I come from a Land Down-Under!

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Peter640, Apr 23, 2019.

  1. Peter640

    Peter640 Peter 640

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    Well team ADV I wasn't going to write this trip up but it became a little more epic than first planned and were home safely now so I thought I'd share some pics and thoughts with you! I normally report real time so this will be my first retrospective!

    This was meant to be simple shake down and warm up ride before the main event which starts in June this year! It ended up being a 12,500 km blast at speed through much of the southern part of this great land!

    The return trip was, by far the most tiring ride I have done. We returned wiped out after the second half became a mostly dirt road blast thru some of the iconic outback places Australia has to offer!

    This is the next instalment of a series of trips celebrating the fact I can still do this! This report is the fifth instalment of a slow burn round the world trip that so far has led to the following reports:

    2015 - Burning Man and Beyond - http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/burning-man-and-beyond-three-months-in-the-us.1081126/

    2016 - Iceberg Dead ahead! - http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/iceberg-dead-ahead.1144880/

    2017 - OK I read the rules, so I am going to NZ (on and off) for a year! - http://advrider.com/index.php?threa...im-going-to-nz-on-and-off-for-a-year.1198148/

    2018 - Nunca haremos un giro a la izquierda! (Mexico to the Translab ....) - https://advrider.com/f/threads/nunca-haremos-un-giro-a-la-izquierda-mexico-to-the-translab.1293606/

    I saw the HU Hubb meeting in Perth was coming up so I called my old (literally!) riding buddy John C up (he lives in NZ) and suggested he buy a bike over here and come and join me! He is so easily led that wasn't hard! I then talked with Mrs Peter 640 and suggested she come across on the East to West leg as that would be mostly on sealed roads and take us across the Nullarbor (which is home to Australia's longest straight road! So a plan was hatched!

    To give you sense of scale and size:

    For the N Americans ....

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    And for the Euros ....

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    We're a fairly big place!

    And to make matters more interesting I had to find John a new (old!) bike to meet his budget ... which we did and boy is she a good one! 1999 1100GS with 78,000 kms on her!

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    And to make things interesting I decided to upgrade to a new 1200 a few days before we headed off!

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    The new bike led a furious afternoon of farkelling as I took all the bling from old and transferred to new! Why the f2%k do that 2 days before a big trip! Well asked!!

    Any ways, it all fitted on bar the bash plate (which needed a piece to install) but I got it on and did the 1,000 kms for first service with about 12 hours spare! I then flew to Singapore for work and came home (via an overnight flight ) landing at 0730 on the morning of the 24th March,. We were riding by 1030 same day!

    It was a busy time!

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    And she came up well ...

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    And even better with our gear "shake down" fully loaded up .....

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    Julie and I spent three months together last year travelling from Mexico to Canada and are planning five months together later this year firstly back in Canada, then Iceland, Faroe Isles and then into Europe via Denmark, Sweden and Norway before we park the bike up in the UK in October. We have the same set up at home in Oz as we do on the American plated touring bike overseas. But always good to test out new bags and the like! Plus Julie has some fancy new riding gear!

    This is the US set up but the big yellow bag is now 5 rides old and falling apart (which is bad for a dry bag!!). Im a bit sad as I miss its bigness! We now have two funky 50 L dry bags which stack. We are always trying to carry less and less and feel we can travel pretty light. But tools and wet weather gear are essential when your out for a few weeks .... and I can't go with out a decent coffee!

    This is the rig in California last year .... a 2014 GS.

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    Setting off is always exciting ...

    JohnC is a dear old friend who came to Alaska with us two years ago and is much fun on a long road trip. He is in-charge of security, beer supply and diplomatic relations with the locals!

    This is him on Vancouver Island getting his cum-uppence! Hi Claire!

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    And setting off from home!

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    Day one saw us running to West Wyalong ... all pretty uneventful and much needed sleep at a cheap motel. Nice run up thru the Blue Mountains and Cowra but not many stops for pics!

