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

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by masterbrewer, Feb 4, 2012.

  1. masterbrewer

    masterbrewer TDMster

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    Well, when we started out in unusually pouring rain for a summer ride ............................................... I couldn't find one damn Dot in all the mud, clay & slush on any tracks :cromag

    So we changed tactics & DRTrev & BernieS guided us east towards Morgan & believe it or not, into a dust bowl :huh and strong 40kph cross winds.

    Yet another Tothill Ranges ride deferred. :cry
    The closest we got to the Tothill Ranges was the Totness Pub :freaky

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  2. masterbrewer

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    BernieS led the wet way outa Gawler with clear instructions to avoid any clay/mud/water or the like :deal

    However a final shortcut, used many a time in the past, was all clay & wasn't long before anyone with a low guard was stopped in their tracks, especially DaveP (BMW) & myself. :ddog

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    Clearing the debris from under the front guards we were soon on our way & over the ranges into Eudunda struggling with 40kph+ cross winds which made cornering challenging.:eek1

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    After such a wet start, morning tea was in the believe it or not, dust bowl of the Eudunda servo

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    Heading east along the stock route we were ever conscious of the wombat hazzads

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    1WD leaving his avoiding tactics rather late :eek1

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    DaveP just pole vaulted straight over without any hesitation, sending timber splinters in the cameraman's direction :ddog

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    We later realised that the first wombat hole paled into insignificance with this underground bike park entrance :eek1

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    Regrouping to compare escapes :huh

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  3. masterbrewer

    masterbrewer TDMster

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    After clearing the wombat minefield we could relax for a while high tailing towards Morgan after someone mentioned lunch :dg

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    A brisk pace had to be maintained to avoid being caught by your own dust :huh

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    Kissin' cousins :lol3

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    Did someone mentioned a beer & food? :clap .............................. "I hope they take a senior's card" :D

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    Final regroup before the dash home.

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    Anyone else with photos, stories etc, please feel free to add.

    After such a dismal start, the day was well worth the effort, thanks for the company guys :clap

    Great ride ............. great mates.

    Special thanks to Sundowner for Sweeping :thumb

    Cheers
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  4. Aussie Trev

    Aussie Trev aka DRTrev

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    Well done MB, here's my additions.....


    Firstly, the rain was persistent around 0800 and thoughts of the clay up around Clare caused us to reconsider our day. Bernie promised that he could get us to Eudunda without mud, so we laid our faith in him.

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    The roads were slightly wet....

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    As MB stated, Bernie picked the wrong track and caused some of the lower front fender guys some trouble...... (it was raining during the photoshoot)

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    The sun started to break through and by the time we made it to Eudunda, you wouldn't have kown it had been raining.

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  5. Aussie Trev

    Aussie Trev aka DRTrev

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    Made it down to Mallee Rd and the boys let loose. Big Jim on his XR650R made a mockery of the tricky track and I think he might have just sailed over any wombat holes....of which there were many and deep too.

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    Everyone else had a ball on that one...

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  6. PeasantFarmer

    PeasantFarmer Been here awhile

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    Good stuff.

    Next time perhaps.
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  7. Aussie Trev

    Aussie Trev aka DRTrev

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    Morgan for lunch and the pub did alright......

    time to dry out some bits and pieces.....


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    After lunch was a sprint back to Eudunda but MB and some of the crew took a left to take in some other sights...

    The rest of us headed along the straighest possible way back.....

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    Then 1WD starts to tell us about the giant kangaroo, dressed in a black oil skin which jumped out of a tree and tried to eat him.....how big was it Aaron??

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    Quick diversion to a little ole track out from Nuri and Big Jim was at it....

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    What started out as a crap day ended up being one of the best....enjoyed everyone's company again....

    Thanks to Sundowner for being sweep all day (will catch up for the fluro jacket Rich) and a couple of new riders with us who seemed to have a ball.

    cheers all.....
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  8. kipo

    kipo South Australian Tiger Resistance Group

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    Great report MB as always. What's going on with the Big Fella in this picture? Having a heart attack or reaching for his wallet or both at the same time because it's his shout. :lol3
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  9. Aussie Trev

    Aussie Trev aka DRTrev

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    Neither, just saw a photo opportunity, but her boyfriend was watching me!!!!:D
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  10. Arek Kontrol

    Arek Kontrol Been here awhile

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    Hmm - did I miss the call or e-mail about riding today? :lol3


    MB , thanks again for next great adventure report. :clap
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  11. LC4nicator

    LC4nicator Certified Wino

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    Well done fellas on the pics & report.
    Good to see the day turned out well, weather wise & injury free.
    Mud & Low guards has me a bit worried for the future though!
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  12. icebergstu

    icebergstu Husqvarna Tragic

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    Great Pix and looks like a fantastic ride.

    Con and I will be joining you a lot more soon. (dunno if thats a good or bad thing...)

    Stu
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  13. TerryK

    TerryK Ulysses

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    Good report MB & Trev, gee big Jim makes that XR650 look like a 200

    Cheers Terry
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  14. Aussie Trev

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    Looking forward to it Con/Stu....Con - high guard is a must.

    Big Jim is 6'7" and 140 kgs Tel, he makes any bike look like a postie....and rides like the wind in all conditions...both trail and road.

    We're getting smarter and building up a fair knowledge of which areas and roads are still rideable after heavy rain...I think this track provides great options in adverse conditions.:wink:

    PS. I also think that this Tenere and I are getting along quite nicely..:clap
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  15. Sol Erzenberg

    Sol Erzenberg Lost somewhere

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    Great report fellas, looked like you all had a top day out regardless of the conditions at the start of the day.

    Wished I could have joined you as I really wanted to try out my new Dunlop D908RR rear tyre on some tracks, however was still busy working on our investment property..:(:

    Catch you on the next ride for sure.

    Cheers, Sol..:thumb
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  16. PB49

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    Thanks guys for another great ride had a ball once again, a good mixture of tracks and riders alike had a ball:D
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  17. masterbrewer

    masterbrewer TDMster

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    He's riding it like the wind & lookin' comfortable too :pynd

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    you'll be welcome :wave

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  18. PBee

    PBee owya goin mate

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    Ahhh the life of a retiree, the worried look on his dial..... "Wot time will I get out of bed tomorrow" :lol3
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  19. masterbrewer

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    "Bloody flea bitten dog slept on my jacket again" :D

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  20. Sundowner

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    Enjoyed being sweep yesterday, thanks MB/Trev.
    Here's a few photo's from the day.

    The mud trap road - front wheel on the big GS locking up every 10 to 20 metres. Step 1 - find stick.

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    Step 2 - Dig low front guard clean.

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    Along the way, we rode past this amazing collection of early model vehicles. This is just one side of the property. :huh

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    Amazing, huh?
    As you can see, the rain chased us all morning, as it was travelling in the same general direction as us. The strong following wind caused bike cooling issues as well, as our forward speed generally matched, causing an almost complete lack of cooling effect across radiator and engine fins. This was particularly noticeable while doing the single track trail along the Morgan stock route.
    Here's the group gathered just before the start of the stock route.

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    Great riding with everyone and getting to meet some old and new mates. :freaky
    The final stop at the home of the Totness Monster (the Totness Hotel), was a great way to finish the day (other than a fang through the Gorge Road). Cheers guys! :clap
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