Lake Dumbleyung and surrounds - February 2017

Plan, Organize and Report your Rides

Lake Dumbleyung and surrounds - February 2017

Postby spacey1 » Sat Feb 25, 2017 3:49 pm

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

1: Dumbleyung / BlueBird K7 / Lake Dumbleyung

Acting on a spur of the moment invitation from one of our country members Friday week ago, a couple of Beemers enjoyed a comfortable cruise down to Narrogin for the weekend.

An early start (7am on Saturday) from home, we bee-lined south down the Brookton Highway. A dose of dirt roads were tossed in the mix to ensure that our wheels were suitably coloured on arrival.

Image

Stopping for a break at Pumphrey's Bridge, we were surprised (not as surprised as some of the locals though) to find a fully-fledged river!

Image

Pumphrey's Bridge on the upper reaches of the Hotham River.

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

On arriving in Narrogin, a plan was hatched to do a little surf-skiing... Lake Dumbleyung should have good water levels, considering the recent rains.
So with a duo of surf skiis atop the Subaru, we headed over to Dumbleyung.

After a peek around the upgraded Sir Donald Campbell park in down-town Dumbleyung, we mozyied over to the service station for some grub.

Wonders will never cease, our very own 'round the world sailer' Robyn M pulled in the Dumbleyung Roadhouse for fuel and a feed.

Image

A conversation ensued about his R1150 GSA with 390,000 km on the clock. The engine has to come apart at 360,000 km to replace both cam chain tensioner slides. All bearings, pistons and rings were within spec, so said engine was reassembled with only the obvious seals and gaskets replaced.
A testament to both the durability of the boxer engines (390,000 km and still in spec) and dumb engineering by BMW that requires an engine dismantle to replace the left side cam chain tensioner slide.

Sir Donald Campbell's Bluebird K7 exhibit has a new home under cover. It's really worth a stop to read a little bit of history.

Image

Driving past the 'Grande Olde Dumbleyung Inn' in Dumbleyung gave us a heads-up on local events. The hotel was still sand-bagged from the recent flood waters.
If you recall, our club had a weekend away at the Inn back in May 2015.

Forum topic: May 2015, Missing Link: Ride to Lake Dumbleyung / Donald Campbell - http://forum.bmwmccwa.asn.au/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=2290&start=30#p11521 (don't forget, right-click, open new window...)

Image

Lake Dumbleyung, yep, there sure is some water in there!

Image

So with some very careful planning around where the surf-skis were to embark from, the route, pick-up points, and a reccy of the final destination, a flooded pond at the edge of the Coblinine River bridge was chosen as the launch point.

Image

Finally time to hit the paddles. It was decided that the more experienced paddlers should own the task of paddling into a swollen river for the estimated 8km paddle to the Dumbleyung Ski Club.
Never having paddled a surf ski before or canoe for that matter, I was tasked with recovery vehicle and photographer duties.

Image

Image

Image

Image

And so our intrepid paddlers floated off into the distance...
Himalayas Royal Enfield Tour 2017; Camp Cook-Off Winner 2017; Kennedy Ranges; Three Oceans Tour Australia; Hyden-Norseman Breakaways; R1200 series final drive repair; Mt Augustus; Bimbijy Station; Around Oz
spacey1
 
Posts: 486
Joined: Tue Aug 10, 2010 8:08 pm

Re: Lake Dumbleyung and surrounds - February 2017

Postby spacey1 » Mon Feb 27, 2017 12:16 pm

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

2: Lake Dumbleyung

Almost 2 weeks after the rain, the Coblinine River Bridge was still only 1 metre above the water.

Image

Upstream from the Coblinine River Bridge there is still a lot of water!

Image

So our Prez and fellow paddler have disappeared down the Coblinine River towards Lake Dumbleyung. About an hour I'm told.
The only thing left to do is take a few photos to record the record water levels and trundle off to the recovery point at the Dumbleyung Ski Club.
Along the Bullock Hills Road, prior to the Ski Club, there is a dirt track turn-off that leads to the point. Waiting for a couple of 4wds to exit, I head down to have a look myself.
Great views of the lake!

Image

And I should be able to see the paddlers coming and give them a soft option, in case the going has got difficult. A pick-up here should save them about a kilometre.
I wait an hour... no sign. Maybe I've missed them?

So off to the Dumbleyung Ski Club to wait...
After an anxious 2nd hour of waiting, our paddlers comes into view over at the point... sigh of relief...

Image

Jeff makes it to land. The look says it all...

Image

Followed several hundred metres later by our Prez...

Image

Congrats all round. Surging river current, dodging logs and trees, and choppy open waters running along the chop instead of into it or with it, all made for a challenging paddle.

Image

Nothing left to do but load the surf skiis and circumnavigate the Lake Dumbleyung.
Himalayas Royal Enfield Tour 2017; Camp Cook-Off Winner 2017; Kennedy Ranges; Three Oceans Tour Australia; Hyden-Norseman Breakaways; R1200 series final drive repair; Mt Augustus; Bimbijy Station; Around Oz
spacey1
 
Posts: 486
Joined: Tue Aug 10, 2010 8:08 pm

Re: Lake Dumbleyung and surrounds - February 2017

Postby spacey1 » Mon Feb 27, 2017 4:21 pm

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

3: Lake Dumbleyung and PussyCat Hill

Taking the turn-off down Kersley Drive, past the 'Caution: DoubleGees Ahead' sign, we wound our way up to the PussyCat Hill Lookout. The 360 degree view from PussyCat Hill is spectacular.

