I thought it was time to give the DR a shakedown in sand prior to the APC Rally in July. Now it must be said that sand riding doesn't faze me, having lived near the little desert and big desert in Western Victoria most of my life. So the thought of punting thru some dunes on a well loaded DR wasn't too big a deal. There have been a few posts by inmates with, let's say, trepidations about the soft stuff, and a few others have come to grief (eh xr?) to various degrees, but hey, it's soft to land on???? isn't it? So, here's a sample of what's in store if you decide to take on the "scenic route" along the beach tracks from Robe to Beachport in SA, its about 60 km, took me 2 1/2 hours with many stops to admire the fantastic coastal scenery. With some judicious tyre pressure reductions to get some sidewall baggyness and a modest, "appropriate" amount of speed, she'll be right..and mobile service for Telstra works on the top of most sand dunes. That's also where you've gotta beware of Rampaging Troopy's with a bullbar cresting the rise from the other way. The route.. Well fed and loaded ready to go... 10 minutes later after a fuel up in Robe, it was on.. Looking back, first sandhill, easy...let's find some more Then it got rocky, careful with lo tyre pressure not to get a pinch flat.. Nice berms, if I was on the WR! The tracks drop out onto the coast for views like this So far it's been dead easy going, good firm packed sand A bit of a dune, chopped up by 4WDs A descent onto a beach; a bit steep and soft. Before.... And after ..down was a bit scarier than up; note the few big foot dabs Just cruising along deserted beaches Big woops more woops.. Ripped along another beach, up a softish dune to a handy vantage point 3 Kilo Bay (crays)- Chicken track to the left..sign sez caution- very, very soft, deep, sand. Not joking either. Found Nigel the bear hunter's other thong, before dropping onto another beach.. Parks n Sparks mudmap of the tracks Oh Yeah? Despite the hostile looking sign the Nora Creina locals aren't a bad lot in an Addams family sorta way, though it's just a weeny bit creepy...thats the only way back to the beach tracks. Well, well, who'd be out skinny dipping in that antarctic temperature ocean? Huge dunes to play on out here Critter tracks on this doozy of a dune, too soft and too steep for the DR, so I found another way round pan right, still more sand.. Then, back to terra more firma and head for a pie & coffee in Beachport beachport park map So, the DR went ok in the soft stuff. A bit of a handful sometimes, a bit scary othertimes. Treated well it's usually no dramas. SWMBO? Yep.