The Exile's and Muzza's great Western Australia Adventures.

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by rodmuzwa, Mar 23, 2013.

  1. rodmuzwa

    rodmuzwa Been here awhile

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    Very interesting ride today, and a bit more challenging than our usual runs. There has been a fair bit of rain round these parts lately so the trails were nicely compacted and a little muddy in parts, but nothing the Super Thumpers couldn't handle.

    The area:

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    You can see from the google earth screenshot that we are blessed with lots of tracks and trails to explore and all on our doorstep! Some are graded gravel roads which are a bit of a nightmare to ride, and others, like the ones we did today are just forest tracks. We encountered some tricky parts, deeply rutted with large rocks and boulders and a covering of loose gravel sometimes several inches thick where it had been pushed into the centre and sides of the trails by the many 4 wheel drives that wander these forests. One hill proved a bit problematic for Brian. We got down ok, but very gingerly as the front wheels of our bikes slid into and out of the ruts thanks to the gravel. Getting back up was more difficult though. Brian went first as he is braver than me. About half way up his back wheel seemed to slide into one of the deeper ruts and he got stuck! He was very unlucky to be fair, but once he lost his forward momentum the Mighty DR was going nowhere as he couldn't get any traction on the damn gravel. A little push from both of us up the hill and all was good except for the fact that I was sweating buckets under my jacket and fleece. Luckily for me, I now knew the line not to take and gunned Special K up the other side of the track to the top. A good learning experience. Probably a good idea to walk through the obstacle before attempting to ride it! No damage and no injuries so all is still well with the world.

    The problematic hill. Doesn't look much but it was a bugger to get back up it!

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    Some pics of the forest trails:

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    And the great Western Australia bush:

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    Can't wait to get back out there. Vids to follow once I get time to edit them and add appropriate tunes!
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  2. rodmuzwa

    rodmuzwa Been here awhile

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    I wonder if anyone actually reads this stuff :)
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  3. rodmuzwa

    rodmuzwa Been here awhile

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  4. rodmuzwa

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  5. rodmuzwa

    rodmuzwa Been here awhile

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    What a day! I need to say it again, what a bloody day!

    1200 hrs- usual meet up at Dome Pinjarra, but with a twist this time. A new member of the crew, if you can call two of us a crew that is. Old Jim joined us on his DR. Another bloody DR I hear you say, and yes you are correct. It appears that there is little or no taste in these parts, so obviously I need to find another KLR rider to balance the books. Anyway, the sun was shining with a few clouds in the sky but a perfect day for a ride. Or so we thought. Jim and I chewed the fat at Dome while we waited for Brian to arrive. He was a bit late as he was involved in the management of one of his many businesses this morning, and his Hot Chocolate nearly became cold chocolate while we waited. He turned up a few minutes after us and we hatched a plan to head down Nanga Road to Collie which is a South West Coal town. Easy peasy. A nice graded gravel blast all the way from Waroona. 73kms of pure fun.

    Off we nearly went. I had to empty my gloves of pinebark mulch. No idea how the mulch got in there but it's never happened before and Old Jim has never ridden with us before. Hmmmmm! Brian had to fuel up at Waroona as his DR tanks holds something like 500ml of fuel so he needed a top up.

    From there it was off through the hills to Nanga Road and the start of our intrepid adventure through the wilderness to Collie:

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    Off we went and it soon started pissing down with rain. Our lovely clean shiny bikes were clean and shiny no more. The track is 73kms long and none of us had ever done it before so really we had no idea where we were going but knew that we should end up at Collie.

    Jim and I had brought flasks of coffee so we stopped about 25 kms in for a quick brew and a biscuit. Brian sadly failed in his rather feeble attempts to procure some biscuits for us but made up for it in the shape of a Mars bar, a Snickers and a Twix! Luckily, Jim, a hardy and seasoned adventurer, also brought some museli bars.

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    Jim handing out the museli bars:

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    Then there was some serious DR650 talk to be had. Clearly I was excluded as I am firmly in the KLR camp:

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    We were then off again. I think Brian and Jim were intimidated and jealous of the sheer superiority of my KLR so showed it by buggering off as fast as they could so they didn't have to ride with me. I tend to ride at the back of the pack as I am usually slowest but also because I have the Contour to shoot the video!

    The track was good. A fair bit of gravel but also quite a lot of smooth dirt which had been compacted by the rain so it was quite a fast run and we reached speeds in excess of 100kmh which I thought I could never say as I am usually quite conservative off and on road.

    A good few kms later, through more pissing rain, which incidently I had no visibilty and had to try and peer through the gap between the top of my sunglasses and the top of the face of my helmet so I could see anything at all, and we reached a sealed road.

    I stopped to take some happy snaps and shortly after Brian, followed by Jim came back to see if I had fallen off!

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    Brian coming back:

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    Jim coming back:

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    A few more happy snaps of the area:

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    Then it was a nice scenic winding run on the tarmac into Collie for coffee and pies. But it wasn't Collie. It was Harvey and all the bakeries were closed. We couldn't believe it! Harvey is only 30 mins from Waroona where we started! Nevertheless it was a fantastic run through the forest and with Brian and Jim it was a brilliant laugh. It rained a lot but that didn't dampen our spirits and it was nice to ride with someone new in our little group. Jim certainly is good value and Brian was his usual affable self.