Of course, there is Lake Dumbleyung at 13.5 kilometres long by 6.5 kilometres across.

Image

Donald Campbell could easily have powered his Bluebird across Lake Dumbleyung for a record attempt. This chap in the image is giving it a go!

Image

Sweeping farmlands... This always reminds me of Tuscany for some reason...

Image

Love the colour of our beautiful country...

Image

And the Sir Donald Campbell Memorial...

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

And a shameless plug for our sponsor...

Image

Moving down to the lake-side at the Lake Dumbleyung Yacht Club, the story is quite different from our last visit back in May 2015.

Forum topic: May 2015, Missing Link: Ride to Lake Dumbleyung / Donald Campbell - http://forum.bmwmccwa.asn.au/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=2290&start=30#p11522 (don't forget, right-click, open new window...)

Image

And the boat ramp...

Image

Already a bloody big day, so time to hit the tracks and get back to Narrogin for dinner at the local pub... huge steak, salad and chips... and well earned beer.
Himalayas Royal Enfield Tour 2017; Camp Cook-Off Winner 2017; Kennedy Ranges; Three Oceans Tour Australia; Hyden-Norseman Breakaways; R1200 series final drive repair; Mt Augustus; Bimbijy Station; Around Oz
spacey1
 
Posts: 486
Joined: Tue Aug 10, 2010 8:08 pm

Re: Lake Dumbleyung and surrounds - February 2017

Postby spacey1 » Thu Mar 02, 2017 3:58 pm

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

4: Yealering

OK, Sunday... might be time for moi to get wet in the surf-skiis... We'll head out to Yealering and Lake Yealering.

Noted, Narrogin had 300mm of rain... and the garden sure looks lush.

Image

After a very brief discussion, involving a little mind-reading, it was out to the shed to fit touring pegs to the H-D Road King. If that sounds like no one was getting their bums wet on a surf-ski, well you'd be right.

Fitting foot pegs sounds like a simple task... yes! Anyhow, a couple of hours later, we're ready to thunder. That's Harley speak for riding down the road.

A short and quite interesting 90 kilometres cruise over to Yealering, was completed in quick time. Certainly less time than it took to fit the footpegs...

Our Prez was tasked with the chore of piloting the Road King. Sampling the dark side, so to speak.

Image

The sight that greeted us really was a surprise. Our goal this weekend was to see how the recent rain had affected the dry lakes in the region. And perhaps surf-ski around on them.

Nary a dry lake to be found... Utter disbelief was the most heard expression around.

Image

Image

A local gent I spoke to said that the last time he water-skiied at Yealering was 1985. Looks like plenty of water-skii-able water out there.

Image

Every ski boat had at least a square kilometre of water each... bliss

So I took the opportunity to practice that ancient art of 'walking on water'.

Image

And bless all the 'powers-to-be' for letting it be so...

Image

Image

Transmitting these powers to our Prez, he couldn't resist the temptation to give it a go...

Image

Jeff, on the other hand, was not so 'believing'...

Image

No amount of psychokinesis could rise him up out of the water.

Image

There are believers and non-believers. Dogs obviously don't believe...

Image

Image

Mingor.net has a great set of images (at the end of the webpage) showing the Lake Yealering swimming pool as it has been in recent years.

http://www.mingor.net/localities/yealering.html (don't forget, right-click, open new window...).

Wonder if we could start a rumour that the TS Safari finishes here... Well that where the arrow points...

Image

Overheard after a brief stint in the water behind a ski boat... 'This water-skiing is hellishing good fun. Why haven't I done this before?'

We'll see what happens next...

It's 1 pm and time is getting on. About 3 hours to home. The temperature is hovering around 39 degrees C. Pushing into the searing head wind really was not a lot of fun. Burned up fuel at a greater rate than expected to boot.

'Til next time, spacey... out.


------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Himalayas Royal Enfield Tour 2017; Camp Cook-Off Winner 2017; Kennedy Ranges; Three Oceans Tour Australia; Hyden-Norseman Breakaways; R1200 series final drive repair; Mt Augustus; Bimbijy Station; Around Oz
spacey1
 
Posts: 486
Joined: Tue Aug 10, 2010 8:08 pm

Re: Lake Dumbleyung and surrounds - February 2017

Postby Bozo » Sat Mar 11, 2017 5:32 pm

Nev

According to William Shake Spacey Spear "all of the world's a stage".

Ran into a motorcycle rider at Nannup today who had just come back from Lake Yealering and said that I would not believe the illusion that could be created when a bit of staging gets flooded. I replied that I knew exactly what could happen when mere players found a situation to demonstrate sleight of hand and leg whilst pantalooned and wearing a beard formal cut.

Bozo
Bozo
 
Posts: 1121
Joined: Mon Nov 14, 2011 7:48 pm

Re: Lake Dumbleyung and surrounds - February 2017

Postby spacey1 » Sat Jun 17, 2017 8:49 pm

Club member Jeff sent in this image from Lake Dumbleyung

It is again alive with the sound of racing engines and big speed :shock:

Perth Speed Boat Club was down there on June 10th.

Looks a lot easier than paddling across, Prez :lol:

Perth Speed Boat Club on Lake Dumbleyung
Image
Himalayas Royal Enfield Tour 2017; Camp Cook-Off Winner 2017; Kennedy Ranges; Three Oceans Tour Australia; Hyden-Norseman Breakaways; R1200 series final drive repair; Mt Augustus; Bimbijy Station; Around Oz
spacey1
 
Posts: 486
Joined: Tue Aug 10, 2010 8:08 pm


Return to Rides

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests