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post #1 of 15 Old 02-23-2013, 02:28 AM Thread Starter
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That ride I was talking about.......

You may or may not remember, but last year I was talking about a ride from Cairns in Australia's tropical north down through the middle to go to the Moto Grand Prix.
Well I did it, 17 days, 8,400 klm and no problem with the bike.
My buddy on the KTM990 (AKA The Smirking KTM Rider) ran into some problems with the 990, poor thing didn't like the heat.
And it got hot, thanks to the computerised dash on the orange thing we saw temperatures of 46 C or about 115 F in your numbers.
Anyhow, thought I'd share a couple of photos I took along the way.
You've got to go a long way to find scenery as rich and rewarding as this, I was so moved that despite the murderous temperature rise that hit as soon as you stopped moving, I had to record the unique vista.

I was heading south at the time, so this is the view to the north:


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and the view to the east:




the south:



and of course the west:



These were taken on a cattle "property" or "station", ranch to people in the U.S. called Davenport Downs. It's one of the larger ones around here. When we were getting directions from one of the workers earlier he began thus: "well, you head on down that road there,to the front gate, the property line, that's about 125 kilometres, and then you turn right and head to the main road.....................
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Wow! That's a great big empty!!!

Sounds like you had a really good time!

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Man, what a ride. The words "vast" and "desolate" come to mind. Did you see any of these?





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I thought we had straight roads here!! That looks like a scene out of Mad Max. Didn't see any cows either. What would they eat?

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My buddy on the KTM990 (AKA The Smirking KTM Rider)
Ya, those KTM riders are a bunch of A-holes !!!!

Seriously that is some desolate looking country and I can almost feel the heat just looking at them. Post up some more of the ride.

Gray-haired riders donít get that way from pure luck.

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post #6 of 15 Old 02-25-2013, 05:27 AM Thread Starter
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Flash and you others, thanks for the replies.
And no, Planalp, didn't see any dead star wars critters. Did see a lot of dead kangaroos but that's nothing unusual in rural Australia.
I have some more piccies but I have to apologize in advance for the poor quality. I didn't take a camera with me apart from the little one in the ipod because TSKR had some super dooper digital SLR which would be all we would need. Unfortunately the camera didn't like the shaking it got and the auto-focus mode sort of worked and sort of didn't. Result was 90% soft focus shots.
The map is my first attempt at playing with "Quikmaps" to give you an idea of the route:


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Hmmmm, don't know why that came out so small but you get the idea.
Klr4evr, yes, we also wondered about the cattle. Those that we saw were in pretty good condition, no ribs poking out and so on. This is "channel country", very flat but subject to inundation when the big monsoon rains hit further north .On their website, they say that a quarter of the property goes under water when it floods, thats nearly a million acres. 2012 was a big wet season and there will still be feed for more than a year.
Occasionally we would come across a patch of bitumen with "NO PARKING NEXT 3 KLM" , the road would be wider that normal with a centreline marked and "piano keys" set about a mile apart:



These are emergency landing strips for the RFDS (Royal Flying Doctor Service).
People, especially tourists get into trouble out there way too often. There has been three deaths in that area since we passed through. We carried extra fuel and water and an EPIRB just in case.

We stopped at the homestead for fuel, they were happy to see us, don't get many visitors. They had one of those really old hand powered pumps:



We were hoping to make Birdsville that day but got slowed by the heat,dust, low angle sun, gates, cattle, and the kangaroos. We made it to a lonely spot on the map marked as Betoota which consists of an abandoned pub.



Those tanks contained nothing but dead bugs and dust. We were down to our last couple of litres of water but we were only a hundred miles from Birdsville. We broke out the medicinal whiskey and threw our weary bodies on the ground......
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Awesome landscape. What is an EPIRB?
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Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon, talks to the satellites, gives your GPS position. Set that sucker off and expect to see an aircraft within a couple of hours.
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Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon, talks to the satellites, gives your GPS position. Set that sucker off and expect to see an aircraft within a couple of hours.
Do you get charged for such rescue services in Australia? Here in Murca, I believe there are 7 states that have laws on the books allowing them to legally bill people for the cost of their rescue. Only one, New Hampshire, actually does so and recently billed some lost Eagle Scout over $25,000 for the cost of his rescue and I read an article the other day that said NH is planning on sticking with that policy. The other 7 states apparently do not actively pursue charging people for their emergency rescue services even though they can legally do so.

It's an interesting debate that I suspect may heat up more in the future as states claim to be increasingly strapped for cash.



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