Perth to Townsville and return

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  1. Sl0rider

    Sl0rider Been here awhile

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    Nah, the emus are always thick.

    If it's not thick, it's not an emu! :nod
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  2. Eaglebeak

    Eaglebeak All roads rider, West Oz.

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    I am a bit out of order. We went to Farina, I was excited to show the guys the bakery.
    Different baker, my pie tasted like a commercial one. Mince, not meat and seemed to have flavour enhancer.
    Horrible. Spoke to a woman volunteer from Perth.
    It was bloody windy and cold. We had hot drinks, crap pies and left.
    Marree was really busy as the Canel Cup was on. (Pic outside the servo)

    The ride to Mungerannie was the usual smooth road. Pretty easy, even for the two semi novices, once they got in the groove.
    I saw 127 kph on my gps a few times and about 10kph more on the optimistic bike Speedo.
    The staff there remember our OCR well.
    “We worked our rings off, but we had a good time”.
    The place was full of people heading to Birdsville for the Big Red Bash.

    The pool lined with sleepers was empty.

    The Mungerannie to Birdsville section was a bit loose and rough for for about 140 kms then we came up on roadworks and it was a breeze after that.

    As I said earlier Birdsville was chockers, but the line for unleaded was virtually empty so we bought fuel, supplies and we camped about 20 kms down the road to Windorah.

    A big day today from our overnight camp.
    Many many vehicles still heading to Birdsville today made it an hard ride.
    A LOT of dust.

    A few potholes full of bull dust that were over before you knew it and some soft edges too.
    But we all agreed, that without the opposing traffic it would have been a relatively pleasant, trouble free ride.

    Pre Mungerannie we came across three young guys, one a man mountain, easy 6’4” or more and 110-120 kms. Fixing a rear flat.
    After Mungerannie We caught up again and they were fixing the same rear again. They
    we’re nearly finished with a hand pump when I offered my electric pump. :lol3

    I am typing this at our best camp site to date, on the banks of Cooper Creek.
    Tomorrow Longreach.
    A bit to see there but still planning on Townsville Thursday (?)

    The K60 is still holding up.

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  3. Eaglebeak

    Eaglebeak All roads rider, West Oz.

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    My mate the farmer. He brought a tent but hasn’t used it yet.
    A goretex bivvy is his choice.
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  4. Dave Ward

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    No waitress reports yet?
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  5. Gadget_65

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    Great report. Wish I was there. Just heading to bed after turning the heater off, but thinking of you guys.
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  6. Eaglebeak

    Eaglebeak All roads rider, West Oz.

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    Dave, I didn’t get a picture of her, but met a nice young one from Byron at this stop, about half way along the dirt to Windorah.
    Two girls, working for a guy that also sold custom knives. He runs a coffee truck and they had already been up in Cairns and elsewhere, following the rodeo circuit. 3 months on the road. We reckon he was an ex rider. Strong arms and back, looked a bit broken, but tough, if you get the picture.
    She was loving the opportunity to see the bush and earn. He had a truck set up for knife sales and sleeping, plus the coffee van and a caravan for the girls.

    Btw, meant to type “Camel Cup” in Marree, not Canel. Figure fumble on iPhone.
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  7. Eaglebeak

    Eaglebeak All roads rider, West Oz.

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    Chain guard issue south of Birdsville.
    I had a small bag of nuts and bolts, plus some shock cord.
    Bush repair but it works.

    I did think of removing it altogether, but I always figure, things are there for a purpose.
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  8. Eaglebeak

    Eaglebeak All roads rider, West Oz.

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    We were in bed by 9 last night, it’s 0420 now and I am in the swag, awake after a good sleep.
    I’ll post an update pic on my K60 rear when it’s light. I dunno what the total kms is without checking the odometer, but it has Perth to Farina and return 4 weeks ago (5,600 kms) plus Perth to Windorah, via Port Augusta, Marree, Birdsville, etc.
    It is holding it’s pattern well and will definitely make Townsville (and beyond possibly)

    If anybody is interested, I don’t airdown often on gravel, unless the surface is seriously loose.
    I have been running 40psi rear and 35psi front.
    Same as I do (and did) on my Harley when going to the OCR at Mungerannie.
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  9. Eaglebeak

    Eaglebeak All roads rider, West Oz.

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    We dropped in to Betoota yesterday.
    Not quite ready to open yet.
    Hopefully August.
    We were invited in and given a tour by a women whose name I missed. (Owner ?)

