"Zig Zagging the Sth Aussie Tothill Ranges along a Dotted Line" - The Sequel

Discussion in 'Day Trippin'' started by masterbrewer, Mar 17, 2012.

  1. masterbrewer

    masterbrewer TDMster

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    This ride has been on the bucket list for several years now & after our rained out attempt in February 2012 where we were forced to change direction & head east to Morgan for drier tracks, my fourth attempt of this ride is finally becoming a reality despite more unseasonal midweek downpours in the clay soiled area.

    After "tweeking the route" due to recent heavy rain mid week, these are things you're unlikely to now see .................. :deal

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    My plan is to ride NW of Gawler, zig zagging up through Stockyard Creek & easterly to the Grasshopper Roadhouse in Tarlee to catch up with a couple of riders at 9am. Then north west towards Salter Springs, Port Henry Hotel historical site & Halbury over some more "interesting tracks" .

    With PeasantFarmer's generous offer of guidance from Halbury over some "TDM friendly" lesser known & private tracks en route to Hoyleton/Spring Gully, with a special tour of the old stone goods shed at Hoyleton, before heading into Sevenhill around 11.30am for brunch/lunch at The Little Red Grape Bakery adjacent the Sevenhill Pub.

    After lunch I will be refueling at the Caltex just north up the road towards Clare and heading east through Dodgey's "Cow Country" to the Tothill Ranges & zig zagging the gaps in the ranges in a southerly direction & past Stockport and back into Gawler.

    For you lot who have decided to follow me, your cornermen are gunna be busy :lol3

    ............................... and about 350+ kms under the belt, plus another 50+ for the southerners. :ricky
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  2. masterbrewer

    masterbrewer TDMster

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    Fine & 28C ........ the weatherman said ............................................ :clap

    Moving on 12 hours .........................................

    Mounted the mighty TDM at 6.30 am & returned home 8 pm some 440kms on the odometer accumulated under clear blue skies for a change ................................ yes! ..............yes! ...............yes! :wings

    BUT ........................... ????? ................................ we didn't get to zig zag the Tothill Ranges yet again :baldy

    However everyone seemed to enjoy the huge variety of tracks actually covered ................................. except one rider's machine :cry ......... well maybe two :D

    More exciting video action to come courtesy of Conman, emuoz, Claude ................................... :deal

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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=cP_NQPKZFjU

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  3. Aussie Trev

    Aussie Trev aka DRTrev

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    Well, the weather was fine - not a cloud in the sky as the 21 participants met in Gawler...

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    Note the attempt to convince everyone that the sun was out.....

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    Random shots along the trails.....

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    Suddenly a DR experiences slow release of air from the back tyre so shadow riding from this author was required and the odd stop for some compressor action beefore breaking away from the crowd and heading to Sevenhill to change over the tube.......with some help..

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  4. Aussie Trev

    Aussie Trev aka DRTrev

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    More random action.....

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  5. Aussie Trev

    Aussie Trev aka DRTrev

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    Some sort of delay at the bakery waiting for MB and crew when they turn up about 45 mins late towing a Husky. Seems it hit something and then wouldn't start. Ended up working out that they have some KTM parts in them, but it still wouldn't start. Ended up being carted off to Peasant Farmer's place for Paul B to pick up later....


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    Meanwhile MB goes missing but is found nearby.....

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    Husky gets a bed for a while......

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    While I load up on some free fuel at the farm.....

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    and Paul L and Paul B get better acqainted.......

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    End result is that the Husky's ignition has sh*t itself and once it was trailered home it was fixed pretty easily.

    Good day out guys.......thanks MB.
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  6. pops

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    :thumb This was worth the wait . :ear

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    Cheers Ian
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  7. Aussie Trev

    Aussie Trev aka DRTrev

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    And he did it justice Pops......again!!:huh
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  8. Desert Matt

