V-Strom 2-up to Menindee

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by ItsGotToBeYellow, Oct 5, 2013.

  1. ItsGotToBeYellow

    ItsGotToBeYellow IGTBY

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    The destination of this trip was proving difficult to lock down. Maybe Innamincka? Maybe the Victorian highlands? My grand plans were finally screwed when the missus announced that she had to be back home in just 4 days. I decided we’d better head to Menindee for a look.

    After finalising some business stuff on Monday morning we finally got going around midday on the little 650 V-Strom with 60kg of gear.

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    We headed out to Eden Valley, Pine Hut Rd and on to Towitta.

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    You wouldn’t think a bit of wind would bother 430kg of bike, gear, pillion and rider but you’d be wrong. The bike was getting blown across the dirt tracks and we had to continually dodge fallen tree branches. After just being missed by a rather large falling branch we decided to bitumen it to a motel in Barmera.

    The view from our room showed some rather large waves breaking on the Lake Bonney beach.

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    Absolutely crazy weather.

    The next day looked much better but still a little windy and we took off to Wentworth via the Old Wentworth Rd and Renmark Rd.
    Stopped off for a look at Chowilla.

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    The road was a fairly major gravel road that varied in both track condition and scenery so it made for an interesting trip.

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    After a feed and fuel at Wentworth we followed Lower Darling Rd until it hooked up with High Darling Rd. This took us up the western side of the Darling River. Nice roads and scenery with numerous sand drifts to negotiate (probably due to the windy weather).

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    We crossed the Darling to the eastern side just before Pooncarie and headed to Menindee via the Pooncarie-Menindee Rd. This was a more major road but was a lot rougher and we bottomed the Strom’s rear suspension on a number of occasions.

    After a drink at the Menindee local and a refuel, we headed out to camp in Kinchega National Park. We chose a site on the banks of the Darling which was fantastic.

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    On Wednesday we followed the track through the national park which was a great ride except for a rather close encounter with a 5 ft brown snake that was spread across the narrow track.

    I had intended to follow the Darling down the western side but missed the turn at Emu Lake and ended up at Tanduo Station.

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    Followed Bindara-Tandou Rd to Coona Point-Bindara Rd.

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    Again mostly good clay roads with quite a bit of sand. The sand wasn’t deep and a bit of throttle carried us through without much drama even though the Strom is not a big fan of sand.

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    We followed the Darling until we hit the same bridged that we used to cross the river the day before. We crossed back to the eastern side and had a spot of lunch on the river’s edge.

    We then headed for Mungo National Park via Top Hut Rd. This again was a rough road and we crushed the rear bump stop on the Strom on numerous occasions. Had no option but to back the speed off to 80k for most of this road.

    Mungo in a dust storm is interesting.

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    Then headed south on dirt to Mildura for the night, treating ourselves to another motel (and a shower).

    The plan was to follow the old Mail route to Renmark but I ended up on the wrong road. Still a really interesting track.

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    Finally caught up with the Old Mail Rd only to find it closed. As it had rained the night before we decided to heed the warning and took the bitumen to the Vic/SA boarder. There we turn south. What a waste of time. Just boring and dull. Had to negotiate one tricky sand hill but mostly was a grass overgrown, dead straight, two wheeled track with no scenery worth a second glance.

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    Oh well, been there, don’t have to go back.

    We followed the border track to the junction with Carwarp Rd and Fisher Rd. Fisher Rd turned out to be a great road with refreshing scenery including a number of old ruins and lush farmland.

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    We then followed the GPS into Berri for lunch via some delightful Riverland orchard country.
    Camped the night on Katarapko Creek.

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    Hit the bitumen on Friday morning and headed home via Morgan. Lobbed back at midday.

    Over way to soon for my liking but a worthwhile trip all the same.
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  2. Concorde

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    Sounds like another good ride on the Strom...albeit windy.

    Thanks for the RR.
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  3. Aussie Trev

    Aussie Trev aka DRTrev

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    Sounds like a good ride. How come you missed turns so often?:lol3
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  4. ClearwaterBMW

    ClearwaterBMW The Examiner

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    what an adventure.
    Did you say you took 60 kg of gear?
    that seems like quite a bit.
    can i ask what weighed so much?
    thanks for sharing with us
    great pictures... really enjoyed this thread
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  5. jtb

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    Great write up and pics! :clap:clap:clap Congrats on coming from SA and NOT calling it Medindie!:D
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  6. ItsGotToBeYellow

    ItsGotToBeYellow IGTBY

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    As the changed destination was a last minute thing, I ripped some pages out of an old road atlas and that was all I had for maps. Not a lot of detail. Lucky to get to Menindie at all.
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  7. SixWatt

    SixWatt kicker of elves

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    Like to see a wee strom on a 2-up adventure. Thanks for the RR. :super
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  8. ItsGotToBeYellow

    ItsGotToBeYellow IGTBY

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    We took a Black Wolf 2 man tent, Mont Warmlite air beds, Roman -5C sleeping bags, a plastic tarp, cooking gear and backpackers gas stove, food for 4 days, 11 litres of water plus longlife milk and fruit juice, 750mm of grog, walking shoes, clothes for 3 days, toiletries (remember I'm traveling with a women). Also had a First Aid Kit, Camera, Spot, GPS, air bed pump, torch, spare batteries and chargers for phones, camera and GPS. Tools included a puncture repair kit. Thats about it.

    The 60kg was a guess, the bags and pannier cases weighed 50kg packed and I added 10kg to cover tools and our riding gear.

    The water and other fluids were overkill for this trip but I originally had planned for something more adveturous and didn't change the packing.

    Glad you enjoyed it.

    IGTBY
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  9. ItsGotToBeYellow

    ItsGotToBeYellow IGTBY

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    Bloke at a servo in Wentworth corrected me (I did call it Medindie).
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  10. ClearwaterBMW

    ClearwaterBMW The Examiner

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    thanks for the reply
    i appreciate it
    happy you had a great time... WIND INCLUDED
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  11. crowe2815

    crowe2815 kenoath

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    Nice one. :clap. Mungo NP is a pretty interesting place to have a wander around in. Haven't been for years and never on two wheels. Now where is that ever growing "to do" list.
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  12. rabrd001

    rabrd001 Solo Adventurer

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    went to Mungo NP with a mate on the KLR a few years back.. great place.. good work doing it two up
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  13. rootsy

    rootsy Been here awhile

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    Beautiful scenery. The contrast between the fiery orange earth and the vivid blue sky never ceases to amaze me. Thanks for your report!
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  14. AZ Mark

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    Nice report, thanks for taking us along :clap
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