KARALEE ROCKS: Saturday, August 1st, 2020

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KARALEE ROCKS: Saturday, August 1st, 2020

Postby Cookie » Wed Jul 08, 2020 8:39 pm

Details are coming together.
Meet at the Lakes Roadhouse at 8am, top up and be ready for 8.30am departure on Saturday 1st August.
Winding our way to through the back roads to Brookton (arrive around 10am)
Meandering through the Wheatbelt, passing through Kondinin around lunchtime
Then head North East and pop out onto Great Eastern Highway near Southern Cross, turn Right for the run to Karalee Rocks (on the North side of the Hwy with Toilets onsite) for the overnight Bush camp on Saturday 1st August. we may be joined by a contingent from Kalgoorlie if all goes well.
Note: This will be around 500km for the day, with around half on dirt roads.
The return route on Sunday 2nd August will continue the Counterclockwise route back to metro by mid to late afternoon.
Mixture of tar and dirt roads, route and distance to be confirmed - anticipate ~ 1100km round trip.

There are other riders planning on a bitumen only ride to meet at the campsite - let me know if you would prefer this route and I will put you in touch with them.

You can register via the Club website.

Register your interest on the Club website: https://www.bmwmccwa.asn.au/
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Re: KARALEE ROCKS: Saturday, August 1st, 2020

Postby Carl.M » Mon Jul 27, 2020 5:58 pm

Hi Cookie,

I just put my name down for the ride as I plan on riding out with you guys on the Saturday and then most likely continuing on for a 3-5 days or so as a pretty much standard ride through the gold fields. If I can't come up with something more creative then it would be Lake Perkollil, Kookynie, Menzies, Lake Ballard and Credo and then maybe cut across to Bullfinch and meander back. But I may scrap that idea and head up towards Mt Augusta/Kennedy Ranges.

If anybody else has a few days they want to kill then I am happy to team up with others and look at other destinations but I am almost certainly heading somewhere for sometime.

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Re: KARALEE ROCKS: Saturday, August 1st, 2020

Postby Goldie1 » Mon Jul 27, 2020 7:25 pm

Trying to organise a leave pass is there a road ride and where is it leaving from
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Re: KARALEE ROCKS: Saturday, August 1st, 2020

Postby Cookie » Tue Jul 28, 2020 7:29 pm

Road riders will also congregate and head out from the Lakes - meet at 8 for 8.30 departure.
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Re: KARALEE ROCKS: Saturday, August 1st, 2020

Postby nickcoleman » Wed Jul 29, 2020 10:42 am

FYI, as of Wednesday

    Forecast & Sunrise/set:

  • Sat Perth AM: min 7C, no rain
  • Sat Southern Cross PM: max 17C, no rain, sunset 17:30
  • Sun Southern Cross AM: min 4C, no rain, sunrise 06:50
  • Sun Perth PM: max 19C, no rain
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Re: KARALEE ROCKS: Saturday, August 1st, 2020

Postby Swampy » Thu Jul 30, 2020 1:06 pm

FYI Nick, As for Saturday.............I will be snug as a bug in a rug in the Southern Cross Motel wondering what size steak I should have for tea in the Restaurant to accompany a few refreshing cold beers while enjoying a few laughs with Wes and Ross before retiring to my room to catch Sunday's weather forecast on TV!!

I would probably then crawl into bed to read a book and to maybe contemplate whether I should turn down the electric blanket and air conditioning if it was getting a tad too warm?

I would awake Sunday morning to hot shower and to make use of the facilities to make a refreshing brew while I pondered how many rashers of bacon I would have with my eggs and sausages?

I may even spare a thought or too and a laugh with the lads as we make bets on how many times in the night you had to climb out in the cold to relieve yourself?

Just Saying mate!!

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Re: KARALEE ROCKS: Saturday, August 1st, 2020

Postby Cookie » Thu Jul 30, 2020 7:41 pm

Looks like the weather is going to be great for a Motorbike ride :)

We will travel via Corrigin, rather than Kondinin, in order to help make up some time.

As has been pointed out, bring your warm gear, as it will be cold overnight :) Perfect camping weather for my liking.

Make sure you are at the Lakes, fueled up and ready for the briefing prior to departure at 8.30, as with the large group, we will need to keep moving.

We will pick up more riders as we pass through Brookton.
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Re: KARALEE ROCKS: Saturday, August 1st, 2020

Postby Goldie1 » Thu Jul 30, 2020 7:54 pm

Sounds great gotta get up early sat morning. Any ideas of numbers yet
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Re: KARALEE ROCKS: Saturday, August 1st, 2020

Postby Swampy » Thu Jul 30, 2020 9:31 pm

24 Registered riders Goldie!!

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Re: KARALEE ROCKS: Saturday, August 1st, 2020

Postby Cookie » Fri Jul 31, 2020 7:33 pm

Hello Goldie

Around 30 riders - 6-8 on road and 20 odd for the mixed route :), see you there.
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Re: KARALEE ROCKS: Saturday, August 1st, 2020

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Re: KARALEE ROCKS: Saturday, August 1st, 2020

Postby Swampy » Sun Aug 02, 2020 5:56 pm

A good gathering at The Lakes yesterday morning with the majority of people opting for Cookies Dirt Road Ride!!

