Following an awesome 2019, 7-day Goldfields and South Coast ride with my mate Bruce, we commenced planning a northern loop for Spring 2020 (well Bruce did most of the planning). Unfortunately, just a few weeks out, Bruce was hit by a car in a round-about – ruling him out for this trip (Bike was written off, but the rider repairable and will be back). Its mid-spring and getting warmer by the week, so delaying is not an option. I re-jigged the plan a little to include more dirt and remote attractions – the total now ~3000km, around 900km of dirt. I set off Saturday morning for York – first stop for coffee, cake and re-cinching the load. Patrick joined me for this leg on his Tiger – not keen on the amount of dirt in this ride (possibly something to do with breaking his leg on another dirt ride with me last year..) Historic town of York Coffee consumed, I set-off east, picking up a disused rail line to get off the tar for a bit. Unfortunately, too much sightseeing and not enough concentrating resulted in the first off for the trip. Off-camber and deep pea-gravel - not great on a heavily loaded (~380kg) adventure bike... I continue East to Muntadgin where its quite. Even the pub closed. Continuing east through farm-land back roads - all gravel now. My destination is Mount Palmer, on the road in - this red salt-flat catches my attention. Soon after I arrive at Mount Palmer. Built (recently) in 1935, the hotel featured 4 double and 22 single rooms – numerous parlours and a dinning room. Unfortunately, the gold mine closed in 1944 and the Hotel dismantled – supplying materials to the next region. The front arch, cellar and some rubble is all that remains.. Garmin maps shows a large number of streets that I explore - all that remains are kerosene drums, tobacco tins, bottles and building foundations. Nearby Cemetery I intended to explore some remnants of the original mine, but new operations have restricted access. The road out to the north was single track and a sandy in sections - no mishaps and an enjoyable ride to the highway for fuel. Re-fuelled, I head to the first overnight stop - Karalee Rocks Constructed in the the 1890's, the riveted steel Aqua-duct transported water from the Karalee Rock catchment area (some 70 hectares) to a storage dam for steam train and other use. I used the dam wall as some shelter from the prevailing strong easterly winds - no crowds here! Day 1 - 530km's - time for rest.