    Desert Matt Been here awhile

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    While I can't contribute any photos, I can at least say it was a great ride. It started well with a good chat with pheasant farmer waiting for the crew, only to find out we missed the 'sandpit' and the first casualty. From there we got to explore some great roads west of Main North road. this bought us to Seven hill for the long lunch experience. Other than riding there is not much better to do than lounge around a bakery and pub watching sewing machine owners scratch their heads.
    After the long lunch a more streamlined team heads east to gallantly attempt to complete the quest to fall agonizing short of the promised ranges. A well recieved conciliation was a blast down Taylor's Run, where LC4nicator popped his ADV crash cherry discovering big bikes aren't as nimble as enduro bikes on off camber corners.
    All around a good way to spend a beautiful Autumn day with a top group of blokes. Thank MB and all the other behind the scenes guys, especially Chewy for living up to his name and chewing dust all day as sweep!
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  9. LC4nicator

    LC4nicator Certified Wino

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    Yep.......and not a DRTrev Camera in sight.:lol3
    Never mind though Trev.....didn't want you missing out so here's a snippet!
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  10. masterbrewer

    masterbrewer TDMster

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    It's never nice :p3rry :cry

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  11. KevS69

    KevS69 Been here awhile

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    Oh shit Mate, hope not too much damage to man or machine?
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  12. PeasantFarmer

    PeasantFarmer Been here awhile

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    Hmmm bummer.

    It looks like I might as well leave the trailer hooked up when these rides are held.

    It was my first outing with the Safari tank on and the added weight, along with my lack of talent, gave me a couple of moments today.

    Thanks MB & co. Good fun.

    I can throw in another loop of local roads and different paddocks another time if it suits.
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  13. Aussie Trev

    Aussie Trev aka DRTrev

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    Con.......WTF!!!!!!!!

    There we were talking about the pristine ADV bike and you turn it into a moto crosser as soon as my back's turned. Hope you're both okay....just in case the bike's got any scratches, here's what it looked like early yesterday....

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    Forgot to mention that not long into the ride yesterday, Con stops and checks his air pressures because the bike's not cruising the way he wants......very concerned he was.

    10 minutes later whilst I'm trying to guide the Tenere through some soft and long stretches of sand, and doing alright I thought, the 640 screams passed me with Con yahooing as he tore up the terrain........I guess it was always going to happen.
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  14. LC4nicator

    LC4nicator Certified Wino

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    I dunno Trev........I guess it's an Ariel thing.... Sand = Wide Open Throttle:evil

    Initially horrified at the sight of the orange beastie just lying there, wondering how much a new tank & light setup was going to cost.
    After (considerable effort) picking up & inspecting, just a couple of 2mm paint chips and that was it!:clap
    Tough buggers those Orange Austrians......Those crash bars were also a godsend....well done Hepco Becker!....plus, I do have friends in high places! HaHaha!

    It was the only time I let the sweep go past whilst I was filming and I was wringing the guts out of it to catch up to the pack.....gotta rethink my cornering strategy I guess.

    It'd be too easy to mention Husqvarna about now....sort of like shooting a cow in a paddock, fishin' for fish in a barrel....you know what I mean, and I wish to keep Stu as a friend so I'll abstain for now. HahaHa!.....HOWEVER!
    That comment about KTM parts needs a retort!.......something I noticed on the Swedish marque's flank once disrobed.:rofl:rofl:rofl
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    I've got a lot of footage to edit so will need some time....all I can say though is the train line crossing will be well worth the wait!:evil
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  15. barneyrubble

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    Big thanks:clap to MB and Co for a top ride. Great mix of terrain and landscape. Thouroughly enjoyed it. Looking forward to more of the same in the future.
    Also thanks to PeasantFarmer for access to your property and the additional trails.
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  16. masterbrewer

    masterbrewer TDMster

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    The day was finally looking a gem, bright blue skies & 25kph winds blowing to clear the dust :wings

    That is except when we rode down wind with it :huh & then all I can say is, thank god I learnt navigating in my youth :cromag, sorry guys.

    Feeling for the those behind, I was changing the planned route (on the run) as much as possible, consequently not too many actions shots as I wasn't thinking about my camera.

    After having previously tweeked the route 'coz of wet clay track concerns, it became evident that most had dried by the time we arrived, so another case of re-adding them as we go, with only the occasional damp sections.

    But one can't help this ....... a 6ft drop halted our progress near Salter Springs. The small bike riders were looking for a way to do a "Robbie Madison" but that's not the style for my 250kg +(without rider) baby.

