Canning Stock Route- Bring your A Game

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  1. Old Betsy

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    Canning Stock Route – Australia " Bring your A-Game "
    Part 1. Is about the trip to the start of the CSR at Billiluna.
    Words in red is what JP added
    Part 2. Is the CSR ride report. Link Below.
    The planning started many months ago. With JP, Bowe & Anthony doing most of the planning as I was working away for the entire time (so essentially did jack shit as usual). Also needed for the trip was a support vehicle which came thru Vince. (from Dandi ) With all the planning done we were waiting for the start pistol to set off. 1 week before start, Vince and a kangaroo had a meeting with both parties fairing the worst, it was a busy week for Anthony and Vince getting the Ute fixed.
    The plan was for Bowe ( X-Challenge) & JP (X-Challenge) to head off on Thursday and head towards Newman and get up the road and I (Mike, F800gs) was to head off on Friday morning and catch the boys up and camp in Newman Friday. Anthony ( XR 600 ) and Vince ( Ford Courier ) would meet us on Monday in Broome.
    Bowe went and picked JP up from his place, and that is when it went pear shape for Bowe. He had problems with his dash. So that was the end for Bowe. JP and I meet on Friday morning at Gingers Roadhouse for breakfast.
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    This is where we meet Donkey or Donks for short.
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    Robin also meet us to escort us out of town. From there JP & I headed towards Newman on the stuff called bitumen.
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    We travel 838km that day, so didn’t make Newman.
    Next day we travelled up Marble Bar Road to Nullagine, more bitumen.
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    But I guess it serves a purpose to get people to the real stuff known as gravel and dirt.
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    From here we went along Skull Springs (aka Duggery) Road.
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    Would have to be one of the most scenic roads I have travelled along and I have JP to thank for that.
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    Went to a great spot call Running Waters where we had a swim or a wash.
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    Then onto another great spot Carawine George.
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    It was here that I got awarded the Donkey again for exposing way too much flesh
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    Again I have JP to thank for taking me to Carrawine Gorge.
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    From there we headed north to Warrawagine Road. It was here I had to make a phone call via Sat Phone to the Motorcycle shop to let then know we were running late, so wouldn't make it to Broome for Monday morning. Scenery was the delaying factor. It was fantastic.
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    Then up thru Shay Gap onto Boreline Road to the Great Northern Hwy, bitumen again to Broome.
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    Broome saw us arrive Monday night, also Anthony and Vince arrived as well.
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    Got the donkey again for not displaying my caravan park rego.
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    Tuesday morning saw us at the Motorcycle Shop for new tyres for JP & Mikes Bike. Also saw us doing some other maintenance issues that came up.
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    The Motorcycle shop was just fantastic with letting us use their workshop and tools, so THANKS VERY MUCH to them.
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    We headed to Cable Beach for some breakfast come lunch.
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    From there we headed towards Halls Creek.
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    Where we would off load Anthonys bike off the ute so he could start his trip on the bike from Halls Creek.
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    With some lunch and meeting some of the locals.
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    We headed back up the road to the Tanami Rd towards Billiluna for fuel.
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    Got the donkey again for buying Italian sausage even though JP had already done so.

    <o:p>Part 2. CSR part Soon</o:p>
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  2. 59DEN

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    Look forward to your ride report, great photos so far, Cheers
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  3. Chats

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    Nice one Mike. Awesome pics.
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  4. Old Betsy

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    From Halls creek we headed towards Billiluna really we were heading to Wiluna 1850km away.
    I need to explain about Donks. If you stuffed up, and it was voted on you would have to carry Donks until someone else stuffs up. I, myself considered this like an immunity. I could stuff up as much as I like then. Crashes did not count as a Donks award.
    I (Mike F800GS ) was attempting to do it unsupported carrying all my fuel ,food and supplies.
    While the others had their gear on Vince&#8217;s Ute.
    This sign which is at the start of the Tanami Rd gave me a good laugh. Little did I know that included riding as well because we were about to entry the devils den.
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    We only made 76km from Halls Creek before making Camp.
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    Saw a termite mound. Better get a photo might not see another. Oops sorry, only saw another 6 million of them. Hit about 1 million of them with my feet.
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    Time to head off. JP look there is a road train coming.
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    Into Wolfe Creek Crater. Well worth the ride in if you are passing.
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    Need to tell a small story here. About 10days along the track we meet some Chinese Tourist coming the other direction. They asked what was good to see along the way ,so I said Wolfe Creek Crater. There reply to that was &#8220; we&#8217;ll have to leave somebody with the vehicles because we have seen the movie&#8221;
    Lets carry on with the real story.

