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post #1 of 66 Old Jan 22nd, 2011, 8:45 pm Thread Starter
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Plans are coming together for our little lap of Oz, leaving Sydney on 3 April, and plan to be back on 4 June.
A question to the WA crew... likely I'll be up for a new set of tyres (ME880's) roughly by the time I get to Perth.. they may last longer then that, but the whole trip is over 16000km and I want good rubber for those long north-west sections. Trouble is we'll be there during the Easter break. Our plans have us getting into Fremantle on Sat 23rd April, then leaving for Jurien Bay on Tues 26th.
Whats the likelyhood of the one BMW dealer I can find (Auto Classic) being open for tyres through that period, or is there another tyre supplier you can recommend that I can contact?

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G'day Chris.

That sounds like an excellent ride, and I hope that I get the time to do it myself one day!

Which direction are you heading? Let me know if you would like to catch up if you are passing through Melbourne at all.

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Hi Tony.
Heading clock-wise... Sydney to Lakes entrance, LE to Phillip Island (Cowes), then across the Bay entrance via Ferry and up to Avalon to pick up my partner Kerry (flying down), then to Torquay and onwards down GOR. A little hectic, averaging 330km daily over the 2 months. No more than 3 nights in one place, most places 1 night. Missing Melb itself, been through there a few times (Ferry terminal).
Wish I had 4 or 5 months to do it all... but I'll take what I've got
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Hi Chris ,

mit dem Metzler Marathon kannst Du kannst Du ganz Australien umrunden .
Tom und ich fuhren ohne Probleme die ganze Strecke von 14.731 km damit und waren sehr zufrieden .
Heute schon eine gute und gesunde Reise !

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Hallo Hartmut!
Vielen Dank für Ihre Kommentare ... Ich war über Sie und Tom Denken am Australia Day!
Mein Dilemma ist, dass der Satz Reifen habe ich auf jetzt wird vielleicht noch eine zweite 8.000 km, so dass ich entweder nehmen sie ab und setzen neue, bevor ich gehe, oder ändern Sie sie auf halbem Weg. Der beste Ort, das zu tun wäre Perth, außer wir es zu Ostern sind, wenn alles wird wahrscheinlich geschlossen werden. Ich brauche diesen Informationen zu bestimmen, wann ich sie umstellen.
Wir erwarten, dass fast 17.000 km auf unserer Reise zu tun.

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Hey Chris
how are your plans for the trip comming along whats the latest, well Cathie has bought a new bike she is most pleased the Boulevarde is gone and she is now on a GSX 1250FA yikes does it go Had to lower it 25 mm for her

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Hi Linton... sound like you might have trouble keeping up with the missus in future!!

Things coming together, have booked most stops ahead of time, something I don't want to have to worry about while on the trip.
Bike goes in early for the 70k service and new rubber 2 weeks before we leave, so I won't be doing a run up to Newcastle to have a look.
Ordered some mick-o-pegs for the those loooong stretches. Hope to get them this week.
So looking forward to this.

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Guys, still hoping to get to newcastle but not go to the AGM might just take a week off and head up that way for a look around, my work is still a little quiet, so if anyone up that way wants to get together around AGM time let me know

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4 more sleeps, getting excited!
Pick up trailer on Friday for the big pack-up!
Bike has new tyres, new GPS, new shocks, MOPs and full service....

47 days on the road, 64 days away.

Fun toys for the trip:
GoPro HD with LCD backpack, and various mounts, plus 2 other cameras
Ipod & DICE for travelling tunes
SPOT v2 tracker... just in case...
Kneeboard and wettie hoping for the odd surf

Linton, will be in Portland sometime in afternoon of Wed 6 April, coming from Airies Inlet.
Drop me your phone number, hopefully we can meet up for a drink or dinner...

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a couple of tips for you.
all packed up try and keep towball weight around 30kg or less stick it on the bathroom scales.. and one pannier for kerry apart from hills you wont know its there, get the clutch out fully before you throttle on above all have a hell of a lot of fun

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Have a great time, Chris - and keep us up to date with your adventures if you can!
Where do you plan to be on Tuesday 5/4? Depending on work, I may be able to ride out somewhere and catch up with you for a coffee or similar.