    I didn't mean what I said about the DR's. I really think they are fantastic bikes even if they are built for farm work!:D

    More little adventures to come soon and hopefully one day we will find our way to Collie. At least there is a McDonalds there!
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  6. exile730

    exile730 exile730

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    DR agricultural - never! On my DR I have a key, a high beam light, a neutral light and indicator idiot lights - I even have a speedo! Bloody KLRs and their high tech 'on board' computery whatdoyoumaflips (tachometer) and liquid cooling. Humbug - I tell you. Humbug! Who wants a nice screen/s, free luggage, bigger tank, luggage rack, comfy seat and modern tech as standard for the same price? Not me - I would much rather spend another $1500 putting it all on having shipped the bits round the world first. Or in my case buy an old battler where the PO has done 90% of the necessary hard work and $$$$$$$!

    Posting wise I sat down and did my bit last night whilst my underpants dried out. I hit up the DR forum so here is the link

    http://drriders.com/post101816.html#p101816

    Feck - I got well and truly soaked. As you can see from my pix my trusty leather jacket and non-safety jeans along with my decade old army boots were rocked. I was well prepared for me. Check my new MX lid! The first full head I have worn in over twenty years and it was not too bad. I might even think about a waterproof jacket next .......

    Rod was great company as ever and old JimM was a hoot. He was checking out some of my DR farkles so i will have to keep my eye on him. He was just a littlke too interested in my stainless rego plate mounting .....

    Great day out and thanks to the boys for some great laughs. Until next weekend ...... :clap
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  7. rodmuzwa

    rodmuzwa Been here awhile

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    A quick solo blast round my estate today. It was windy as all hell and to be honest it looked like it was going to rain too. Missed the bro's Brian and Jim but went out for a quickie anyway! I'm scared of sand by the way!

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  8. rodmuzwa

    rodmuzwa Been here awhile

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    Finally, after weeks of waiting, we are back out on the road today. A road ride to Quindanning via Dwellingup and back via the gold mining town of Boddington with a bit of luck. The weather is fine, the sky is blue, WeeStrom fuelled and ready to go. I wonder what bike Brian will bring today!
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  9. rodmuzwa

    rodmuzwa Been here awhile

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    Well folks, my hopes and dreams of a decent ride to blow away the cobwebs were crushed. Brian's Beemer battery shit itself as he fuelled up. There's always next week I suppose!
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  10. rodmuzwa

    rodmuzwa Been here awhile

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    Well,we're back! Actually, I'm back. Brian hasn't actually been off here but I lost the love almost a year ago. Not sure why exactly but I suppose life and family stuff just took over so Wee and Big K were left in the garage, idle and lonely.
    I got to the point where I decided to sell both bikes and give up altogether. Sadly Wee has found a new home but something inside me couldn't let K go. Good job too. Went for a little blast with Bri and our new bud Rich who is also a bloody DR man- damn them and their uncivilized two wheeled tractors!
    Anyway, only a couple of hundred clicks to Quindanning where Rich and I were soundly beaten at darts by Brian. Good ride though and I think I've got the bug back. Just need to figure out how to upload photos again.
    Good to be back and looking forward to reading and writing lots of RRs in the future.
    Keep it shiny side up folks.
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  11. rodmuzwa

    rodmuzwa Been here awhile

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    The DR lads and the bikes at the big log in Dwellingup, raring to hit the road!<a href="http://s1158.photobucket.com/user/rodmuzwa/media/Quindanning%20Nov%202014/D4C34B99-9B01-4767-88C7-50D8B12284E7_zpsxqjetnmm.jpg.html" target="_blank"><img src="http://i1158.photobucket.com/albums/p601/rodmuzwa/Quindanning%20Nov%202014/D4C34B99-9B01-4767-88C7-50D8B12284E7_zpsxqjetnmm.jpg" border="0" alt=" photo D4C34B99-9B01-4767-88C7-50D8B12284E7_zpsxqjetnmm.jpg"/></a>

    It would be rude not to stop at the Blue Wren for a sausage roll or pie before the ride.

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    East along Pinjarra Williams Road to Lower Hotham Road. Unfortunately Rich didn't realise we were turning off so carried on alone for a few km's before realising we had stopped. Gave Brian and I a chance to acquaint ourselves with the local flies- and there were plenty of them!

    Then it was off down Lower Hotham Road to see what we could see, and look what we came across:

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    One of the longest if not the longest conveyor belts in the world. It runs for 105 km's and carries bauxite from minesite to refinery. Impressive feat of engineering.

    Onwards toward the Quindanning Harvey Rd:

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    Junction of Lower Hotham and Harvey Quindanning Roads. You can see from the background hill where the mining companies have removed the bauxite. Certainly changes the landscape a bit!

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    "Yes Richard the KLR is more comfortable, more refined and generally better than the DR. Yes you should have bought one. No, you can't have mine!"

    On to the Quindanning Inne where we enjoyed a nice cool beverage and got flogged at Darts by Brian. He clearly didn't go to school when he was supposed to!
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    Then a gentle ride home where we passed a nice big brown snake (none of us were game to go back for a photo) and a front tyre puncture for me.

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    Big K feeling a little sorry for herself after the ride. All fixed now and looking forward to the next one. Great job lads!
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