Not to be undone...Digger Across Australia

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Not to be undone...Digger Across Australia

Postby Digger » Sun Jun 11, 2017 12:51 pm

G'Day Slackers,
I'm departing next Saturday on a ride being led by a rider from Perth Adventure Riders.

Route will include Hyden, Norseman, Eyre Bird Observatory (maybe), Old Eyre Highway, Fowlers Bay, Port Augusta, Flinders, Coober Pedy, Oodnadatta, Alice, Kings Canyon, Uluru and returning via Great Central Road. We are linking up with another rider at Port Augusta.

Probably be about 3 weeks.

SPOT Link is here;
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SPOT will be activated from Saturday 17 June.

Watch this space.

So much to do...
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Re: Not to be undone...Digger Across Australia

Postby profoundly_disturbed » Mon Jun 12, 2017 7:09 pm

Nice!

Save some energy for adventures later in the year.
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Re: Not to be undone...Digger Across Australia

Postby Digger » Sun Jun 18, 2017 9:09 pm

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Camped the first night on a dry lake bed at the rear of The Breakaways...there is more firewood available there than the campsites. Bloody cold night with a frost in the morning. Will have to layer up to keep warm if this continues.

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Lake Johnston look out on the Hyden to Norseman Road. It was soft underfoot on the lake bed so it must have been wet here not so long ago. The road was in good shape...very little dust and very little traffic.


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We stayed at a parking bay just west of Caiguna for the second night....not much firewood around. Used the bike as a Timber Jinker and dragged this back. It should take all night to burn thru. (The photo may be cropped depending on the mobile device you may be using).

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Re: Not to be undone...Digger Across Australia

Postby Bozo » Mon Jun 19, 2017 4:14 am

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Seems like you had another cold night.

In Bright my bike cover froze solid and made disconcerting crunching sounds as I tried to fold it. You may have the same acoustic experience packing up your tents this morning. Or it may not be able to be undone until it warms up.

Impressive use of both the drone and the tractor power of the BMW.

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Re: Not to be undone...Digger Across Australia

Postby Digger » Mon Jun 19, 2017 8:40 pm

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35 km....how hard can it be???


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About 22 km in and on top of the escarpment before descending onto the coastal plain with the Indian Ocean in the far distant background. There was a wildfire that swept thru here in December last year which destroyed the vegetation.


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10 km of sandy twin track lay ahead. 2 km in and 8 km to go. F*** that...too hard. There was another hill in front of us (difficult to see in the distant background) and I knew it was gunna cause some grief. I didn't want to become a headline so we turned back and followed the old telegraph track for 80 km to Madura. That was also challenging.

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Re: Not to be undone...Digger Across Australia

Postby Digger » Tue Jun 20, 2017 8:13 pm

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The original Eucla Telegraph Station now slowly being consumed by shifting sands...


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A shot of the Great Australian Bight taken using my new acquisition...my drone. Hopefully this will give Mongrel Dog Productions another perspective in his videos.
Spectacular scenery.


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This is the Head of the Bight...not as spectacular and the rest of the coastline but we did see several migrating whales.

Meeting another rider in Port Augusta on Thursday before continuing toward the Flinders.

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Re: Not to be undone...Digger Across Australia

Postby Digger » Thu Jun 22, 2017 8:11 pm

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Cactus Beach west of Ceduna...one of the premier surf beaches in SA.


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Drone shot of Streaky Bay...I'm overcoming my fear of flying this very expensive toy over water.


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Some of he rugged coastline near Streaky Bay
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Re: Not to be undone...Digger Across Australia

Postby Digger » Thu Jun 22, 2017 8:20 pm

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O'l mate John Eyre and his Aboriginal tracker walking from Sydney to Perth...what was he thinkin'?


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So as not to discredit Bozo, maybe I should amend this Thread to read "Digger Half Way Across Australia".
From here (Port Augusta) we head north (ish) into the Flinders and beyond before heading West along Great Central Road.

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Re: Not to be undone...Digger Across Australia

Postby _Wilks » Thu Jun 22, 2017 8:33 pm

Jeez Digger. Those drone pics are looking real pro.

Where are you carrying it on the bike? Tankbag or tailbag? Does it take up much space?
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Re: Not to be undone...Digger Across Australia

Postby Digger » Thu Jun 22, 2017 9:30 pm

_Wilks wrote:Jeez Digger. Those drone pics are looking real pro.

Where are you carrying it on the bike? Tankbag or tailbag? Does it take up much space?

I have a semi trailer in support on this ride. He is carrying the beer and the drone.

(Have a look at the bag on the rear of my bike...it is a little bigger than normal).

The drone does pack down neatly but is still a little more than I would like. I guess it's the price you pay. I have had to jettison other stuff to make up for it but luxuries like food and water were always overrated anyway.
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Re: Not to be undone...Digger Across Australia

Postby _Wilks » Fri Jun 23, 2017 4:44 am

Digger wrote:I have a semi trailer in support on this ride. He is carrying the beer and the drone...


