Simpson Desert & Hay River Track April 2012

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by lotsa, Apr 30, 2012.

  1. lotsa

    lotsa Ride while you can

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    The ground made it too easy really.........but I'm glad it did. Good timing I call it. Exactly as we planned.:wink:

    It was ANZAC day that day and we poped into Atitjere. Sign said it was shut public holidays and looked like no one was around so we pressed on.
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  2. lotsa

    lotsa Ride while you can

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    We woke to a brilliant blue sky and a good days riding ahead. Stopped at Dingo Well
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    From this point, the whopping trees started to appear. As in “the Hay River Track is going to open a can of whoop-ass on you and your bike”. Mother nature had planted trees close to the track edge and in the middle of the track which left you nowhere to go at speed except through them….at your peril. <o:p></o:p>
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    Not to be confused with whipping trees found on the QAA Line and French Line, these were thick branched buggers which looked nice and leafy and easy to go through until it caught the handle bar which took me to the ground a couple of times or shot me off course. Bloody whooping trees. Suppose we could have slowed down.
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    The track ran along the Hay River and through it for a short section
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    A break and battle the flies for a bite to eat
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    About lunch time we came across a group of three 4wd from Guyra NSW that was travelling in front of us. They had been knocking over some of the whooping trees in the centre of the track but not anymore. <o:p></o:p>
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    I had a look at my GPS when I got home and I reckon there was about 200km of track with tight sandy corners and whooping trees and it was slow going. The problem for me I think was I couldn’t get the speed up enough to get steering over the front end and I’d had a couple of falls that banged my legs up and couldn’t stand on the pegs. <o:p></o:p>
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    Just before Madigan Camp 15 the track opened up and we could ride more comfortably
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    Tryhard signing the book at camp 16
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    There was a great section of track with nice open sandy turns passing the base of dunes that you could just cruise along in a high gear. A good way to end the day.<o:p></o:p>
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    Camp was setup in a top spot just north of Clay Pan in anticipation of hitting the dunes and the shot line first thing in the morning
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  3. Stefs_cruiser

    Stefs_cruiser Been here awhile

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    Thanks for a great RR, I loved the section that went in and out of the River, but it sounds like there is a lot more growth now, than when we were there.

    Great read, Thanks..:clap
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  4. lotsa

    lotsa Ride while you can

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    All the spare fuel was in the bikes and we were down to Camelbaks for water so with no time to waste we hit the track
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    There were a lot of big fat dingos about who would stay on the trail looking at us before bolting.<o:p></o:p>
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    Dunes ahead that had a right turn at the bottom leading up to them just as Joel had said. We were going over them easily and waiting for the hard one but it never came
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    The start of the shot line
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    Great day to be out riding in the desert
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    At Beachcomber Oil Well we had a snake break and that was the end of the dunes
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    There was good road from here for the last 50km except for big washouts
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    At the clay pan we knew we were close to QAA Line
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    Across this clay pan and the start of the QAA Line lay the dunes to Birdsville
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    My pannier rack mount on the frame broke and Tryhard offered a cable tie
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    That’s not a cable tie…this is a cable tie
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    Not much tyre wear for 2000km
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    Tryhard….stop taking photos and let’s ride
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    The distances between dunes were getting bigger so I knew the end was near. I came over a dune and realised I was looking at Big Red. That was a moment to remember. We’d done it.
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    Tryhard rode up big red
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    The sandy detour track around Big Red that we needed to get our eye in on the first day of the ride disappeared under our wheels quickly and then it was a quick run into Birdsville.<o:p></o:p>
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    The must do Birdsville pub photo
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    Then the Birdsville Bakery for a tasty pie and cold beer, brilliant
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    Great company, no mechanicals, no flat tyres, a couple of injuries and I would say the best riding out in the desert. Thanks Tryhard, pleasure riding with you.<o:p></o:p>
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  5. evildingo

    evildingo On a road to no-where

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    Awesome
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  6. Desertboner

    Desertboner Compulsive obsessive

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    Looks like a wonderful trip
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  7. Dusty Rhodes

    Dusty Rhodes Yowie Chaser

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    Doesn't get any better than that :thumbup

    Cheers.
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  8. OzJuJu

    OzJuJu Team Barracuda

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    Great Ride Report!, Can't wait for next year riding these tracks with my Bro! :D
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  9. Wilmo

    Wilmo Orange Fever

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    Thanks for posting!
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  10. hdog

    hdog Been here awhile

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    Bloody rippa
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  11. Sroz

    Sroz Adventurer

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    Well done and thanks for taking time to write up!
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  12. WIBO

    WIBO Will it buff out?

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    :clap
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  13. Joe Watson

    Joe Watson Long timer

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    Bloody fantastic mate! Thanks for sharing.
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  14. touser

    touser canned fruit

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    well done :clap
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  15. digga1111

    digga1111 bann ed

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    excellent. how good is heavytree cara park after a coupla days in the desert
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  16. jtb

    jtb Long timer

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    Great pics and report from what would have been an awesome ride! Thanks for taking the time to share your adventures! :clap
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  17. peter13

    peter13 FJ cruiser

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    That was really cool. Thanks.
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  18. Tanami

    Tanami Under The Weather

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    Brilliant ride. I think that' s the kind of ride we have in mind when we say "living the dream". Well, except for Tryhard in the spring, my dream is a little different there.

    Stu
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  19. The Cougar

    The Cougar Barry Dawson's Twin

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    Very awesome report. Thanks for sharing.
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  20. lotsa

    lotsa Ride while you can

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    Thanks to you Digga.

    I remembered it from your post when you went there.

    Top spot. And pub.
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