16 November 2010
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10 November 2010
Surprisingly there is almost no road kill at the moment as well.
I declined an offer of accommodation with a mate in Alice, not nice to turn up and give everyone a cold. So I am ensconced in a nice motel without the A/c on.
09 November 2010
Away at about 6am I kept a wary eye on storms off to the south and heading north. I managed to outrun two of them but a third appeared over the horizon directly in front. Lots of lightning hitting the ground.
As I got closer it looked quite scary. This was an open plain with either no trees or very short scrub and the GoldWing has two shiny aerials sticking up the back. I actually folded them down in anticipation. However I had visions of lightning striking under my armpits.
Thankfully, I came upon a roadside rest stop with a shelter - of sorts. Just a flat roof over a table. But there was room to park the bike and it was a metal frame so I figured it would act as a faraday cage.
I put on the wets and waited.
The strikes got closer, coming from where I was headed so there would have been no escape.
Soon the bangs and flashes were simultaneous and very loud -scary.
Then came the rain. It bucketed down almost literally with the water also pouring through large gaps in the roof and wind blowing it everywhere. Nothing to do but hunker down and wait.
07 November 2010
The weather was still quite cool, in the low 30's so the riding was still pleasant.
We had a short stop in McKinlay to check Ian's fuel flow and not long after we were in Cloncurry for a fast fuelup.
Not so. The pump ran very slowly and took about four minutes to put in 23 liters. So the whole stop took six minutes pull in to back on the road. Not so good.
Back on the road again and we enjoyed the run in to Mt Isa over the rugged country. It makes a nice change after all the flat stuff since Dalby the day before.
By now the day was rather warm - 36C and the run to Camooweal was draining. But we arrived before the real heat of the afternoon hit and are now holed up in a nice air conditioned room back of the pub.
Ian spent a bit of time attaching Charleen's HID driving lights.
Only trouble here is there is very little Internet coverage so I'll try uploading via the iPhone.
06 November 2010
04 November 2010
10 September 2010
07 September 2010
On the road again before 9am, our goal today is to meet up with Drain at Ebeneezer and then go to Yulara to witness the start of his ride.
The ride up the highway was uneventful, only stopping at Marla for fuel and the SA/NT border for photos.
We arrived at Ebeneezer and found Drain, who had been resting up for a day. We all went the two more hours to Yulara. We had a couple of hours to spare so went and got some photos of the Rock and checked on the timing of the servo's cash register. It was a few minutes out from real time and as Drain's ride is to be timed we had to calculate what time to be at the counter to get a 7pm receipt. The blokes running the servo were helpful and intrigued.
At 7pm on the dot, we got the receipt and Drain headed out the door, on his bike, and was gone.
The rest of us headed back out on the highway and had a nice dinner at Curtain Springs roadhouse before travelling on to Ebeneezer, our digs for the night.
I couldn't sleep and as there is no phone service at Ebeneezer, I left early and traveled to Erldunda. From here I can keep an eye on Drain's SPOT tracker while I wait for the servo to open and Tack, Dave and Grumpy to catch up.
06 September 2010
But they had given us a Honeymoon Suite!!
Now I think Tack is a nice bloke, but I ain't sleeping in the same bed. He snores.
So we dismantled the settee and converted it to a bed. Ian was there too and slept on the settee cushions. I had the nice queensize bed all to myself and managed a good night's sleep.
In the morning, after the settee was re-assembled, quite a few FarRiders gathered for breakfast at the BP Servo where they do a pretty good burger-with-the-lot. Add coffee for the perfect start to a travelling day.
Then a few of us went back towards Horocks Pass. Tack had yet to see the place in daylight and we also stopped at the Banner Shot Location. This is a spot on the road near Horrocks where he once stopped for a photo which became the banner photo that adorns the FarRider Forum pages. he once challenged us all to get a similar shot and there have been several examples over the years. So we took a few more.
This is one of those places, like Horrocks Pass itself, that will forever remind FarRiders of the man who got us all started.
Tack, Grumpy and Dave, and I then set out North along the Stuart Hwy to eventually catch up with Ian who had left earlier for Mt Ebeneezer where he will be resting up for a whole day. More to come on that.
There isn't much to say about this highway. It is long and straight, but there are a few spectacular spots where the vastness of outback Australia is made apparent.
We made it as far as Coober Pedy and "holed up" for the night in an underground motel. Nice and dark with the lights out.
05 September 2010
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02 September 2010
03 August 2010
10 January 2010
We have decided to return to our own site so there will be no more posts here on Blogger.