Trev's Lazy Cape Melville Ride Report

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Trevor S, Sep 2, 2005.

  1. Trevor S

    Trevor S Cap'n Flatulence !

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    Just got back from a 2000km trip to Cape Melville (north of Cooktown, North Qld). CREB track is open if anyone is interested, drowned our bikes there though :) The deepest creek was about waist deep.

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    Daintree Rv was very shallow.

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    The road from Cooktown to Cape Melville is a challenge, 150km or so from Starke to Cape Melville, took us from 9am - 7pm (with 2 hours of exploratory diversions and lunch). Cape Melville is where there was a croc attack last year and up the road from Kalpowar where there was a croc attack/fatality a couple weeks ago !

    The beach at Melville is beautiful,
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    Looking from our campsite

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    Cam in his salibrious accomodations

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    I was ensconsced in my Hennesy Hammock but the wind was gusting to abut 40 knots, which left Cmas makeshift tent fly FLAPPING like a son of a bith all night (yes it rained, a few "scuds" came accross)

    a couple hardy 4-WD's camping for 3- 4 week stretches. It takes them 2 - 3 days coming up the Coast, the easier route is in from Lakefield and Kalpowar.

    There is a fresh water stream at the back of Cape Melville,
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    which is a blessing, as even in Winter the area is hot, you have to know where the water is though, unless the creek itself is flowing further down. The trail in is energy sapping, requiring lots of water.

    We went out via Kalpowar,
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    when you get close to Kalpowar the road opens up but has had the crap chewed out of it by 4-WD's, the corrugations are more like sand dunes in size. The two 4wd's we passed were doing about 20 - 30km/hr the road was to rough for them to get up speed to skim the corrugations. Althought we could sit on about 120 or so, it's the roughest road I have ever ridden on. We made it to Laura on reserve, using 33l litres of fuel, I had planned to have a few litres left but the deep sand sent our fuel consumption soaring, to close for my comfort ! So be aware _IF_ you plan to go to Ninian Bay, Cape Falttery etc while you are up there you had better have a decent fuel supply.

    The silica soils of the main tracks bog you down fairly well.
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    A highy recommneded spot for a great ride in, remote self supported camping. Place is as windy as hell !
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  2. TomN

    TomN Long timer

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    LOL nice tent.
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  3. Trevor S

    Trevor S Cap'n Flatulence !

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    Have to travel light :) all night in the 40 knot gusts, it flapped like a son of a bitch !

    FLAP FLAP FLAP ! :D
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  4. Burren Rider

    Burren Rider Aussie Adventurer

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    G'Day Trev,

    Sounds like a great ride, hopefully I'll get to have a crack at it one day.

    How did the Hammock fare in the stronger winds?
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  5. Trevor S

    Trevor S Cap'n Flatulence !

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    Hammock was fine but the fly was a bit of a problem (but that would have been an issue with a tent and fly as well. I started the night, no fly, no problems, it rocked very gently. Then started to rain, quickly put the fly on, the wind kept getting under the fly and acting like a parachute. I ended up wraping the fly around the hammock like corn leaves around the husk.
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