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Hi Tony. Staying at Cowes night of 4th, then heading for the ferry terminal at Sorrento to cross the bay, then up through Geelong to Avalon Airport. My partner Kerry is flying into Avalon just after 3pm, so pick her up and then head down to Airies Inlet via Torquay (have to go past Bells, haven't been there for about 30 years!)
Mb is 0418411499 if you're in the area and up for a little ride! (although I'll have that number forwarded to a Telstra number for the trip)
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No worries, mate...if I can get the time off, I shall give you a call to arrange to meet up.

Have a great ride!

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Hi Kerry and Chris !

Wünsche Euch eine schöne Tour und sehr viel Spaß ! Ich fahre jeden Kilomater mit Euch !

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Danke Hartmut, wir haben 1600km bisher getan ... und wirklich gerade erst angefangen!
Hat die Geat Ocean Road in Victoria heute ... eine wunderbare Fahrt, und hatte gerade Abendessen mit Achse, wie wir in seiner Heimatstadt, Portland sind!

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Just met Linton (Axle) and Kathy and had a lovely dinner at the local pub with them!
Thanks guys for showing us around the town, hope to catch up with you at Snowy this year if you can make it.
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How was the trip. Was it strange having the trailer behind?

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Good so far! Its a little more weight and a little less smooth than the normal ride, but no problem.. just have to be careful starting off....and generally taking it slower than would otherwise, sitting just under the speed limits (per the GPS).
Weather has been great so far... we can only hope it stays that way. :-)

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1 week in & 2,380km, made it to Adelaide today.
Weather has turned wet & windy after several beautiful but hot days.
Bike running great, but reverse gear has started playing up, doing the 4sec/4ft and stop trick. Limited wifi access, but onto searching the forums for a fix...!
Love this traveling, but damn its tiring... only 8 weeks to go!

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Hi Chris, back from the " Native Stint " Glad to hear you guys are enjoying the trip. Hope the weather picks up.
Similar problem with reverse. Nuisance really, as it will continue to reverse but only in small steps.
Guess you don't want to remove the upper tupper-ware on the RHS, but if you do there is a connector there tied to the rear of the tip over frame. Sorry I don't have a pic. It is the wire from the speed sensor used by the reverse. Some times a good place to check.
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hey Chris no reverse bummer, also didnt tell you the other day there is no cell service on the nullabour accept for Eucla hope you been practising them smoke signals

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hey Chris no reverse bummer, also didnt tell you the other day there is no cell service on the nullabour accept for Eucla hope you been practising them smoke signals
LOL.... only when Kerry stepped back off the bike without telling me (see other post of GJPinAU).... all good.

Just worked out I can tether my Iphone (Telstra) to the Mac Laptop via Bluetooth and use its data allowance for internet.... much easier than browsing on the Iphone! Have to work out how quickly I might burn through my 2Gb allowance, but Kerry has 3Gb on her Iphone Optus plan, so we'll use that up too!
Guess none of that helps if there's no service though.

HILTON,thanks for the note about the reverse cable mate. I knew I'd read somewhere about a cable being a potential cause, but couldn't find a pic. At least now I have an idea of where it is. Won't go looking for it unless it dies altogether.
I can get away with the small reverse steps, its just awkward when backing up over a kerb and suddenly the reverse cuts out... not fun holding it all up.

Currently in Port Augusta... weather better here but still windy, maybe some rain in the morning. Starting to see "Road Trains" more and more, just the doubles though... I'm sure they'll get bigger!
We are cheating and staying in cabins while it rains... a little civilization much enjoyed!
Time to hit the spa and work of the riding pains...

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Quick update... have had a great rest day in Ceduna, tomorrow we head for the Nullabor and WA border. Its just on 500km to Eucla where we'll stop for the night. Then on to Balladonia for the following night, and down to Esperance for a 2 night stop before following the WA coastline. Sitting on 100kph per the GPS (about 105-108 on the LT speedo) which is comfortable for Kerry. Pretty sure that's the speed limit for towing a trailer in WA anyway.