    Onto Bulliluna to Fuel up.
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    My bike now had 63litres of Fuel and 20litres of water and dehyradrated food for the entire trip. Then onto the CSR. We managed to do 60km of the CSR that afternoon. Lots of corrugations. Some dined in style, while I had dehyrad. food.
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    Next day. Onto our first well.
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    Very tough going, everyone stuffed by lunchtime. I had 3 big crashes today. Stuffed my elbow, I have no strength in my left arm. Basically riding one handed at the moment,stuffed arm is just resting on handle bar.
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    Lots of Deep sand, more corrugations and great scenery again.
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    Everybody Stuffed.Bowe rang, thanks to Satellite phone. His bike is fixed and will join us in 4 Days.
    Managed to put the fuel bladder into tank today, so lost some weight of the back which helps with the handling.
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    Lots of sand dunes, with some crashes.
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    This next photo might explain as to how I stuffed my ankle.
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    So now I&#8217;m riding with a stuffed arm and ankle. What an adventure. The termite mounds are right next to track. So look out.
    For the people who know Donald here is the proof.
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    Are you out of fuel JP.

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    Come on JP you can make it.
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    Tobin Lake.
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    Well 38. Was very nice with the caves.
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    Well if you ride your bike as hard as I do then things will fall off. Looks like I have to walk home.
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    Next Day. The first 20km of this day was the most difficult riding in sand between trees along the sand dunes I have ever done. JP and Anthony also felt the same by there reaction when I asked them if they enjoyed that. Their look said it all .Made it to Kunawarritji Community. To enjoy a well needed shower and some normal food, like a meat pie and other crap. My first pie disappeared so quick I think I inhaled it. Better get another I was in heaven, only another 10days of dehydra. food to go.
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    We all re-fuelled then carried on.
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    Bowe also meet us here.
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    Not far to go now, nearly home JP.
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    It was that night we discovered the shocks on the ute were gone. Kunawarritji has serious corrugations either side, only about 70km of them. So we back tracked to Kunawarritji. Set up camp back at Well 33 while our new shocks were ordered and on the way.
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    Oh, Denise do you know JP did a good job doing washing.
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    Our parts arrived, and popping corn thanks to a bunch of guys that wanted to have a trip in a plane to help there brother and his stupid mates riding in the desert.
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    The ute was fixed. We headed back into the devils den to do battle again.
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    Saw some wildlife
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    Well 28. I remember this Well as it wasn&#8217;t long after here, that my attempted unsupported ride came to and end. I could no longer ride, without dropping my bike. My injuries were causing me hell and Bowe, as he was riding up front with me. Bowe was now helping me pick my bike up. So to avoid injuring Bowe, the bags went onto the Ute. I&#8217;m thoughtful like that. I could now ride the bike without to many problems now. So thanks to the guys for helping me pick up the bike.
    Stopped for lunch
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    When you ride the CSR you are riding on a 8inch track for the whole distance. So if you what to look at the scenery its best to stop. Otherwise you crash.
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    Well 26 is very well restored.
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    Onto the fuel dump. For fuel of course and coffee.
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    I&#8217;m going for a swim in the Lake
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    So more scenery.
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    Bloody hell JP, what are you doing in the bush. HEEEELLLLLLLPPPPPPP. I&#8217;ve got no steering. What does he mean no steering, Idiot. OOOHHHH , you mean that no steering.
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    Thanks Bowe, I&#8217;m speaking for JP here.
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    It was here Anthony had a big crash. He hurt his shoulder. Unbeknown to us at that time he had partially dislocated his shoulder. But as I had set the bar quite high, toughen up Princess you can ride out, and he did. So now we have 2 wounded riders, living the Dream.
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    Durba Springs. What a great spot.
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    We meet some other travellers Peter & Jude who we shared moments with. List to long to write.
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    Well 6 and Well 5 are done up nice as well.
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    Civilisation must be close by. A gate and some other toy.
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    Our adventure was now coming to an end. I must say that I had a great time, couldn&#8217;t have done without JP, Anthony, Bowe and Vince. So thanks guys for being part of one of the best rides we are ever likely to do.
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    The end of the CSR track.
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  5. bend27