    Found a great pub for dinner ....

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    After much needed beer and sleep we "ride at dawn"! Always a risk in this country because of stupid kangaroos!

    I met two 'roos on this road at 110kmph which woke me up and startled the Mrs! Luckily no impact!

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    Love this painted grain silo, out west!

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    Julie posing nicely ...

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    We pushed down thru sand and dust storms and massive mobs of emus towards Mildura, two days out and still not feeling lie we left home turf!

    Dust was crazy ... this later washed over the road ....

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    And boom .... your in a new State!
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    The plan that night was to reach Tanunda in the Barossa a great wine growing area! .... Nice but uneventful riding ... in search of a bed and beer! if we had to trade, we'd take the beer after the dust storms ...

    Did I say dust!... a picture can't actually tell you how generally miserable this dust in the air is ... your eyes itch and you feel gritty!

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    I am such a nerd for good (or bad!) pannier sticker!
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    The old steel works at Whyalla ... a nicer town than you'd imagine ...
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    Target acquired!
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    So now we felt we were on the road! A few kms under the belt and moving west!

    Not stop Coffin bay! Home the Oyster and general good times!

    A blur of sea side towns and jetties!

    Plus some very cool rocks where we could have shot our album cover if we were rock stars!

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    We ducked into Fowlers Bay ... a very nice settlement on the South Coast with a crazy sand dune system and great beaches and jetty! A nice time 30 km dirt road in and and similar out ...

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    Early Aussie heritage ...
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    More from Fowlers ....

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    Then to the famed Nullabore!

    We met this guy looking a bit thirsty in the way out!

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    It all starts here!

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    John C or "white-nose" as we call him!

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    I love the rich tapestry of an interesting road!
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    nice photos.
    see any dingoes? tracks in sand, were they dingo ?
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    Heaps of dingo tracks as we moved more into central Oz plus 100's of camels lurking on the road out near Docker River ....

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    More from the road to the west! ...

    The old telegraph station being overtaken by sand!

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    Corby Jack rehydrating after a long day eating tar!

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    This is a mad road ... long and very straight!

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    Julie checking out the blow holes in the limestone ... weirdly, this one breathed! There are multiple cave systems across the Nullabore and very big cave diving systems for those that like that kind of thing!

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    Some more pics from "the treeless plain!" ....

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    My pics are a little out of order as they were reshuffled when I loaded them up!

    Love these shots from of the "bight" and the iconic straight (longest in Australia!) signage. I love the cruise control function on the 1200GS.

    Great machine for this type of touring.

    The water colour is amazing ...

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    The 90 mile straight! The morning sun was welcome but not helping the photo shoot!
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    You come off the straight section into the Fraser Ranges. Neat little road house there with a cool museum including the wreckage found locally after Skylab crashed to earth. Love the fact the local council sent NASA a bill for littering!

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    We stopped for a break at this clay pan ... no one was game to take a big bike to far in there ... I think we'd still be digging it out!

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    Once you get to Esperance you feel like you have really landed in the West! Sadly the weather wasn't brilliant as the water colour is incredible and the white sand beaches are amazing ...

    We stopped for the obligatory glamour bike shots! And then left town via a really nice little coastal route that would have been a lot of fun if the speed limits were a bit higher!

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    The bike had its 5,000 km birthday on the road to Albany! This was taken on 3rd April and we set off on 28 March!

    Clearly I was feeling relaxed on the bike at this point as we might have been moving along when I took the shot! :)

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    Albany is a great little town. We stopped off at the ANZAC centre (well worth a visit) and then headed off to our hostel accomodation after an amazing ride thru the Tingle Tree forests ....

    There is no connection between these two pics!

    John, gets a new ride ....
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    That makes him ....
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    This place was brilliant, cheap and comfy and and clean! Highly recommended (thanks Peggy!)
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