Paynes Find and Beyond

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Vince_WA, Aug 10, 2009.

  1. Vince_WA

    Vince_WA Rides badly :)

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    I'll make a quick start on this ride report now as my memory isn't as good as it used to be, and if I leave it much longer I'll be in trouble !!!

    The weekend just gone (8th & 9th August) had been pencilled on the TBAM calendar for about a month in advance - Bully's great suggestion of a weekend away combined with a shakedown run for the guys heading to Uluru in mid-October. Saturday morning saw eight of us - nine including Christine who escorted us to Goomalling on her sweet looking cruiser - meet up at Midvale - and what a motley group we were - Bully, Dean and Rob waving the flag for BMW, Rob and Alan in the DR650 corner, Konrad on the monster 990 Adventurer (... the taller they are the harder they fall ?), yours truly on the (almost) virgin KLR, and star of the weekend - Barry on his classic (in more ways than one) Suzuki GS1000!


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    First stop of the morning was the Go Cafe out at Goomalling - perfect setting for a coffee and photo shoot

    Christine parted ways with us here, leaving the remaining eight to head off again - in a rough N-NE direction, which is the most accurate I can be as I had entrusted all the navigation to Bully and was just following the leader. A quick refuelling stop 30-odd km's down the road saw half of us top up (damn those huge 1200GS and long range DR tanks), and a short while later it was our first taste of gravel road. Riding behind Barry gave me an opportunity to watch him try and catch a sheep for dinner at high speed, but the critter didn't want to join Barry's tucker bag and scampered away. I'm sure I've got that on video somewhere - I'll upload a few frames once I've edited them down a bit.

    At some stage we must have picked up Bonnie Rock Burakin Road, as we headed east along this til Cleary - our marker to turn north up towards Paynes Find along the unsealed Mouroubra Road. As we approached Cleary a large road train was just starting to pull out - and during our lunch break stretch a few k's up the road it thundered past us:

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    Lunch was primarily made up of snakes, energy bars, and a chance to drop the tyre pressures a bit....
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    A rest was called part-way along Mouroubra Road - an opportunity to stretch the legs and for Rob to perform some running repairs on the DR650 - with thanks to Bully for carrying some spare nuts and bolts....
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    .... and being completely non-mechanical I just wandered off and took a few pics ....[​IMG]

    Running repairs completed we headed off again - spaced out to let the dust settle between riders - but eventually we started bunching up again so the tail end took a short rest (and found Konrad who had gone off on his own little side trip)....

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    ... Rob is always ready to smile for the camera! ...

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    ... whilst Bully is almost dwarfed by his new toy ...

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    ... and Konrad turns up from out of nowhere ...

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    ... So what's this squiggly line on the GPS mean again ????

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    ... and I slip in a gratuitous pic to show off my KLR ...

    This is my first trip wired for sound, or at least uhf comms, and the investment paid off for itself in one five second warning from Bully to ease up coming into the next cattle grid, as the far side had been turned into a mud pit with the addition of some recent rain. Easy through that and then onto the next challenge - trying to eat one of the huge sausage rolls from the Paynes Find pub!!!

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    Another quick refuel at Paynes Find and we headed off SW down the Great Northern Hway in two groups - the advance party, and the slower group who were still trying to chomp down their sausage rolls. Being in the slower group was no cause for concern for DR Rob - passing by Ninghan Station he saw a great photo opportunity amongst the wildflowers....

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    ... and was prepared to test out any angle looking for that one 'killer shot' (his description okay - not mine !!!):

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    Quick photo shoot over, we rejoined the rest of the group at Wanara East Road, and for me at least - heading west into the setting sun on the gravel road was an exercise in applied faith - all I could see was the silhouette on Konrad some distance in front of me as I sped down the track. Thankfully the camp site wasn't far to reach, and what a campsite it was!

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    ... and I even had time to take a photo the nice big yellow ADV sticker on the top box from Canada :-)

    The tents went up, the fire was started, Rob's Greens Premium Ginger Wine came out (and later on so did the moon, along with Barry's port, an assortment of dinners, a load of bike stories, and eventually from his evening repose - Dean surfaced from his tent after we'd spent a couple of hours thinking that he'd wandered off into the bush and was probably well and truly lost by now ....)