Have met 3 other riders doing similar trip in the last couple of days, including Rocco from Fairfield in Sydney who passed us on the road to Ceduna. We stopped for fuel at Streaky Bay (nice little spot) as he's just finished refilling, so had a chance to chat.
Felt sorry for the poor bloke, he's on a Suzuki GS500, no fairing, bug-splattered visor, limited supplies stacked on the seat behind him, but determined to get around the west coast and up near Darwin before turning south through Alice, Broken Hill and home. Oh to be younger and more foolhardy..

Fuel prices, getting up there... $1.70 at Streaky Bay, and had to buy 98 at Ceduna for $1.69 (no 95 Octane here it seems).

Love my home-made bug-guards though, they are doing a great job


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I paid $1.70 for 98 in Hornsby on Monday!!!
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Hi Chris, great to hear the trip is going well. Love the bug guards, doing their job well looking at the wildlife. We saw the weather coming across, hopefully passed by now. You may get a dust free crossing
How are the pics coming along ?
Big hi to Kerry
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Thanks for the updates, Chris - your adventures make great reading!

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ps.. posted this morning.. it wouldn't load last night.. :-)

Hi guys.
We've made it to Esperance, WA today.
The Nullabor crossing was not what I expected... no sandy deserts, lots of scrubby bush, an excellent road all the way from Ceduna to Norseman... maybe we just had it good with fair weather and the wind at our backs most of the time.
Very little wildlife, despite all the signs about roos, emu's, camels, etc etc.. although we only travel full daylight. Just a few smallish leftovers from the previous nights road-trains.
Kerry did see a mob of Emus next to the road (I missed them... "Look, Emu's.." so I look right... they were on the left....apparently!!), just after we came up the Majura Pass, where the road goes from the lower level a little above the ocean to the escarpment we'd been following forever.. that was a welcome change.
Top petrol price.. Nullabor Roadhouse (not Border Village)... $2.079/litre for Premium 98 (can't seem to get 95 until you hit the big towns again), followed closely by Balladonia Roadhouse where we stayed last night at $2.067/ltr.
And the food prices are, well, highway robbery in a sense... but you have to expect it. Not begrudging it because when your hungry...., but they do serve huge meals.. maybe I should ask for a 2/3rds serve next time?
Checked out the old Telegraph station at Euchla,... not much to see really, but, well... we've seen it.
In full camping mode for the next 2 nights... will attach some pics when I get a chance, and the internet tether thingy lets me!!!

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see if I can get l can get some little pics to upload..

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Hi Chris and Kerry
Looks like a great trip sofar, memories flood back after looking at your photo's, today is the first day of full sunshine since you left so your timing was impecable enjoy the ride we never got past Perth around South where you are is some of the prettiest country around

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A quick update on progress.... the tyre dramas are almost resolved (see other thread).
We've made it about half-way up the WA coast, currently at Denham, across from Monkey Mia. We've booked a boat cruise on Saturday for the dolphins, dugongs etc.. and a trip to a black-pearl farm.
Spent 4 nights in Fremantle, and did a day-trip to Rottnest Island... amazing place, understand totally why Perthites like to go there for holidays!
Had some wild weather the last 2 nights (Freo and then Geraldton) but rode through light rain today into sunny 28 degrees!
Bike hasn't missed a beat... used just a little oil and a lot of rear tyre, but apart from that its been a dream.. sitting on 100 on the GPS at 3400rpm, kick back to 3rd for the road trains and buzz past them at around 120k or so....
Will try to post some more pics if the internet tether lets me... and I can find some that are probably interesting enough to more than me...

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Rottnest Island, off Perth, WA... you have to ride a pushbike (rented) to get around, or pay an exhorbitant bus fare.... the island is about 22k's around


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Chris, I just came back to take a look at your rig with the surfboard and also the pic of your rear tyre wear.
Am I going crazy of have those posts disapeared?
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Those posts/pics are in the other thread "Where to get an ME880...", so no, not going mad.... ;-)

Lunching in Carnarvon at the moment... But here's a story from yesterday.
Stopped to get petrol at the Caltex in Denham ( this place is way out-of-the-way) and the young guy on the other bowser filling his hire campervan says "where you in Melbourne a couple of weeks ago?"... "I passed through"....
"did you get a service at Southbank Motorcycles? I did one same colour with same front lights (motolights)"....
"No, not me" I say amazed....

