Bozo Across Australia

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Re: Bozo Across Australia

Postby Bozo » Tue Oct 10, 2017 3:00 pm

Roxby Downs is the service town for the massive Olympic Dam project.

There is heavy security at the site but you can get a good look at the operation by travelling down the Borefield Road which is part of the Oodnadatta Track. The surface is fine within the extent of the borefield where there is quite a bit of company traffic but it gets very corrugated after that.

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Re: Bozo Across Australia

Postby Bozo » Tue Oct 10, 2017 3:08 pm

Just north of Coober Pedy is an area called the Breakaways accessible by a good gravel road. The scenery is amazing and it is not possible to capture its impact with a simple camera. You can cut across from the Breakaways to the dog proof fence and the Oodnadatta Track.

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Re: Bozo Across Australia

Postby Bozo » Tue Oct 10, 2017 3:15 pm

You see a lot of sky in outback SA. This is the Oodnadatta Track looking east from Coober Pedy.

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Re: Bozo Across Australia

Postby Bozo » Tue Oct 10, 2017 3:20 pm

It is always a happy feeling to arrive at your destination.

Coming into Coober Pedy on the Oodnadatta Track.

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Re: Bozo Across Australia

Postby Bozo » Tue Oct 10, 2017 3:27 pm

One of the surprises was the massive lakes adjoining the Stuart Highway. They must have made early exploration difficult.

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Re: Bozo Across Australia

Postby Bozo » Fri Oct 27, 2017 11:21 pm

Nev's photos of the Himalayas had dissuaded me from posting photos on Mount Buffalo but he has raised it in another blog.

View of the sheer east face of Mount Buffalo
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View looking north east
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Re: Bozo Across Australia

Postby Bozo » Wed Nov 01, 2017 9:14 pm

One of the road I was very keen to do was to ride the Oxley Highway from Walcha to Wauchope. It has an unbelievable number of tight turns and lots of steep dips and climbs.

See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cXaqRxycZts.

The day I rode it was bucketing down with rain with water flowing across most corners and my mirrors and glasses fogging up with the change in elevation.

There were few places to safely stop as the side of the road was a quagmire. The last section was done in the dark. I would love to do it again when it was much drier.

Oxley Highway near Mount Seaview
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Re: Bozo Across Australia

Postby spacey1 » Thu Nov 02, 2017 5:50 pm

Shouldn't that be... 8)



Looking at the image of your rear Heidenau, it doesn't look like you spent much time leaning on corners :shock:

They (the heidenaus) would have been downright scary on that twisty wet road...

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Re: Bozo Across Australia

Postby Bozo » Thu Nov 02, 2017 6:55 pm

Nev

It was a brand new rear tyre fitted in Melbourne and the ASC was operating about every 5 kms with the rear losing grip. I suspect that I was leaning it over more than any of the corners that I had taken since the tyre was fitted. It was June 11 and Mount Seaview had had 40.6 mm of rain that day with the relative humidity being over 90% when I passed through.

The next day I discovered that the tank bag Velcro had ceased to stick and the middle of the sole of one motorcycle boot had separated. I attribute that to days of soaking rain, earlier incidents in my ride and lots of corners.

300 corners is a lot to tiptoe through and still get to your destination. I had travelled from Mudgee via Tamworth using back roads to get to Walcha and probably stopped for longer than normal at the Royal Café to dry out. It did not take much thought to head inland to Glen Innes and Narrabri to get back to blue skies.

Still an interesting ride.

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Re: Bozo Across Australia

Postby Bozo » Sun Nov 12, 2017 5:18 pm

Cocklebiddy Cave looks unremarkable as you approach it but the window into the geology that the subsidence provides is amazing. All around are rocks with ripples show that they were laid down under water.

Cocklebiddy Cave looking towards the entrance from within the subsidence.

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Re: Bozo Across Australia

Postby Bozo » Sun Nov 12, 2017 5:25 pm

One of the great Australian Bakeries is at Birchip...the home of the Mallee Bull. Birchip is on the Sunraysia Highway and does not have a lot of competition from surrounding towns.

Although its speciality is Vanilla Slices it does a reasonable steak pie.

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Re: Bozo Across Australia

Postby Bozo » Sun Nov 12, 2017 5:38 pm

The coast through the national parks at both Port Lincoln and Coffin Bay is amazing and well worth a visit.

Coast Coffin Bay National Park

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Re: Bozo Across Australia

Postby Bozo » Sun Nov 12, 2017 5:43 pm

Winter Hill Lookout is only a short deviation from the road between Port Lincoln and Coffin Bay and worth a visit

Winter Hill Lookout Port Lincoln
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Re: Bozo Across Australia

Postby Bozo » Sun Nov 12, 2017 5:50 pm

Coastline Port Lincoln
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Re: Bozo Across Australia

Postby Bozo » Sun Nov 12, 2017 6:05 pm

You see thousands of dead wombats on the road.

They have not evolved to respond to fast moving vehicles with their poor eyesight and reliance on hearing and scent.

This is the only live wombat I saw.

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