A bit of confusion reigned as I took the lead to show Andrew where Talbot Road was and I happily toodled along to the turn off unaware that a group of Dirt road riders had attached themselves to us!! :lol:

The dilemma was sorted further down the track when Cookies group arrived and Andrews group was reduced to seven as we travelled through low wet mist and cloud to Beverly for an elderly gentleman comfort stop!! :roll:

It appears that you can't always rely on your GPS to work as it should especially in country areas and Andrews GPS took us off in the wrong direction for a few k's before a stop to check on a good a reliable old road map saw us back tracking to Beverly to head off through Mawson along some terrific quiet country roads onto Quairading and Bruce Rock where we waited in vain for the Dirt Riders to catch up only to find twenty minutes later that they had beaten there and had already passed through town cleaning up most of the meat pies available at the servo!!

Our erstwhile group of clean road riding hooked it on a fast run into Merredin were we stopped for a fuel and meal break.

On the next leg into Southern Cross I was left in everyone's wake as they sped off into the horizon while I cruised along obeying the road rules as some of these country cops can be rather clever at catching the unwary out!! :mrgreen:

I pulled into the Southern Cross Motel where Wes who had booked in and dropped his gear off was just leaving to travel with the mob to Karalee Rocks to visit the camp site!!
Feeling a tad weary, This old man decided to book in and rest up at the motel, where after a hot shower and a rest thought about looking for a refreshing drop of liquid amber fluid to quench my first!!
I was informed that the Railway Tavern was a short stroll away from the motel so after receiving some basic directions from the motel manager set for around 1800 in search of a drink!!

Approx. 1 hour later having seemingly walked for endless miles without sighting the Tavern I headed back towards the motel with a full moon the only light available to illuminate my path through the endless black back streets of Southern Cross with barking dogs my only company as I passed endless houses in the gloom!! :shock:

Shades of Digger and His Royal Griceness plight on the Canning Stock Route haunted me as I began to have doubts about my ability to survive without food and water as I struggled to make my way back to the relative safety of the motel!!
Was I destined succumb to exhaustion as struggled through the endless night with throat parched dry without even getting a sniff of a life saving lager?? :shock: :shock:

Then without warning I suddenly began to feel a rhythmic vibration course through my jacket pocket and my phone began to make phone like sounds!!

Salvation was at hand via the miracle of Telstra Technology as I clicked the receive button and placed the device to my ear and heard Wes say "Hey Swampy Where the F... are you?"
"I don't bloody know" I cried out plaintively in reply
To which he said "Okay wait there and we will meet up with you"!! 8)

A short while later two ghostly figures emerged out of the gloom of a side street and led me back into relative civilisation and guided me to the Palace Hotel where the slow process of my recuperation began in the shape of a pint glass of beer was followed by a large plate of delicious life preserving food!! 8)

Feeling better and brave again after being rescued from the clutches of the dim dark back streets of Southern Cross, I suggested we send a photo of our meals and drinks to the lost poor souls braving the cold night out at Karalee Rocks in order to cheer them a little!! :lol:
Little did I know that the good lads from Kal. had bought sustenance in the shape of a Wheely Bin to them filled with Home Brew to help carry them through the night!! :shock:
I was escorted back to lodgings my able and willing escorts and as is appropriate of a person of my senior years I retired to bed with a cuppa and a good book before the sand man arrived and sleep blessed sleep visited me!! :idea: :idea:

Then I got up and slabbed it back home arriving around 1430 after clocking up around 900kms for the weekend!!

The End of the Road Ride!!

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Of rugged mountain ranges, of droughts and flooding rains.
I love her far horizons, I love her jeweled sea.
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Re: KARALEE ROCKS: Saturday, August 1st, 2020

Postby Goldie1 » Sun Aug 02, 2020 7:55 pm

Biggest turn out for a ride for a while. The BP at southern Cross was full of bikes so 5 of us went over the road for fuel. Well done to Cookie For the dirt and Andrew for the road ,lucky my old shell road map still survives but Andrews GPS came good in the end. Great call by Cookie to have it finish at Karalee Rocks always knew about the old pub that was burnt down but not about all the other infrastructure there. All done in hard ground and solid rock in the early 1900s with picks and shovels. Recommend to anybody an excellent camping spot. A lot to explore there. I think everyone enjoyed the whole weekend and the rain held of until nearly home
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