Desert Raid - Empress Springs: August 7, 2019

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Re: Desert Raid - Empress Springs: August 7, 2019

Postby bowewilson@gmail.com » Sun Jul 21, 2019 7:42 pm

Don't treat the Desert Raid lightly, it's not a difficult ride but prepare well, near top of your list should be water, when you think you have enough take a bit more, you don't want to find yourself in a serious situation with little water like someone was last time round.
If this sort of ride is a first for you, there is plenty of experience in the club you can get advice from such as boomer61, GSDisciple, Digger and co.
To all of you who are going to Empress Springs have a great ride!
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Re: Desert Raid - Empress Springs: August 7, 2019

Postby Digger » Sun Aug 04, 2019 1:36 pm

G'Day Slackers,

My SPOT Link for Desert Raid and beyond (from monday morning).

http://share.findmespot.com/shared/face ... UCtYLNPufa

See you on the other side!

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Re: Desert Raid - Empress Springs: August 7, 2019

Postby Digger » Thu Aug 08, 2019 7:32 pm

G’Day Slackers,

50 Riders attended this years Desert Raid...not a bad turnout! I was travelling with Shane and Dren. Unfortunately, Dren got all crossed up on the access road in to Empress Springs and was thrown off the bike. My guess is that ankle is broken. At time of print, he was inbound to Perth (?) for treatment. I’m now heading for Exmouth (apparently) following another small group.

See you on the other side.

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Re: Desert Raid - Empress Springs: August 7, 2019

Postby Cookie » Fri Aug 09, 2019 3:16 pm

Looks like you are making good progress, stay safe and I look forward to catching up upon your return. We played it safe and turned around after my off - made it home safely last night :)

Great run out the Central, but the track knocked my confidence.
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Re: Desert Raid - Empress Springs: August 7, 2019

Postby boomer61 » Fri Aug 09, 2019 9:33 pm

Back safe tonight from DR2019.
Thanks to JP, Chris, Paul and Digger for the ride.
Good turn up with about 51 riders at the camp with a few others for welcome support.
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Re: Desert Raid - Empress Springs: August 7, 2019

Postby Robbo » Sat Aug 10, 2019 9:15 pm

Sounds like Desert Raid was a huge success with riders returning home,
Dren hopefully the injury is not as bad as mentioned and the recovery is a quick one.
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Re: Desert Raid - Empress Springs: August 7, 2019

Postby wightman » Sat Aug 10, 2019 9:51 pm

Also got back last night, and finished washing my gear.......Good to see many familiar faces, like Jean, Anthony, Digger, Bear, Bruce etc.

We need to get out more often............
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Re: Desert Raid - Empress Springs: August 7, 2019

Postby Digger » Sun Aug 11, 2019 9:05 pm

G’day Slackers...remember us?

An update...we have arrived safely at Coral Bay near Exmouth. We have travelled from the Outback to the Ocean. What a country of contrast. We will stay here for two nights and arrive back in Perth on Thursday afternoon after returning thru the Murchison. An update on Dren. He has a fractured tibia...he won’t be pulling on motorcycle boots for a few weeks.

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Refuelling at Tjukarilya Roadhouse after the Raid...long delays while blokes were ordering hamburgers and chips!!!


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A nav check in Outback WA.


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Another nav check...where the f*** are we?
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Re: Desert Raid - Empress Springs: August 7, 2019

Postby Digger » Sun Aug 11, 2019 9:12 pm

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Lunch stop at an abandoned station homestead.

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Refuelling at Mt Augustus...$2 a litre!

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Cattle Pool at the Lygon River.

SPOT Link is here...
http://share.findmespot.com/shared/face ... UCtYLNPufa

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Re: Desert Raid - Empress Springs: August 7, 2019

Postby Digger » Mon Aug 12, 2019 5:27 pm

G’day Slackers,
Just another day at the Office today...relaxing around Coral Bay and eating stuff that doesn’t come in a can for a change. Back on the Outback tracks from tomorrow (Tuesday). See you on the other side.

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Coral Bay looking north


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Coral Bay looking west


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Fish feeding...great experience for the kids.

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Re: Desert Raid - Empress Springs: August 7, 2019

Postby spacey1 » Tue Aug 13, 2019 10:18 am

Raider's video on the track from Empress Springs back to the Great Central Road.

Very entertaining :P I notice that you didn't do too much sight seeing. The camera seemed to have an intense focus on the track directly ahead :lol:

Raider, love yer narration, especially through the wriggly bits :lol:


(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s6k593RyfrM)

Nice of you to keep the language suitable for a 'General' audience :P
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Re: Desert Raid - Empress Springs: August 7, 2019

Postby Raider » Tue Aug 13, 2019 5:18 pm

Spacey1,

Glad you liked the video. Not too much sight seeing... Oh look - a camel. Definitely a laser-like view on the track ahead! As for the commentary - more like a chanted prayer. Bloody BMW GSA's have speared me down the track more times than I care to remember. On the Desert Raid at Neale Junction, I got in without a mishap. On departing I only got a couple of kilometres before I lost the front and careened into some woodwork. Badly broke my left hand. Compound fractured. Rode it out but managed to spear off many times in the process. Ask His Griceness! By the time I got to the hospital at Laverton I was a mess. Mike Stothers assisted - got me into my riding gear the next morning. Thanks Mike! Rode home that day - just... My left hand never recovered. To this day I can't hold the grip properly...

The end of the video clip saw me headed to Tjukayirla Roadhouse for breakfast. After a coffee and a burger I headed for home. Arrived home in Nedlands right on midnight. Not a bad effort after the ride out from Empress Springs.

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Re: Desert Raid - Empress Springs: August 7, 2019

Postby goodguy » Tue Aug 13, 2019 9:40 pm

Great clip, plenty of sand, great skill.
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Re: Desert Raid - Empress Springs: August 7, 2019

Postby Digger » Wed Aug 14, 2019 8:22 pm

G’day Slackers,

The journey home continues...
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The new bridge crossing the Gascoyne River near Gascoyne Junction...looking north.


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Looking south...


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Chris noticed the front end was a bit ‘heavy’. Works out he had a pinch flat from earlier in the day while crossing a dry creek bed.
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Re: Desert Raid - Empress Springs: August 7, 2019

Postby Digger » Wed Aug 14, 2019 8:28 pm

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The day was mostly dry until the afternoon when we copped a bit of rain while nearing Mullewa.


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We went to Coalseam Conservation Park hoping to bush camp but no fires allowed so we headed for Mingenew to get a room at the Pub. There’s an Expo in town so all accn was booked out. We are spending our last night in our tents at the local caravan park and will return to Perth tomorrow (Thursday).

See you on the other side.

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