Dorothea Mackellar wrote in her poem ‘My Country’; "I love a sunburnt country A land of sweeping plains, Of ragged mountain ranges, Of droughts and flooding rains." Well many parts of Australia are currently gripped by drought. This year’s ride with my brother in-law Big Steve, was to visit the Flinders Ranges in South Australia. We ride into the big dry. First a rough plan of which dates that would suit. @BergDonk posted that the TK memorial ride would be to the Silverton Pub on the 18th of Aug, well that was on the way and the timing was perfect. We decided on a rough route that see us meet up a Chinchilla, follow the Darling river south west to Tilpa, over to Whitecliffs, across to Broken Hill then out to Silverton. From Silverton we’d ride down to the Finders, have a look around then ride up the Strzelecki track to Innamincka then home. Originally we had planned a two week ride, however I decided that I was a bit over working so, I quit and all of a sudden I didn’t have any firm date to be back, you beauty! However, things didn’t end up going to plan… Prep. This year I decided to try a few different things, ditch the Swag for a Bivy plus Hiker Fly and bring my Mavic Pro Drone in a hard case. Bike prep was straight forward, oil and coolant change, check valve clearances, Midas E-07 rear and Continental TKC-80 front with new HD tubes. Also splashed out and purchased an AGV AX-8 EVO helmet, noice! All the valves were in spec! I did have to replace a bearing in the rear sprocket carrier. All done, just a few trials with packing the gear, then the culling process!