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    Epic! Well done!:lurk
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  6. J_B

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    Reading with interest. Your 800 must be now showing a few battle scars.
    Good stuff mike
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  7. Koos

    Koos Wheeled Wanderer

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    Thank you Mike. Great photies....looking forward to the real CSR
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  8. OzAnt

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    Thank you to the best group of friends to ride the Canning Stock Route with,
    Mike, the moral police, official photographer and ride reporter, master of the “A” game, graduated with a Masters
    JP, the official counsellor, original developer of the Donkey award, Inductee to the “A” game, graduated with Honours and a Masters
    Bowe, Remote Areas Logistics co-ordinator on secondment, promoted to Remote Areas Logistics Manager, Inducted to the “A” game, graduated with Honours.
    Vince, Remote Areas Support Manager, inducted to the “A” game, graduated with a Masters
    Donald Quays, Moral Manager, Master of the “A” game.
    Without the help, persistence and good humour of the above people this trip would not have been possible. Many challenges were presented prior to, during and post trip that never phased the group and everyone returned home safely having completed one of the most challenging rides to be undertaken on the Australian continent.
    Cheers and thanks
    Anthony
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  9. CCCC

    CCCC Been here awhile

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    Great report. Thanks for sharing
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  10. profoundly_disturbed

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  11. Padmei

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    Excellent report & fantastic pics. Well done you hard men!!:clap
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  12. 59DEN

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    Thank's Mike for taking the time to a great RR, did you come across much traffic on the CSR
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  13. Old Betsy

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    Yes we did but it was in waves.
    The people towing camper trailers through there are just idiots.
    But I think we were lucky because we finished just as the schools holidays started.

    Old Betsy
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  14. OzAnt

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    Most of the traffic was good in working out passing and who was best to get off the track to pass. However there are a few that really drive to fast for the conditions and make it dangerous especially if you are coming around the base of a blind dune or over one and then there are the ones that just keep going down the track and wont get off FOR ANYONE OR ANYTHING.
    The 6%!
    Most of the traffic use the 40 channel so they have a warning of what is coming along the track and also the bush telegraph, so you get a good sense of what is on the track near you. We used 40 channels on the front and back bike and one in the ute.
    The Chinese group were travelling fast and nearly caused grief. The Post Script to that one was Mike saw Alby, the mechanic at Kunawaratji in Newman last week and Mike asked him about the Chinese group. Alby said he worked on their cars for 4 days as they had just totally wrecked them when they got to Kunawaratji.
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  15. Gravel Seeker

    Gravel Seeker Old, growing older.

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    Good little shop that. We rang ahead from Kununurra a week or so before and they ordered and had two sets of Michelin T63 ready for us when we arrived. Also lent us proper tools and let us use the shade behind the building to change oil and filters and also took care of the used oil, no worries.

    Great read btw, really brings back the feel of the outback, eventhough there seems to be a little more water around nowadays than in 05/06 when I was there..... we mostly just saw dry riverbeds.
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  16. no

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    interesting read
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  17. Vagabond_Explorer

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    Well 33, Kunawarrajit was a depressing place when I passed thru 10 years ago. Aborigines sniffing petrol, all cars had special locks on their fuel caps, the service station encased their bowser in steel cages, 1 suicide a week, drunks everywhere.

    Everyone was on welfare, etc.

    Is it better now?
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  18. Hill Billy

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    Well done guys.
    Especially Mike for punting the big twin down there. That must have been hard work.
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  19. Throttlemeister

    Throttlemeister Long timer Super Supporter

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    Love seeing these CSR runs documented:clap:clap:clap

    Great tough country!
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  20. OzAnt

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    Well 33, Kunawarrajit, is a very nice place these days as remote communities go. Very good store for a remote community, accommodation is very clean and well kept while being basic. Diesel and Opal fuel only. Workshop had just installed a vehicle lift. People were friendly and very helpful. The quality of the management of a remote community will be reflected in the facilities and people at the community. If you have a well run store you will generally have a good community. It also has to do with the size of the community, the smaller ones get less government funding and so have to be run well to make them sustainable. In this case the CSR is a good revenue stream for the community. The current managers will be leaving later this year so it will be interesting to see how they go in the future.
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