Where on Earth is Widgiemooltha?

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  1. makad

    makad P/T Shed Dwelling Hermit

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    Good question.
    Thats Wid Gee Mool Thar in the local "Strine" dialect 'round here.
    Also the location of the largest gold nugget (1235 oz) discovered in the Western Australian Goldfields in 1931. Read more of The Golden Eagle Nugget history here.
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    Its commemorated in one of a series of fairly collectable coins issued by the Perth Mint in 1987. This should stir some salivating in those gold bugs out there....
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    Its also the destination for a nice 5 day, 1600km ride about for LGDH and makad. Nothing too taxing but some points of interest along the way
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    makad
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    Theres lots of little gold mines out in the bush through there, but all the easy stuffs been found. There is still a little bit of gold to be found out there for the hungry adventurer at the Widgiemooltha Roadhouse - The Widgie Burger!
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    ....to be continued :norton
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  2. makad

    makad P/T Shed Dwelling Hermit

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    So, now to the route.
    Day 1 leaving home - Me from "The Shed", LGDH from outskirts of Perth - meeting at Karlgarin, overnight @ Tressies
    Day 2, as much as possible of The Holland Track
    Day 3 Finish "the Track", check out Cave Hill and try and get to Widgiemooltha for lunch and feast on the now world famous "Widgie-burger"! Find somewhere to Camp hopefully make it to Peak Charles.
    Day 4 Back track from Peak Charles to a clearing sale @ Varley, and check out the gear at a farm where the banks have forclosed on a guy who is into them for $50million :huh.....try and get to Lake Grace for a shower and BEERS :freaky
    Day 5 Back home going our separate ways on roads ive never been down.
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    So here we go.
    My little champ is the WR250R - just the same setup as when we did Holland Track & Lake Ballard - West Australia
    last year. Packed and ready to go - a great little platform for this run.
    Everyone else was away at work or school - so it was only old Reggie boy there to wish me well on this little ride about.
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    Heading that way!
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    Up again into the Range
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    Through the forrest
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    Out into the farmlands
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    On that same farm land - a brand new shiny 10.5km bauxite ore conveyor. This is one section that will take ore overland to an Alumina Refinery which is 70km away from here
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    There i was minding my own business out the back of the bush, when i came across THIS :huh
    So i was thinking yeah, thats pretty WTF until i pulled up and saw what the local rednecks had it facing
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    MAN! :eek1 - i knew that i was out in banjo country - but had this marked the point at where the drums started?? Thats some bad juju right there. Note: this was NOT staged - there is no way i would touch that stinking thing..
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    After that i came across the water pipeline that i would follow to the end. There are several that provide for the large towns that spread out from the hills inland through the Wheatbelt. As i head inland it gets smaller and smaller.....
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    Beautiful Salmon Gums
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    With the rain that was coming, looks like someones gearing up to get started on this years crop!
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    I really hope these guys get the rain they need - when they need it!
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    Yee haw!! :clap
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    Pipes getting smaller
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    ....and smaller
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    I had a wierd mental image of this pipeline ending with a leaky tap on the end - dripping into a dogs bowl and some mutt like old Reggie Boy lapping away at it.
    Clearly Id been on the road too long and it was time to park up at Tressies. LGDH had just pulled in and was unpacking. Time to head down to the Karlgarin Club and have a nice country meal and a few beers. Its been a good day.
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    to be continued.....:norton
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  3. RobBD

    RobBD Been here awhile

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    Gotta love those Salmon gums! Great photos - looking forward to more:clap:clap
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  4. sandgroper

    sandgroper Long timer

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    Nice dog, enjoyed the pictures. Thank you
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  5. cul8rr

    cul8rr busa no more

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    Got me in...
    It's good to see some local trip reports.
    Looking forward to more
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  6. David13