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    A quick rethink had us back tracking and looping around the previously impassable clay topped Grannys Creek road & back on course

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    The bright & shiny, recently acquired LC4nicator's KTM 640 was starting to fly, as he was getting acquainted with his new baby, scaring the local wild life in the process with its backfiring into corners.

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    Is wasn't long before we reached the historic Port Henry Arms Hotel and waited for some riders who were apparantly changing the course :p3rry of the winding, climbing, dipping through creek beds, smooth & fast Wandels Rd :lol3

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    After regrouping, DRTrev & kano650 headed direct to Sevenhill to repair kano's slowly deflating rear tyre while PeasantFarmer generously took the lead for a tour of "his backyard", passing through paddocks & tracks of generations of his family's history, his farm, his parents farm & his grand parents property before arriving at the Hoyleton historic Goods Shed

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    An old dog has a long memory & I couldn't resist the opportunity placed before me for payback :evil on seeing 1WD had conveniently placed his bike next to a drying mud puddle, behind him in the above photo. :wings:rayof:poser (apologies to anyone else who copped a bit of mud too)

    After doing the touristy thing, we made the climb up through Spring Gully Conservation Pk to Sevenhill & lunch.

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    It was good to see KevS69's family involvement :clap

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    LC4nicator fanging it more & more as the day went on.

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    When I said it was going to be a long ride, I think arborsmarty (GS800) misunderstood and over prepared :D

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    Finally another TDM, all-be-it on smooth street tyres, was riding with us & was having a ball. :happay

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    Arriving somewhat late at The Little Red Grape Bakery in Sevenhill after trying to coax a stuborn husqvarna back to life after spearing into a hairpin bank on the downhill run from Spring Gully after it started spluttering low on fuel as Paul was entering the hairpin. We eventually had to throw in the towel & tow him into town.

    There appeared to be a "high noon" standoff (well actually high 2pm I think :lol3 ) for the remaining pie in the bakery, and knowing Trev's famous bakery reputation, he was determined & brought reinforcements :gun1

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    While everyone took turns to rack their brains for Husqvarna, a few needed to replenish some cells next door

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    With the Tothill's now outa reach time wise, some headed home on the black top while a few, still adventurous soles followed me south east on dirt

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    and on to the final sections of fast winding Taylors Run Rd (where the KTM was christened) :cry

    From there a few more dotted line tracks on the map had us again climbing mountains & riding sand finishing on fast open roads back into Gawler for a thirst quencher & the dash down the expressway back to the big smoke & home.

    Great, but long day over all kinds of terrain & great to meet new riders.

    Talk about a Tenere get together, they actually out numbered KTMs. :lol3

    Special thanks to chewy52 for sweeping :thumb

    Cheers
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  17. PBee

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    Looks like a great day woz had:clap

    I was going to head out & meet you lot at the lunch stop but First the Shutter of Gates pulled the pin & then Fongy couldn't start his HONDA.

    So I just went for a ride thru the hills only to be accosted by R1 Sqibs on Gorge Road, waiting on the side of the road until I went past & then flying past me at 130k+ as close as possible & then stopping 1.5k up the road looking and laughing at me.
    I would loved to have stopped & told them how impressed I was with their skills.:csm

    Looking forward to more pickys.
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  18. Aussie Trev

    Aussie Trev aka DRTrev

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    The sad part was having to leave the pub to get home!! Maybe next time we finish the ride at the bakery (very nice too) adjourn to the pub for 10 beers and then sleep at the B&B across the road - it takes quite a few people. Then we can do it all again on the way back home...........:evil
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  19. PB49

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    Many thanks MB for another great ride

    $75.00 dollars for the new ignition switch and we should be up and running again :eek1 it took all of 10 mins once I got it in the garage and she was running again, fingers crossed Flinders is still looking good :freaky

    Cheers
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  20. emuooz

    emuooz Emu

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    Well here's a bit of the footage of the day nothing flashy like 1WDs Steven Speilbergs epics but at least the bloody

    thing worked this time.And hopefully I didn't upset anyone with my poor riding etiquette which I have been working on !!

    Thanks to all for a great day Emu:D <iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/-tb9bDRvezY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

    PS. Paul that bike probley fired straight up because of that litre of KTM fuel you tipped in.:rofl
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