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Tuesday, 8 May 2018

05/05/2018 Glendambo South Australia

Not the best time of the day for me but for this ride but at 4am it was out of bed after an early 10pm bedtime.

On the road and still half asleep on our way over to our town's only ATM to get the needed start time on the transaction receipt. This was a ride where we needed to ride a minimum of 1000 km or 621 miles within 24 hours while needing to arrive at the destination and check in between 11:30 and midday local time (GMT + 9.5).

The outward bound journey was more about getting there on time stopping only for fuel, food and nature/rest  stops as needed. All was ok and we arrived at 11:20 but just looking at the pictures I took forgot to reset the camera time back an hour when our DST ended a few weeks ago.

The sun wasn't above the horizon at 6:50 am when I took this. The hills at this intersection are where the Yourumbulla caves are on the Quorn to Hawker Road.

We had an hour and a half of night riding before I took the photo and I lost count of the number of kangaroos I saw in that time. Luckily most just stood by the side of the road or hopped away into scrub. Sometimes one or more would jump across the road but nearer the end of the driving light range.


Our Honda ST1100A with some of the other bikes parked in Front of the Glendambo Pub

 
 
 
 
 
Before it got crowded inside I took some pictures.

Dining Room



A wool bale set up



I haven't seen one of these for almost a life time - Pianola


Our friend Pete just bought this one BMW R1200RT and on it's first long distance ride with the new owner.


The Glendambo Hotel. The location itself has a hotel, two roadhouses and staff housing.


We refuelled the bike at the BP roadhouse before leaving for the ride back home.

 
Because we don't travel up this way often I planned on a few stops for some pictures on the return trip. The highway which is part of the Adelaide to Darwin route passes between a few dried out salt lakes and some view/rest stops have been provided.
 
The first stop is Lake Hart which more tourist orientated with information about the area. For the night riding I need to do at times I would not to be without the driving lights that can be seen each side of the wind screen.
 
 
The next stop is at Island Lagoon North and an area that is quite similar to the Nullarbor Plain in that there are very few trees around.
 


 
The next stop is at Woomera where I went to have a look at the rocket park
 
 
 
 




After Woomera there is Island Lagoon South for a few more pictures. 
 


The Stuart Highway heading South and towards home.

 
The total ride distance for the day was 1026 km (from Sat Nav) with the next image showing the route from home to home. I went South At Port Augusta so as not to repeat the early morning ride.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Sunday, 8 April 2018

7th April 2018 - North Star Hotel Melrose SA

Only a little one just up the road for us today.

Melrose is 75 minutes away from home and we went to the North Star Hotel for lunch today.

Heather ordered some squid (calamari)

 
while I had fish and chips
 

One of our other club members turned up as well. Others were supposed to attend but decided not to attend so only three of us turned up which was better than cancelling the day altogether.

My bike to the left keeping company with our friend's bike.

 
I took some pictures inside the hotel as well
 
This was next to our table and made out of what looks like tree branches and old wooden planks

 
Looking into the bar area of the hotel. fairly quiet today


Outside there a couple of very unusual motor homes but more than likely just set up for the appearance and used for accommodation


This one is an old army truck


Not sure if this two units or both trucks being used for one accommodation unit.


This old wagon left over from when bullocks or horses hauled them


Heather wanted this in her garden



Our ride today was a round trip of 235 km (146 miles) as shown in the next image.
Live map here https://goo.gl/maps/HPcnL75sLem

















Monday, 5 March 2018

2018-03-04 The Big Dice Winnininnie SA

It's been awhile since we've been anywhere on the bike and with it just back on the road yesterday I decided to go for short ride today.

With The Big Dice about an hour away from home and not having seen them before it was time we made the effort. There's nothing other than a few pictures online about them so who put them there and why is a mystery.

We ran non stop with a minor hiccup being an emu beside our side of the road and apart from avoiding few dead hoppers (roo) on the road it was easy run up. Lots of emus in the paddocks on the Northern side of the road as well. Trip map https://goo.gl/maps/F97fvKks6dB2

Passing through Yunta we noticed a few bikes at the Caltex and we saw then again heading East while we were heading West back to home.


Heather in front of the dice


Just managed to get the rear end of a B triple


Didn't wait for the camera to focus before hitting the shutter and it looks as if the picture turned out ok.


Another view of the dice


With the rail line close by we walked next to it for this shot.

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

2008/9 Trips to Python Pool Western Australia

Here's a little ride we used to quite often while we were living at point A near Karratha WA on the map. This would also make a good side trip for anyone doing the around Australia thing. Pictures are taken from some of  the trips we did to write this up.

Point A is a truck stop where I lived for two years while working for their other garage in the town centre of Karratha. The things we do for free accommodation etc.

The route is here http://goo.gl/maps/WAVl0

Points A to E is the first 90km sealed section of the 400km road to Tom Price. Point E to F is a dirt road leading to sealed section through the Millstream Chichester National Park. Point I is a camping ground inside the park. That's as far as I've gone with the bike but the road does continue on back up north to the main national 1 hwy. The last 40kms sealed section is full of high speed turns and one 3rd gear hill if you want to maintain the 110km/h limit.

A couple of maps showing the points where the pictures were taken.

 


We took advantage at point B on the map and had a rest stop and took pictures of a south bound train stopped in a siding waiting for a loaded north bound iron ore train. This line runs from Dampier to Tom Price.


At point C we get held up for an empty triple header on another line that crosses the road just before the road crosses a river. This line is from Cape Lambert To Panawonica and crosses the previously mention line above a few kms south of here.



The ford crossing for the road with Heather looking at a loaded north bound train which was taken a little while later.


Next stop is point D where the Tom Price line crosses a river


Taken from underneath the bridge looking at the bike.


The sealed stuff ends at point E and about 1km later a left turn takes you along a dirt road to the sealed road inside the national park.

We stopped at point G and did the 300 metre walk to the top of the hill.



Heather waiting at the tree in the centre of the above picture for me to catch up.


A couple of shots looking in a northwesterly direction from top of the hill we walked up




The bike in the car park


Can't forget a picture of Sturt's desert pea which is fairly well wide spread in at least most dry areas of the country


Heather at Python Pool (turn off at point H) feeding the fishes. We all ways had a picnic lunch here. There's water here all year around and people do swim here as well.

 
A section of the cliff face on the other side of the pool.
 
 
And the tourist info plaque though I never saw any of the plant mentioned

 
And of course me on the bike taken at the start of the sealed stuff on the way back home (back then anyway) Note the end 110km/h sign for the dirt road.