    David13 Been here awhile

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    I can't do it now, but I will have to look this over closely at another time.
    You didn't really fool me for a minute with your title, tho'. The first thing I thought was Australia, but then to be on the safe side, I added, maybe South Africa.
    These are definitely some fine photos, and dramatic photos, as well.
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  7. makad

    makad P/T Shed Dwelling Hermit

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    Thanks for the comments fella's
    On on...:D
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  8. makad

    makad P/T Shed Dwelling Hermit

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    Day 2
    Pretty cosy sleep @ Tressies - sort of like being at work - waking up in a donga. But packed up and ready to go with last minute fuel and stuff at Hyden
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    At the Hyden start of the Holland Track.
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    The sign on the left says that they would be conducting planned aerial burning and a phone no. to call. Since it was a Saturday of course no one at a Govt. Dept. was picking up the phone so, we figured that they wouldnt be trying to napalm us on a weekend either.
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    It seems we timed a Track run with regard to the weather pretty well. Nice cloud cover, not too hot during the day and not too cold at night.
    LGDH had the GoPro set for 30sec shots and caught a few good'ns - theyre mixed in with stills from my Canon
    Road Right = Easy , Track Left = not so easy ....but more fun!
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    The sand at the start was still as hungry as ever.
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    .....the solution
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    back on...on...
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    Thankfully most of the rain that came thru during the early part of the year had dried up
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    Mostly it was just cruizy cruising - with really variable landscapes.
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    Past Mt Holland and the Gold Mine nearby
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    Made it to the Cache in good time
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    It seems we were the only ones out here. The week before there was an entry from The BMW Motorrad Club, Moscow.:wave That was a spinout but then again, its a small world.
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    Now a big highlight for me when coming through in Oct. 2011 was the Gnome Playground set-up a few kays down the road from here.
    Old photo from that trip
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    When we got to the spot, it seemed that the little guys had packed up and moved on.
    At least thats what i would like to think, rather than some killjoy wowsers deciding to clean it up to maintain the "purity" of the Holland Track experience.
    It was a real shame As LGDH & I had bought along a couple of little mates for some new company for them. So, instead we abandoned our little guys along there to give some weary traveller a little lift along in an otherwise gruelling day.
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    To be honest. It was a relief to get rid of that little bugger. Took way too much space up and had a bit of a bad attitude. I should have known better - the sleeve tat , bloodshot eyes and the pisshead nose were a BIG giveaway.
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    True to the nature of our trip - LG bought along a very well behaved Miner and we all know that Miners, even minor Miners are all very nice people. I hope he strikes it lucky out here. I think he's going to have a few issues with the other joker though.
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    Good riddence - bloody stowaways!
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    So we carried on until we were about beat for the day. Found a good camp with about 40km left of the track to go - got out the Port, had a few - made camp - relaxed with food and a fire. Its been another good day
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    ....to be continued :norton
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  9. LGDH

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    Excellent ride report so far Makad:D Thanks and some really good photos.

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  10. DrunkWombat

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    Bravo Sir! Those Tatonka bags are indeed good, particularly for the price!

    Awaiting next chapter eagerly.

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  11. purpledrake

    purpledrake No Pretensions

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    Great ride report--beautiful sand and (dry) clay. Hmmm. Ozark Oz don't much care for foxes? Not sure I get the part about the graveyard, however.
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  12. AlexGSGreece

    AlexGSGreece Adventurer

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    nice pics and great report!!

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  13. L.B.S.

    L.B.S. Long timer

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    Awesome RR thanks for sharing! :D
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  14. makad

    makad P/T Shed Dwelling Hermit

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    I dont think LGDH would agree with you about sand being beautiful.
    ....and as far as that fox goes, well that sure was a WTF moment. I was unaware of any voodoo / animist practices going on out there up until then :huh. Oh well, Learn something new every day.
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  15. makad

    makad P/T Shed Dwelling Hermit

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    Day 3
    Pretty good night but a nice little sprinkling of rain was enough to keep the dust on our trails under control for the best part of the day.
    De-camping from Holland Tk "Good Camp".
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    A very pleasant 40 or so kays and then the end of the Track.
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    If you really love something, its not wrong to give it a hug is it?
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    Next it was off down sweet fast & clear tracks to Cave Hill
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    This is Cave Hill....cave
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    We came from out there, somewhere....
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    Cave Hill is pretty cool - but we couldnt stick around and it was getting close to lunch time and we had a date with a Burger.
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    It was good to get off the bikes, get water and have a relax at the Widgiemooltha Roadhouse. Interesting place and currently very much FOR SALE
    Time to sample the Lunch time menu. Widgie Burger and mega-salty chips
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    It did the job - is it worthy of its world famous status - no, not really.
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    Lunch over - time to do some tarmac to get fuel in Norseman (pumps out of service at Widgie)
    Big Trucker
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    Salt Lakes aplenty out there - this one is Lake Cowan
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    Yay! :clap Gravel again. The track to Peak Charles.
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    Literally in the absolute middle of nowhere. Flat, flat, flat, flat, BUMP, flat, flat, flat, flat,.....
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    Peak Charles. elev. 651m (just for you HR)
    With the daylight failing we sped like crazy to get to the camping spot out of the wind and set up. We didnt climb it either. Its too hard to get a bike up there.
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    End of another good day. Time to get out the port and have some dinner.

