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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Gasman_ADV, Aug 31, 2018.
I have included some older photos (2016) of Brachnia Gorge to give an indication of it beauty.
As I posted earlier we arrived 20 minutes late for official lunch, we topped up the bikes with fuel, the DRZ'S and teh Kwaka 400 used about $6.50 of fuel each and the Berg used $5.70 .....lotsa torque
Al and Josh each had a spin on the Berg, Big Al handing it back a bit sooner than I thought he would...............It was just a bit too much fun
I think now it will best if I just post a series of pictures of just how beautiful this part of the Flinders Ranges is
Gasman, that is an awesome report. Bikes, scenery, mates and a purpose. How much better could it get. You have done a great job of integrating fun and excitement with the sombre side. Well done.
Thank you very much
its not done yet mate
Gasman, enjoying your report. Looks like great country and there is a purpose behind it all. Good job.
This is the return leg
As I pulled up to this lookout there was about a dozen other dirt bike riders just pulling out , buggers didn't stop 20 seconds longer to say hello, I was somehow ahead of my crew, as I was taking my time and letting then go ahead, anyway Al and Cliff decided the needed to stretch their legs, so to speak and took off in pursuit of the other group, and I do mean pursuit Smokey and the Bandit style (sorry if that quote is just a little bit too topical atm )
This is what ADV riding is all about
note the long shadows again
I Love this time of day on a dirt bike, I really do
"Could'nt catch um" was the words that were uttered by Al and Cilff as Josh and I pulled up at the next intersection and break stop, Big Al announced he wanted to "Pull over the Railway line" ....I said we be happy to oblige and turn our backs whilst he performed this action .............he seemed relieved I said that
again note the long shadows
So we turned tail and headed back to Parachilna, and followed the railway line for a few klms until reaching a fenced off portion, so blacktopped back to the Para Pub. Seemed the logical thing to do
What is wrong with this picture ?
whats that Cliff ? ...I may have forgotten to charge the batteries on my ...ahem lights and the sun is almost down .
and its 16klm's through the gorge to get back to camp and its going to be dark, real dark .....
we left the pub and headed for home and here it is "The Money Shot" (and that is the Moon rising over the ranges)
I was a way way lot darker than this picture shows, but I'll take it.
riding back through the ranges, its pretty much steep both sides with the occasional sharp edge drop off, what could possibly go wrong with no lights ?
Josh eventually realized it would be better for me and followed along behind with his light, mind you Cliff later said did you see those campers on the side of the road as we crossed a couple of shallow creek crossings ....nope didn't see anybody
rolled back into camp, well and truly dark by now (Sunday night), Cliff is on the radio have you seen Big Al ...no ...I went back to the entrance to Ango and came back to see Big Al waving from the boys campsite (near my cabin) ...all good......
and you know what, I have one set of lights left running by this stage its close to 7.00pm and Iam having a ball, I would have gone out for a lap of the PAR by moonlight with just a little bit of encouragement ...what a buzz the last 2 to 3 days on the bike have been
Now to come back to the other part of this report, Big Al was a best friend of the person who this memorial ride was about and I had a good one on one chat with Al later in the evening, he said he had only sort of met these other blokes about once, so it was good to see them all together, I eventually parked the bike and headed straight to the showers, leaving them to it as it were.
are we ready to pack up and go home .....Hell No
Just ask Big Al
Forgot a tale I wanted to tell, so shall insert here, Sunday morning and we are heading out to the Parachilna turn off to head down the highway for a few k's then turn into Brachina Gorge, I forgot to do up my helmet strap as we left and of course its flapping against my chin and being rather annoying.
So at the turnoff on the main highway are a couple of young hitchhikers, I stopped next to them to do up the strap and say hello. (sorry no pictures) the pretty young thing (girl) was from Lancaster, England and the young lad was from Alice Springs, they have just finished walking/Hiking the Heysen Trail, it took them 57 days and 1200 kms they were looking to get a ride back to pick up their car at Cape Jervious l. Please see the attached map ....
They found out there is a bus that runs to Adelaide but it runs on Tuesday, today of course is Sunday