tomorrow came and it all fell into place after a cold night but not unbearable.
    Straight up third and fourth gear,good speed and very few excursions:clap

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    Not far from Poeppels corner
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    About another 40k's or so and we made camp. We figured we were around 100k's from Birdsville
    Plus a fire tonight, someone had left some wood:clap
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    Left maybe an hour after sunrise after another cold night, my minus 10 bag was just adequate and it's been fine for many a Budgie rally so it was cold, the other 2 had Aldi -15 bags and said they felt the cold.
    After what seemed like an easy short ride we were at the last dune "Big Red"
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    After some discussion we thought last on e , give it a crack:lol3
    Peter went first , straight up no worries I followed on the same approach also with success.
    Doug decided on a different track to the top and bogged down 3/4 the way up so went down for a go at the track Peter and I used
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    A celebratory picture on the top and the view
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    The temp road from Big Red to Birdsville was a little tricky but no indecent' s and on for a well earned beer after completing the crossing in 2 1/2 days
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  7. DaveTrx

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    Great report Gav! Now time to get ready for something completely different!!!!!!
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    Day 9 Birdsville to Innamincka
    We headed for Haddon corner with a little stop just outside Betoota, you cane see it in the background, deserted
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    then on to the corner

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    We were going to the Burke and Wills dig tree but as my bike was being extra thirsty we elected to by pass that for a shorter route and come back tomorrow
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    Day 10 Innamincka to Eulo via Nappa merri-Santos rd
    The site of Burke's death
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    And then around to the dig tree
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    And the one more historical pub to finish things off:lol3 at Noccundra
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    Just this video now
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  9. Goosefeather

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    Nicely done . . .
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    Good RR
    interesting your comments about losing your rythm , could it have been a little fatigue and difference in sand temperature. Found it I tough going around midday in the dunes with the sand noticeably softer.

    Good to see you pushed on

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  11. WILL_S

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    nice one
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  12. Worm Burner

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    Hi Gavo, I've been waiting to read your ride report 4 some time now, your still faster than my report. Just can' t help think that you have left best bit off though. You know the 3 or so hours after you left Eulo on the way home . good stuff
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  13. gavo

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    You mean the part when we missed the turn off and ended up 100+kms in the wrong direction and state :lol3:lol3
    I can claim I was in the back seat with my head in a magazine but I don't know what the guys in the front will claim :lol3
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  14. Ian Robinson

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    Good report .. Some nice country out there. A few dramas go to making a memorable trip.
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    pirate63 SUPA 10 PILOT

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    great stuff gave:clap:clap
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  16. gmanski

    gmanski =)

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    Nice one gavo
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  17. farqhuar

    farqhuar Lone Wolf

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    Great report Gavo, what month did you do the ride in? Just wondering about best time of year to something similar.

    Also wondering how much fuel you took - guessing 30L in the safari, how much more did you take and how did you carry it?
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  18. gavo

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    The middle of August, weather was pretty good.
    My bike was by far the thirstiest and for the Simpson crossing, the Safari held about 34lts and 3 five litre jerries. I went through most of it, probably 5 or 6 ltrs left.
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  19. farqhuar

    farqhuar Lone Wolf

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    Thanks, that means you used around 43-44 litres. I'm planning on doing it on a KLR in July and carrying two 10 litre jerries on top of the 22 litres in the tank - total 42. I reckoned that should be safe but from your usage maybe another 5 litres wouldn't go astray. Did you see many other vehicles in the Simpson - just wondering how much I need to watch for fourbys coming the other way up a dune towards me?
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    Didn't see any other bikes out there< a couple at mount Dare but a couple of convoy's of 4wd's most had site flags fitted and also came across the salvage truck from the Birdsville side. no hang on 2 posties on the Birdsville side with 4wd back up. We were going west to east the track was chewed up on the east side of the dunes so they were taking it slowly plus there was the walking group:lol3 I tried to stand up just before I crested dunes for a better look and tried to watch a dune or 2 in the distance.
    My bike was pretty thirsty compared to the others. And at least 4ltrs of water per day. It's all heavy to lift when you start out but gets better:lol3
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