    ...to be continued :norton
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  16. HillsRooster

    HillsRooster Freak on a leash

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    Awesome ride report Makad,

    I found the topographical reference to Peak Charles most insightful.

    Peak charles shares the same height above sea level as:

    Peshkopi, Albania
    Verkhnye Vyostske, Carpathian Mountains Ukraine
    Tirol, Insbruk Austria

    Could there be a future ride plan to visit the 3 places on this planet that share the same RL as Peak Charles ???

    I'm in if there is !

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  17. makad

    makad P/T Shed Dwelling Hermit

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    This is a very interesting scenario that you have proposed there Mr Rooster.
    The route proposed would be going through some very fine and interesting country no doubt. Worthy of a Ride Report indeed.
    However it falls down when put under scrutiny - given that it would require a lifetime of leave passes to be issued by our respective spouses for it to go ahead, and realistically, thats just never going to happen. :deal
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    Normal programming will resume as soon as possible......:norton
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  18. makad

    makad P/T Shed Dwelling Hermit

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    Day 4
    Another good camp a little way up on Peak Charles. This place is a little hidden secret. I was told about it years ago by Aky525 and kept it in mind as a destination for the future. Really glad we came.
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    On the way out i saw this giant colourful bug - never seen anything like this guy - fearless too.
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    Just for fun, we decided to take a track that left on the southern side of the Peak - strictly 4WD's or 2 wheels if youve got 'em. Those clouds are looking ominous.
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    We're not lost....we're on an Adventure
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    Sure enough, the bit of rain this area had overnight that was keeping the dust down and making the riding sweet was back and getting stronger. Dryrider or not - it was going to be a wet day.
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    You will see from the map route at the start of this thread a straight line at the southern side of the peak. This is no exaggeration. Someone at one stage got in a bulldozer, put the blade down, and drove 50km in a straight line through this bush.
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    It was stright and at times a bit sketchy too - the only way go it seemed was to sit on the Tatonka and hold it pinned!
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    Shall we take the gravel or carry on with the dirt?
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    .....there's your answer
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    When we ran out of dirt it was time to get back to Lake King via Cascades Rd. Good gravel - and fast.
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    It was a really fun mornings ride - except the part about getting wet and dry twice, but we make it to Lake King and the sun was out. Coffee and Fuel and then off to check out this monster clearing sale pre-sale inspection of gear.
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    Word around the area was the Farmer was into the banks for $40-50million and they were clearing him out. Lots of gear out; from the ad's i wanted to check out the 4wd's but they were ALL wrecks. I didnt bother going to the sale.
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    So, a pleasant afternoon ride along the gravel from Varley to Lake Grace. My sister did some student work at the "Bins" here in the 80's
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    Another good day. Off to the Lake Grace pub for a shower, meal, meet some locals and have and some beers
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    to be continued......:norton
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  19. makad

    makad P/T Shed Dwelling Hermit

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    Day 5
    Woke up feeling pretty good, not on a Thermarest. Not a bad place to flop at the Lake Grace pub. An entertaining evening shared with the local and itinerant nut cases out there.
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    From here LGDH went his way back to his home - I went my way. Sort of felt like the horse that knows he's on his way back and didnt stop for anything much. Just wanted to be home, hopefully in time for lunch with my Sweetie :evil
    Still it was a good 4hrs on slab before i met back up with the pipeline again.
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    Thank you my little champ - WR250R - when you absolutely, positively, have go bush and make it back without any fuss what so ever. Lets hug it out champ :D
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    So here's the sum total for the trip for LGDH on the big old DR650
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    ...and mine.
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    Well that was a real nice run. Some real neat country traversed done well.
    Thanks for looking! :clap
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  20. DrunkWombat

    DrunkWombat GS and Proud

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    Great stuff Matt!
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