When Too Much Sand is Never Enough

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by bigredroosta, Apr 17, 2012.

  1. bigredroosta

    bigredroosta Long timer

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    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..
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    Well fed and loaded ready to go...
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    10 minutes later after a fuel up in Robe, it was on..
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    Looking back, first sandhill, easy...let's find some more
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    Then it got rocky, careful with lo tyre pressure not to get a pinch flat..
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    Nice berms, if I was on the WR!
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    The tracks drop out onto the coast for views like this
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    So far it's been dead easy going, good firm packed sand
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    A bit of a dune, chopped up by 4WDs
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    A descent onto a beach; a bit steep and soft. Before....
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    And after ..down was a bit scarier than up; note the few big foot dabs
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    Just cruising along deserted beaches
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    Big woops
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    more woops..
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    Ripped along another beach, up a softish dune to a handy vantage point

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    3 Kilo Bay (crays)-
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    Chicken track to the left..sign sez caution- very, very soft, deep, sand. Not joking either.
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    Found Nigel the bear hunter's other thong, before dropping onto another beach..
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    Parks n Sparks mudmap of the tracks
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    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.
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    Well, well, who'd be out skinny dipping in that antarctic temperature ocean?
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    Huge dunes to play on out here
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    Critter tracks on this doozy of a dune, too soft and too steep for the DR, so I found another way round
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    pan right, still more sand..
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    Then, back to terra more firma and head for a pie & coffee in Beachport
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    beachport park map
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    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.
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  2. Russ

    Russ Super Moderator Super Moderator

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    Good stuff great pics.:clap
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    Thank's for the RR and great pictures, what a beautiful piece of coast you have there. :clap
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  4. Aargee

    Aargee Been here awhile

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    Superb!!! 2 weeks ago I had a similar experience & I forgot to reduce the tire pressure as its difficult to find Nitrogen to fill back. Had a little tough time initially, but then learned eventually. I can share the pics if you don't mind, but not as interesting as yours though.
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    OMG that looks freaking amaziiiiing!
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    theMISSIONARY hunting and riding!!

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    cool SA actually has some thing interesting for a change(i lived over there for four years):rofl
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  7. ata

    ata expat in the jungle

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    yep

    amazing ride

    :beer
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  8. pugsley

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    Looks like good fun!
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    Appreciate you taking the time to post these.

    Looks like a great trip! Boneman :freaky
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  10. bigredroosta

    bigredroosta Long timer

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    Thanks for that Argee, its a good part of the world. Would be keen to see your pics too.
    But nitrogen in your tyres , how trick is that?:evil
    I thought normal air was about 80% N anyway.
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  11. bigredroosta

    bigredroosta Long timer

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    thanks for all your encouraging comments, it took me ages, and at one stage the bloody computer faked a hissy, threatening to lose all my 3hrs work, but it came back from the dead somehow and was all still there.
    cheers:1drink
    BRR
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    rhino_adv Gnarly Adventurer

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    Dude, thats AWESOME!! Thanks for shareing!

    Brad
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  13. Wilmo

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    Nice report! Great pics.
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  14. bigredroosta

    bigredroosta Long timer

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    Cheers for that Wilmo, I couldn't believe that the pics turned out so clear off my phone, its a Motorola Defy, with a pissy little lens in it.
    Thanks
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  15. Eocnelg

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    Give us a yell if you're heading that way again and don't mind a beginner tagging along. Show me how the pros do it, be a fun way to go to the shack that's for sure.

    How was stinky bay? All piled up with weeds? I've been there when the piles are as tall as I am, wouldn't want to ride a bike through it, I'd never get the smell out! And Sunland? I saw my first leather skinned retiree couple early this year there, I'm SO glad the male was facing away from us, the back was nightmare inducing enough!

    If you had people from a 'certain' state who don't know how to 4wd tearing up your nice beaches every public holiday you'd be a bit hostile too :lol3 Did you have a look at the main bay? It really is stunning. I love it at night when you can see thousands of fish up to the shoreline jumping and splashing about.

    The "No motorbikes" sign is there because no-names-mentioned's idiot son killed a bloke on a bike with his car.

    Sorry for all the questions, haven't been up there in months and I'm getting the bug to go back.
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  16. bigredroosta

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    Its no place for a beginner on a bike in that sand , sounds like you must like it there too, how do the locals put up with the smell? Fly blown maggotty seaweed in that bay.. :puke1 ..never seen it anywhere else and don't want to.
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  17. Eocnelg

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    My fellas family have a shack at Nora, we do trips up from Carpenter Rocks in the cars and it'd be fun to follow on a bike rather than in the car all the time. Gotta learn sometime.

    No one gets used to stinky, some nights when the wind is bad and you can smell it at the shacks. Disgusting, thankfully it doesn't come inside, not while I've been there anyway. Sometimes shark and ray eggs wash up with the weeds and they look like used condoms :rofl
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    bend27 by hook or by crook

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    Great RR and great pics. Thanks for posting!
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  19. bigredroosta

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    Aah, I see. Have you been for another look at Stocky's Dr250 yet Amber? Such low K's, and an ideal size bike to learn on, especially on those beach tracks
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  20. bigredroosta

    bigredroosta Long timer

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    No worries, now I've done one the next "should" be easier.
    BRR
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