    I mentioned the OCR concept, she loved the idea and would happily host.
    They will have a diesel pump but shire permits/safety regs make it difficult to stock anything more than a small amount of unleaded for emergencies only.
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  10. dirty dennis

    dirty dennis are we there yet

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    Doing well andrew. It's -1.5 here & I'm up because I'm off to work. You win!! A friend & a mate of his were in Jundah night before last. Africa Twin & a XT250. You might see them somewhere. I dont think the XT is travelling very quickly! Have a good ride!!
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  11. Eaglebeak

    Eaglebeak All roads rider, West Oz.

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    Yesterday, Birdsville to Windorah, gravel for about 280 kms then tar for 110. We picked up a 5 litre container in Birds, just in case.
    The 17.5 litre Honda’s made Windorah with about a 1/2 and a 1 litre respectively to spare.
    The GS1200 ran dry about 27 kms short and my Wee-Strom (22 litre tank) had about 2 litres left.

    The little Honda’s are running well, I was watching the stock suspension working on Tony’s and it looked okay.
    Just a pity Honda didn’t give them a 19 inch front.

    Their two riders haven’t done much gravel and acquitted themselves well under trying conditions yesterday (with all the traffic and reduced visibility.)

    No spills with any of us. No breakdowns either, although while trying to stay well away from speeding, idiot drivers in the dust Tony managed to clip a plastic post with his hand guard.
    Held his nerve, kept the power on in the loose shit and emerged unscathed. :thumb
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  12. Eaglebeak

    Eaglebeak All roads rider, West Oz.

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    We’ll keep a lookout for them.
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  13. Eaglebeak

    Eaglebeak All roads rider, West Oz.

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    B0BEA722-564B-4284-B40C-6F1810A67B12.jpeg Found one Honda had a flat rear this morning, it took half an hour just to find the tiniest of stone holes. Plugged and hopefully all good now.
    It’s in the groove about 4mm below my finger.
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  14. Eaglebeak

    Eaglebeak All roads rider, West Oz.

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    Ran into 3 riders in Judah on their way from Wilson’s Prom to the Cape.
    Moto Guzzi Stelvio, a big new KTM (sorry, dunno what model) and BM F800GS.
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  16. Eaglebeak

    Eaglebeak All roads rider, West Oz.

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    Arrived in Longreach to find all accommodation booked out.
    School hols :dirtdog

    We got swag and tent space in the “overflow” area of a van park.
    A hot shower and all good. I decided it was time to change my jocks, socks and shirt, 8 days, a record even for me. :rofl

    Off this morning to do the tourist thing, Stockman Hall of Fame, Qantas, etc.

    Splitting up the band today.
    My mate AD, the farmer, is going south to see his son at Uni before heading home to relieve other son on the farm near Dunsborough.
    My brother is heading to Bundaberg to see rellies.
    We all may meet up again.

    Tony and I will head for Townsville, we are a bit sick of dust so we’ll plot a tar route this morning. (any zips we have are proving troublesome to use due to the dust.)

    I think I removed a Ute load of dust from my beak yesterday :lol3

    I promised a tyre pic. I forgot. Maybe today.

    Because of all the traffic heading to Birdsville we were forced off our lines a few times on the road to Windorah and there is a lot of sharp, knarly rock out there !
    I am liking my tough as old boots K60’s.

    Also have to do a cold check of the tyre we plugged yesterday morning, as soon as I get out of my swag.
    I have used stringy plugs maybe 8-10 times on tubeless and yesterday’s was the hardest insertion I have done, mainly I think due to the soft walls of the TKC70’s the guys have on the Honda’s. (Personally I think they are a pattern so close to a road tyre they are not worth using, but hey, each to their own)

    Not much to see on the ride from Windorah to Longreach, but I can’t let you down, so here it is.
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  17. Eaglebeak

    Eaglebeak All roads rider, West Oz.

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    Tyre pics taken today.
    9,960 kms on this K60 so far.

    When we arrived in the van park late yesterday, AD decided to explore the overflow area, looking for the best campsite.
    He ended up in the local swamp !
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  18. Eaglebeak

    Eaglebeak All roads rider, West Oz.

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    This Landy was in the car park.
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    Room here at the inn in armidale if you need it Andrew
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  20. Eaglebeak

    Eaglebeak All roads rider, West Oz.

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    42241ED7-3A0A-405E-AB92-9C984D8D58C1.jpeg Thanks Leith. Not sure where I’ll be going after Townsville.
    We are currently in Torrens Creek, chatting to the lovely Marreea. (Yep, Seth Africa spelling)

    We thought we were done with dirt for a while but got a surprise with the last 30+ kms into TC from Barcaldine being sandy dirt with bull dust holes.
    We camped south of here last night.
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