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A little more on our travels...
So far so good... bike's trip meter says 7888.8km (gps was saying a little less than that... surprise, surprise!)
Sunny 27-28 degree days, just a little windy, but pretty nice to ride in with the right gear. Still too many dead straight road sections.. keep checking the rear, we are going for Broome about 1400k's away.. I can still see tread pattern at the centre, and the sides are fine. Running slightly lower pressures (42 rear) with the trailer on seems to be helping.

Spent yesterday at Monkey Mia, the famed dolphin interaction area where the dolphins swim up to the beach for feeding... well maybe once-upon-a-time... I think its over-commercialised and over-hyped. Nice little resort there with a lot of people waiting for the dolphins...

2 swam slowly past, about 10 minutes later they swam back again... and that was it. A turtle popped up near the jetty, but it was gone in a flash.
We took a catamaran cruise that goes out to look for dolphins and other sea critters playing.. in 3hrs we saw another 3 dolphins, someone saw a turtle, and we all saw a crab.... but that was it. Great stories of the some 10,000 dugongs that apparently normally inhabit the area... but disappeared some 2 months early this year...
still the cruise on the Shotover cat was good to do.



Oh, and we saw "Jamie" from "the farmer wants a wife" looking for tourists to take to the pearl farm just a few k's away from the resort... no sign of a "wife" though...

Today in Carnarvon, North West WA...
took a ride out on the "1 mile jetty" in a little train, a bit of history from the old shipping days... pity the "train" is painted up to look like Thomas the Tank Engine's little brother



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Ihr Lieben ,

genießt das Leben, die Straßen und Wege mit Eurer LT !
Ich fuhr 14731 km in Australien mit meinem besten Freund Tom; aber es zieht mich immer noch zurück in dieses herrliche und gastfreundliche Land!
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So far so good... bike's trip meter says 7888.8km (gps was saying a little less than that... surprise, surprise!)
Sunny 27-28 degree days, just a little windy, but pretty nice to ride in with the right gear. Still too many dead straight road sections.. keep checking the rear, we are going for Broome about 1400k's away.. I can still see tread pattern at the centre, and the sides are fine. Running slightly lower pressures (42 rear) with the trailer on seems to be helping.

Spent yesterday at Monkey Mia, the famed dolphin interaction area where the dolphins swim up to the beach for feeding... well maybe once-upon-a-time... I think its over-commercialised and over-hyped. Nice little resort there with a lot of people waiting for the dolphins...

2 swam slowly past, about 10 minutes later they swam back again... and that was it. A turtle popped up near the jetty, but it was gone in a flash.
We took a catamaran cruise that goes out to look for dolphins and other sea critters playing.. in 3hrs we saw another 3 dolphins, someone saw a turtle, and we all saw a crab.... but that was it. Great stories of the some 10,000 dugongs that apparently normally inhabit the area... but disappeared some 2 months early this year...
still the cruise on the Shotover cat was good to do.



Oh, and we saw "Jamie" from "the farmer wants a wife" looking for tourists to take to the pearl farm just a few k's away from the resort... no sign of a "wife" though...

Today in Carnarvon, North West WA...
took a ride out on the "1 mile jetty" in a little train, a bit of history from the old shipping days... pity the "train" is painted up to look like Thomas the Tank Engine's little brother



A few more pics up on my photobucket page HERE, easier than trying to post them all.

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Lieber Hartmut, hat an dich gedacht 2 gestern, als wir in den Bereichen Hammersley ritt und begann sehen den steilen roten Hügeln, sie in grün ar sind derzeit bedeckt, da so viel regen upin wurde der Nord-West in den vergangenen Monaten. Es ist harte Arbeit, aber wir genießen es. Ich habe neue Hinterreifen heute so viel weniger Sorgen um Reiten! Beste Wünsche von uns beiden ... Chris & Kerry


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Another update... not so good this time.
We've been travelling the north-west of WA, (oh, and I got the spare rear tyre fitted in Karratha... $140 just to fit a tyre, thank you! .....on top of the $270 the tyre cost in Perth) so making our way to Broome. All good missing the huge 4-trailer road trains and stray animals (cattle, goats, emus, and eagles & hawks munching on roadkill)..) and then as we are on the last and longest between fuel stops stretch (Sandfire Roadhouse to near Broome - 286k's), Kerry wanted a roadside rest-stop for 10 or 15 mins before the last hour of riding... so we looked for a stop that had shade and toilet facilities (rough as the are..and knowing they were nearly all red gravel off-road).
Well we picked a goodie... trouble was once we'd slowed and turned into it, the rest area was about 100 metres off-road and a dirt track.... and as it turned out the dirt track had some deep potholes covered in red dusty sand... almost invisible!

Got about 40 meters in OK, then hit some ruts and then a sand-filled pot hole at about 10-15kph, the bike suddenly fish-tailed and both bike and trailer flipped on its side. Kerry's air-bag jacket went off, but I don't think it really helped in this case.
Some minor damage to the bike that I should be able to fix, its still very rideable.
Some minor cosmetic damage to the trailer, no real drama there...
Worst part is that Kerry's sore ankle turned out to be fractured, she's in plaster and we won't get to see much of Broome.
She was planning to fly home in 3 days anyway for a break while I rode on through NT and into Queensland where she was due to fly back and meet up with me.... but looks like she'll be laid up for 6 weeks healing.. maybe an op to come also if needed.

Oh well, shit happens... could have been much worse than it was!
BTW, Broome is hot and sticky and 34 deg C...





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Sorry to hear about the mishap, that red dust looks awful. Kerry's air jacket works then, just needed the "ankle extensions "
How are you both ?
The bike and trailer on its side is not a very pretty site. Glad to hear they are still OK to go.
As you said, could have been worse.
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You're in our thoughts, take care.

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Hartmut...LOL, sure does suck, thanks for your thoughts.

Hilton, we are OK... memories of Paris and my mishap....
Will hire a car for 2 or 3 days so Kerry can still get to see some of Broome, like Cable Beach, before flying home Sat as planned. She has to organise to see a specialist in Sydney, maybe needs a plate & screw... perhaps she can get them from the spare parts draw at her work....

Will have a good look at the bike this morning, bent MOP, windshield arm disconnected somehow, bent brake pedal and a few plastic scrapes are the worst of it I think.
I know not to go down dirt tracks... really didn't want to, but when the princess needs a break..... just got more than she expected!

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Awfully bad luck, mate. I hope that it is smooth sailing for both of you from now on!

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She has to organise to see a specialist in Sydney, maybe needs a plate & screw... perhaps she can get them from the spare parts draw at her work....

Will have a good look at the bike this morning, bent MOP, windshield arm disconnected somehow, bent brake pedal and a few plastic scrapes are the worst of it I think.
I know not to go down dirt tracks... really didn't want to, but when the princess needs a break..... just got more than she expected!

best to you & Rena!
afternoon Chris,..agggghhhhhhhhhhhhh orrible sight...nah not the plaster cast.... the bike on it's side....tut typical of SWMO complaining about these sore extremities when much worse has already happened...

I spose I could have forwarned you about dirt/dust tracks...Rhonda an I were going to St Albans here up around the Hawksbury...couple of years ago now thankfully...drought conditions this dirt road suddenly appeared from tarmac...hmmmmmm not happy Jan... andway tippie toe stuff...rally cars or whoever had been grinding the dirt into very finer particles, and of course pushing it out to the outside part of the single lane road.... The blind corners I thought could have presented me as being a bonnet mascot with the dipsticks that drive thinking they can stop on a 5c piece, so...went a little wider around this right hander, just as a thought on self preservation,.. and then the handlebars went from right to left really quick ...I can sorta remember thinking "huh" and then poor Beryl was starting to go down....I can somehow see Rhonda travelling over the top of me, we certainly weren't going probably anymore than 15-20kph. Intercom cables got ripped out from the helmets..ok...we both ended up looking like we had been rolled in flour...Rhonda got up from the middle of the road and then lay down on the side, shaken and stirred. I had a 3 litre container of icy water in the side bag so she used that as something to keep her cool (stinking hot of course)...bugger ...first accident since spending two weeks in hospital as a 16 year old riding a Triumph T110 650cc.....some 38 years previously (?)
Needed a hand from a passing rally driver to get Beryl up and had to park some 50m down the road to get "firmer" ground... We carried on down this poxy track to St Albans, had an orange juice in the local pub, looking a "right roughie couple"...hahahh and then travelled an alternate tarmac road back...nah....dont go down dirt tracks on Beryl anymore. All the way home I'm thinking "need to give Beryl a wash"...dust was everywhere...didn't want to wipe it at all as it would probably scratch the paintwork...mutter mutter...Beryl got another bubble bath when we got home.....Rhonda also had a bubble bath but inside...hahahh