Well the drone will be safe, dunno about the beer though.

Digger wrote:...(Have a look at the bag on the rear of my bike...it is a little bigger than normal).

The drone does pack down neatly but is still a little more than I would like. I guess it's the price you pay. I have had to jettison other stuff to make up for it but luxuries like food and water were always overrated anyway.


Thought you'd got a new blue tarp.

The radio takes up a bit of space! And baked beans come in smaller cans than the tinned dog stuff you like. There, space problem solved.

I can recommend a good pizza place in Coober Pedy (free beer) :)
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Re: Not to be undone...Digger Across Australia

Postby profoundly_disturbed » Fri Jun 23, 2017 7:16 am

Digger wrote:O'l mate John Eyre and his Aboriginal tracker walking from Sydney to Perth...what was he thinkin'?


"Bugger, I should have taken the GS"
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Re: Not to be undone...Digger Across Australia

Postby Digger » Fri Jun 23, 2017 7:25 pm

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The rider who joined us at Port Augusta is riding a Ducati 800 Scrambler...an odd looking piece of kit. An 18 inch front wheel...I'm interested how it will handle the sandy sections around Docker River.


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A view of the Pound from one of the lookouts on the Bunyeroo Loop Road.


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Me; looking very sad after 3 years without employment and wishing I had a job.

Will spend two nights at Wilpena Pound and smell some roses before heading to Coober Pedy in a roundabout way.
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Re: Not to be undone...Digger Across Australia

Postby Robbo » Fri Jun 23, 2017 7:48 pm

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Me; looking very sad after 3 years without employment and wishing I had a job [quote]




I have the same look but only on Saturday and Sunday lol.

Looks like a great trip so far Steve. The drone shots look awesome .
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Re: Not to be undone...Digger Across Australia

Postby Bozo » Sun Jun 25, 2017 5:45 pm

Digger reports that one of his old mates walked from Sydney to Perth with a single companion.

Interestingly the locations in Diggers blog are similar to those on Eyre's exploration.

The documentary evidence differs slightly from Digger's report with the 8 person expedition commencing in Adelaide and finishing in Albany. It only became a two person group on the WA side of the Nullarbor:

On 18 June, 1840 Eyre set out from Adelaide at the head of the expedition, which within a week was made up of six white men, including Baxter, Eyre's assistant, E. B. Scott, two Aborigines, 13 horses, 40 sheep, and stores for three months; more stores were sent up to the head of Spencer Gulf in the government cutter Waterwitch, to await the arrival of the overland party.
He struck north from his base at Mount Arden along the Flinders Range, and then in several exhausting thrusts reached Lake Torrens to the west, a southern arm of Lake Eyre to the north, and Mount Hopeless to the east. Disappointed, but with no intention of retiring, Eyre decided 'by crossing over to Streaky Bay to the westward, to endeavour to find some opening leading towards the interior in that direction'. Accordingly he sent Baxter with two men and an Aboriginal to Streaky Bay, and himself took the remainder of the expedition to Port Lincoln. There he sent Scott by boat to Adelaide to request more provisions and permission from his committee to continue to the west. Scott was also instructed to bring Wylie back from Adelaide. By 3 November he rejoined Baxter and his party at Streaky Bay, and they moved on to found a depot at Fowler's Bay.

From there, on the third attempt, Eyre reached the head of the Bight, but the difficulties involved made him decide to send all the members of the expedition back to Adelaide, except for Baxter, Wylie and two South Australian Aboriginal men; with them he intended to traverse the 850 miles (1368 km) to King George Sound, with a determination 'either to accomplish the object I had in view, or perish in the attempt'. With eleven pack-horses, the small party left Fowler's Bay on 25 February 1841. On 12 March they reached good water at what is now called Eucla, 'after having passed over one hundred and thirty-five miles (217 km) of desert country, without a drop of water in its whole extent, and at a season of the year most unfavourable for such an undertaking'. As they continued round the Bight they met with the same difficulties of terrain and lack of water, but by the middle of April they were also suffering severely from cold, as they had had to discard most of their clothing. On the night of 29 April two of the natives murdered Baxter and disappeared with most of the provisions and all the serviceable fire-arms. 'At the dead hour of night, in the wildest and most inhospitable wastes of Australia, with the fierce wind raging in unison with the scene of violence before me, I was left, with a single native, whose fidelity I could not rely upon, and who for aught I knew might be in league with the other two, who perhaps were even now, lurking about with the view of taking away my life as they had done that of the overseer'. 
For over a month Eyre and Wylie struggled on to the west, until on 2 June at Thistle Cove (near Esperance) they sighted the French whaler Mississippi which picked them up and gave them several days hospitality and replenished their stores, for Eyre insisted on completing his overland journey to King George Sound. Moving on through heavy rains and cold weather, they reached Albany on 7 July.
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