    Sunrise over the campsite was no less spectacular than the preceeding evening's sunset....
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    And after a leisurely start to the day, made more interesting with Konrad demonstrating the fine art of packing a 990 Adventurer on uneven ground (sorry no photo's - but we did all dive for our cameras !!!!) it was time to head further west towards Mongers Lake, this time with Barry trying to catch a goat or two for lunch before our next photo op on the causeway that runs over the lake....

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    DR Rob was weighing up his chances on the dried lake surface to the north, and he had numerous offers from other guys to test his bike out on the lake bed, but politely declined.

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    ... Alan kept out of this discussion, preferring to enjoy the morning sunshine ...

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    ... BM Rob did the same ...

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    ... Bully couldn't keep the smile off his face he was that impressed with the new bike ...

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    ... until finally he got down to business and conducted a short choir practice session with Barry and Alan ...

    Photo session over, we picked up the rabbit proof fence road and turned south towards Perth. Just don't believe what the map says - it may look like a perfectly straight road, but there's one tiny right hand kink designed to catch people out - especially those that ignore the warning signs :-) (ps: Rob - I'll post the video of you running off the road soon okay - it makes for good viewing entertainment).

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    ... a quick map check on the way into Dalwallinu ...

    Refuelling (both bikes and bellies) was performed again in Dalwallinu - including twins of the huge Paynes Find sausage rolls, served at a cafe brimming with Coca Cola memorabilia.

    I think Sheoak Road rings a bell - either way it was more gravel heading south, until picking up the tarmac and then just out of Toodyay I peeled off to go visit my old people whilst the rest of the group followed Bully on a scenic exploration of the Avon Valley National Park.

    And so in a nutshell that's my little report and a few pics. A top weekend - about 1,000km for me, and as Bully said - just for the cost of the fuel. Great scenery, great riding companions, and a great way to spend a couple of days!!!!

    (oh and ps: I'll post some video soon when I get the time okay!)
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  2. GB

    GB . Administrator Super Moderator Super Supporter

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    Looks like a fun ride with friends :thumb
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  3. bully1

    bully1 Long timer

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    good report Vince if I can work out how to upload some photo's I got a shot of Konrads bike just regaining it's feet.

    Thanks for the company on the weekend for all the guys that came along, and yes the smile is fixed on my face,:D I've come to the conclusion that GS1200's are dangerous as they are so confidence inspiring that you keep pushing the boundaries.

    BTW top speed on Marourbra rd 170kph (see what I mean) on the first section catching up to everyone after lunch.
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    Hopefully there is a shot somewhere of the nice big yellow ADV sticker on the top box from Canada.(cheers Gadget)
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  5. bully1

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    I'll try some photo's. The big KTM being righted

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    The GS with dead animals

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  7. oziexplorer

    oziexplorer fugarewe tribe member

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    Thanks for sharing the great memories.
    A large contingent of bikes; sounds like everyone had a great time.
    Fantastic.
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  8. sir phily

    sir phily Been here awhile

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    Great report Conrad looks like a great time was had by all should have taged along on this one, maybe next one,hope you guys didn't let Rob lead same trip would have taken 5 days.
    Phil
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  9. KTM Pilot

    KTM Pilot Been here awhile

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    Vince, well done - some great pics there.
    I must have strated my RR last night at the same time as you!

    I'll see if I can paste it over here.

    Looking forward to the next time.

    Cheers:1drink
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  10. Vince_WA

    Vince_WA Rides badly :)

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    Picking up the gravel.

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    Konrad on the move.

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    Pit stop on Mouroubra Road.

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    Cruising.

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    Mongers Lake.

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    The sign that Rob ignored ...

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    Rob's cornering technique.

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    Back tracking.

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    Dean on the go.

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    Catching Konrad.

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    Barry on the go.
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  11. rhino_343

    rhino_343 Southern Explorer

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    Nice report! Looks like a great couple of days away with the boys. I really like the country up around Paynes Find and hope to get back out that way myself sometime soon. Thanks for posting it up!!:super
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