What's a MOP?...brain seems to have gone to sleep somewhat here at work... No doubt you have seen my "plumber vehicle" mishap some months ago that cost him almost $4k.. I think I only needed to replace the tip over wing black plastic cover on my dirt episode..so fingers crossed. hmmmm speaking of fingers..did you hurt your right hand thumb at all...that seems a common injury, my thumb has never been the same since...

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Bulldust is a fine talcum powder-like dust that is very common on outback Australian tracks. It often occurs in areas where the track gets wet then dries and breaks up into fine dust. It is particularly prevalent in areas in the far north where it is boggy in the wet season and bone dry in the dry when the majority of traffic breaks up the track.
Bulldust is very deceptive. Looking out your front windscreen it looks like smooth hard patches but in fact it usually is a fine covering of dust over a deep hole. Driving through bulldust at speed is very dangerous - try to avoid bulldust at all times. It can cause damage if sucked into engines too, so in very dusty areas you should have a filter on your air intake and check it regularly.

I hit a pocket of black talcum powder while riding the Cannonball Run in Thredbo on my mountain bike, I was sure I had broken ribs and it took 6 months to recover.

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Hi guys...
Phil, sounds almost exactly like your lose, although I'm inclined to think the trailer weight and maybe its wheels hitting some variable dust hole also precipitated the wild L/R whiplash fishtail that flipped us over... thats why I think Kerry broke her ankle, we didn't just tip over but got thrown down hard on our side.

Greg, you're right it looked like a solid track I was following, there was already a caravan down the end of the track, but it went pear-shaped real quick as soon as I saw the sand (red bulldust).

A MOP is a mick-o-peg, the highway pegs.... great little item.

The right tip-bar frame seems bent up, right windscreen actuator arm broke its mount.
A few other things.... I've jerry-rigged the windscreen mechanism with duct tape and some hard velcro for packing, it should last the trip.
Insurance notified... I expect a fairly hefty damages tag because of all the plastic bits that are scuffed up or broken and the tip frame will be interesting to see just whats happened underneath. Will leave that to Procycles when I get back in June....

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Damn just read this, glad you are ok, could have been a lot worse. fractured ankle what a bummer kerry hope you are not in to much pain our thoughts are with you both. I know it to late but, I NEVER travel up gravel of any kind on the LT and especially with my trailer, the front wheel just seems to slip out and down it goes other riders have a go at me I dont care anymore bugger ther gravel...

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Hi Linton, thanks for your thoughts.

We managed to get a couple of days sightseeing in Broome by hiring a car... Kerry slid into the back with leg up, while I chauffered.... hey, hang on a minute, thats what I do all the time!
Nice place Broome, liked the Chinatown area for shops..we bought a bunch of T-shirts for family gifts.. seemed the right time to do it.
Also bought some stuff at Yuen Wings General Store, it is great ( like a little piece of Hong Kong, Hilton!)

Went to the famous Cable Beach... very pretty stretch of sand, but... no swimming!

We saw the croc on the news that night..

Kerry managed to see a few pearl shops.. can't keep a woman away from pretty bling...


The other end of Cable Beach, Ganthaume Point, is incredibly red from iron ore... and just offshore at low tide you can see dinosaur footprints.. we didn't get to do that..


As one who works in the film industry, I'd totally forgotten that Broome has Australia's oldest garden theatre.. Sun City Pictures... that was fun to have look around, but we didn't go see a movie.. they still run 7 days a week though!



Packed Kerry off on a flight this morning (she's home in Sydney now) and I got a patched up bikey and the trailer and rode on to Fitzroy Crossing. No sightseeing here unfortunately, tomorrow its a 6 or so hour ride to Kununurra.... nearly into NT.

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Hilton is missing his "travel fix", so here's the next installment...

OK, so lots of riding in the last couple of days.... currently in Darwin after Kununurra then Katherine (NT) yesterday. The roads in some sections are in atrocious condition after the cyclone/floods.. very patchy and lots of speeding up then slowing down to as much as 20kph to negotiate the bad ones... that makes it a lot more tiring.

Kununurra is the last big town in WA before you cross into the Northern Territory. It's near the famous Lake Argyle... which is roughly where the Argyle Diamond mine is... apparently biggest diamond mine in the world.. or so I read somewhere. They have pink diamonds found nowhere else. They also have other colours not quite as expensive.. so Kerry got a nice little "get well" pressy shipped home, which she received this afternoon (yes, I'm still feeling very guilty for dumping it!)



Poor girl gets an op on Friday on the ankle.. so I hope it helps her heal... funny thing is.. the "mascot" on the bike is a "bandaged bear" and has its right foot and left hand all bandaged up..... hope it doesn't want a diamond too!

Back to Kununurra... lt's full of aboriginals..as are all northern Oz towns/cities.. (not that different to the ones up the road at home.. most love their grog). Great aboriginal art galleries in town, with some ridiculous prices..but if that's your thing...
Right behind the town is a national park (missed the name) but locally called the mini Bungle Bungles... a small narrow gorge with fascinating rock features and a few old boabs..









The roads into the Kimberleys are long... like all the roads, but the scenery changes along the way and makes it quite interesting... if you forget about the long boring bits..
I nearly ran over a snake's head at one point... need to go back through the bike video and see how close it was to my foot!



Unfenced cattle are left to wander around the roads up here, so its not unusual to suddenly come across a cow or bull or a small herd at the side of the road grazing.. or worse on the road and not knowing which way to go (I've got that on video somewhere)... I've lost count of the number of dead cattle on the side that the road trains take out at night, and the guy at the roadhouse said a Greyhound bus took out at least one of them too.. eerrrk.



Road trains... 3 or 4 bogeys on a semi... big wind rush after its passed, depending on which way the wind is blowing. I've pretty much got it nailed now when to duck and when I don't need to...
at least there's far less of them up here in NT than there was around the mining areas of North-west WA


btw.. that last one is number 4... I'm sitting on 100kph by the GPS on cruise (in WA)

Onto Katherine.. not much to say except I stayed there last night, but really should spend a week or 2 around the Katherine Gorge, etc etc... that'll be for another time when Kerry & I come back with a 4x4.. Darwin to Broome... I'd better start saving!



And onto Darwin... only pain riding up to here is that I know I have to then backtrack the same 300 or so km's through Katherine again before heading south so I can get to Qld... oh,well.. had to come see it! I did pass "The Ghan" on the way through at Adelaide River township as it headed south.. what timing and I have it on video!

Darwin is famous for 2 things... getting bombed during WWII by the japs, and getting flattened by Cyclone Tracy in 1974. They've done a nice job with fixing it up...
cosmopolitan waterfront area with cafe's and restaurants... nice beach area with stingers and loud abo's.. oh well, so much for nirvana







about 11,350km's so far
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Thanks Chris, I feel better already.
Only two things.
Don't forget the famous "Darwin Stubbie"
There, that makes three things
We want a picture.
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Sorry Hilton... never saw a Darwin Stubbie, though I do recall hearing of them in the past! As a non-beer drinker, not really something I'll seek out.

Left Darwin yesterday morning, and did 830kms to Renner Springs (what a boring ride all the way, just flat scrubby countryside)... only to get hit for the most expensive fuel I've seen yet.. $2.13 per litre!!!
On top of that paid $90 to sleep in a crappy dog-box of a cabin (too tired to set up the camper) and had to kill at least 14 mozzies before I could inhabit the room.
But it did come with its own little salamander-lizard thing who was crawling around the ceiling, and baby frog in the bathroom! Maybe the mozzies were its dinner... sorry salamander.....

Did have a really good dinner of home-made meat pie, mash and vege's though, and for only $8! That's a steal out here. I didn't ask where the meat came from......

Holed up for tonight at Barkly Homestead.. about 300 or so km's from the Qld border. Heading for Mt Isa tomorrow.

...and an update on the princess... she had an operation yesterday morning to screw her ankle together (don't have the gory details yet) but is now home and resting up courtesy of a good friend who picked her up from hospital.
Still about 12 days (I think) till I get home, having cut out all the North Qld section of the trip....

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