Simpson Desert FAIL!!

Discussion in 'Australia' started by allan11, May 1, 2018.

  1. allan11

    allan11 Long timer

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    In brief

    Friday 5pm left Brisbane drove through the night and arrived Birdsville 3pm Saturday.
    Sunday early left Birdsville for double crossing, injured shoulder, broke bike returned to Birdsville.
    Sunday late arvo left Birdsville drove through the night arrived Brisbane Monday evening.
    3 days, 3250km out and back 280km on the desert FAIL.

    the video shows what the dunes are currently like west of big red..



    long winded story.
    Being a Desert virgin and turning 54yo next month i thought i had better get to the desert and to make sure it would be a challenge and increase my "manhood" enough not to need artificial stimulant such as viagra to pleasure all the young bikini models knocking on my door i decided to do double crossing, solo, unsupported and in 3 days.. that didn't seem too hard??

    feed back from other riders was the top of dunes was really soft and a big section west of Poeppel Corner was slow going. OK get to the corner and see how i felt and could go down the rig rd etc (i had spot tracker, gps and maps)..

    on the bike early and was a bit apprehensive headin to Big Red. quickly found out that the dunes and tracks were easy (bordering on disappointing) that is until i went off track and crashed over the back of a small dune and landed on head and shoulder. not a ride ending crash or injury so kept going.

    20 min later the fuel pump shit its self. after taking the bike apart and checking every wire, fuse and plug the fuel pump had to come out and found that the little metal bit at the end of a wire had snapped.. FOOK! fixed it the best i could and put the bike back together.

    headed toward Poeppel corner with dodgy wiring in the tank, not enough fuel to get to the other side and the right shoulder and hand was now limited use.. double FOOK.. the inconvenience of having to be taken back to birdsville if i couldn't ride and the cost of bike recovery meant turning back short of the corner.

    by the time i good back to birdsville i couldn't feel my right hand and almost no use of right arm. waiting for report on xrays but still right hand is numb and it looks like a pinch nerve in neck or shoulder.. maybe next time...

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  2. GodSilla

    GodSilla I did that.

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    At least you had a crack at it mate. Good on you for having a go.

    You are braver than I, 'cos I don't think I'd do it solo.
    At 54 this is probably approaching the limit in age for what you are trying to do as well, I can vouch that after 60 it starts to veer towards uphill effort, downhill results. I hope your shoulder and arm come good, that's not good news eh. You can always repair or replace a bike, but body parts.......
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  3. gavineakins

    gavineakins Adventurer

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    Wow, Allan, that's a darn big attempt!
    I'm sorry to hear that it went to crap.

    Have the good folk at the Birdsville Clinic been taking care of you?

    Cheers - Gavin
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  4. Big Willy

    Big Willy Gen. Italia

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    Nice try mate!
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  5. DittyBag

    DittyBag A bag of dirty stuff

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    Hoping for a fast recovery. Conidering how it could have went, I call it a win.
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  6. Hay Ewe

    Hay Ewe Just a Wannabe

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    You gave it a go!
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  7. ZEmann

    ZEmann want to be riding

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    pat yourself on the back for the field fix on the fuel pump
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  8. allan11

    allan11 Long timer

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    thanks for the comments.. i didn't go to the clinic at Birdsville.. it was Sunday arvo after 3pm so i could have stayed to see how the shoulder felt but it wasn't looking good and i could have had a look at fixing the fuel pump better than i had done but i decided i wouldn't be out on the desert the next day so took a hand full of nurofin and panodol then packed up and headed home.. left birdsville at 4pm.

    looks like i will have another go late Sept after the birdsville races have been and gone.

    i will be beefing up the rear spring and making sure nothing moves around on the bike.. i bottomed out a few times on some woopy sections..
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  9. Gone Troppo

    Gone Troppo Somewhat bemused observer

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    That's a BIG effort. Think of it as practice.
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  10. Kiwirich

    Kiwirich Been here awhile

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    Hey @allan11
    Good effort, especially the fuel pump.
    At least you were smart enough to turn back when you got too far behind the curve. That was pure genius.

    Pushing on, getting rescued, wrecking both yourself and your bike all avoided, well done.

    Kiwirich
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  11. Dukehunt

    Dukehunt Lost in Translation Nev 2.0 Super Moderator

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    Well done.. smart move on turning back when you did.
    Shoulder injuries are a bugger and if not sorted can lead to permanent damage...get it looked at and follow the recovery procedure...it usually takes longer than you think to fully recover.
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  12. allan11

    allan11 Long timer

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    it seems i always fuck up my right shoulder..
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  13. richo360

    richo360 Long timer

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    Al,
    It wasn't a fail, it was an adventure that turned out different to what you'd planned.
    Makes a good story either way.
    get back out and have another crack when you're mended.
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  14. AUSSIEADV

    AUSSIEADV Long timer

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    That’s it...
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  15. speedwobble2

    speedwobble2 Been here awhile

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    You got plenty of years yet.
    I’m well over 60 and not what you would call super fit and never ridden in sand before and decided to give it a go by myself, never retraced my steps as I find going over the same ground twice a bit of a waste when there’s new country too see. Full fuel,water, food and camping gear on theDR650 it was a bit daunting lining up to big red at the start feeling like a pack mule but it turned out to be a bit of a doddle. Get the tyre pressure right and pinned in 3rd seemed to work. Some days mustering is a lot harder than this.
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  16. runt boy

    runt boy Been here awhile

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    A wise ol desert head from Queensland once told me.......'ride with a tight swag & loose plans, because when one adventure finishes, another one begins'.

    That was very prophetic advice for me as I started out as a newbie to the ADV thing many years ago, because Ive never completed a trip thats gone 100% to plan, in fact there were rides where we made it home on plan C or D :lol3
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  17. Dick0

    Dick0 Been here awhile

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    Good work in using your head. A retreat and regroup isn't a bad thing.
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  18. gavo

    gavo Slacker

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    Allan don't worry I did a crossing in 2012 age 55 it's not that hard but you can be unlucky like you. Perhaps all the driving to get there caused fatigue and so a mistake but you've still got plenty of time. Ok as you get older you need to train for big events but it's still do able. when i was out there I came across a 78 year old walking the desert. If you have another crack and want company pm me at 61 I'd like another go because I can.:lol3
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  19. Hoges

    Hoges Been here awhile

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    Ha ha, I might join ya, I'm only 58.
    Soon we'll have a posse of old farts doing a crossing.
    2 years ago I did a day ride from Birdsville to Poepells, and back and didn't have too many probs,
    The full Crossing is on my bucket list.
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  20. Dukehunt

    Dukehunt Lost in Translation Nev 2.0 Super Moderator

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    @Kiwirich and I are looking at doing the Simpson next year....and we are both seniors....
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