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Old 28-09-2008, 11:26 AM   #26
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Great posts..and pics......got anymore coming..
its pissing down here..and cant go for a ride...
Bored.....................
Rain at the Coromandel....that couldn't happen, eh?

Yo...there's a LOT MORE coming...it was a 3-week ride after all.
One lot just went up, hopefully another tonight.

Keep looking in, mate
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Old 28-09-2008, 01:47 PM   #27
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No bloody hope mate...
Your FGNUTS Pete, not because you went for a ride up the cape, because you didn't go out riding today did you look at the weather?

Woops, what's that make me?
I'm servicing a couple of bikes, off on Thursday. To many cowboys out this weekend. Don't know why?
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Old 28-09-2008, 02:29 PM   #28
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Your FGNUTS Pete, not because you went for a ride up the cape, because you didn't go out riding today did you look at the weather?

Woops, what's that make me?
I'm servicing a couple of bikes, off on Thursday. To many cowboys out this weekend. Don't know why?
Mate...we figured we'd go for a ride yesterday arvo...even the Black Spur was DESERTED!!
Incredible what Footie Grand Final produces...one of the best Spurs run we've had...EVER!

Apart from that...I've just GOTTA get some work done and that RR is part of it. Who said work can't be enjoyable, eh?

Where ya off to on Thursday?
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Old 28-09-2008, 04:05 PM   #29
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“You’ve gotta call those guys just after 6am!”
….and Glen’s on the blower like a fly on a turd...

INCREDIBLE LUCK ….he gets through and things fall into place quickly from there.
The mail-run gets re-routed, instead of being first on the loop, Musgrave will be last today and YES, there’s a free seat.

“I might run a bit late, it’s bloody blowy out there…”

Hell… it sure is, this friggin phonebox is at a 45 angle already!!




Here’s the plan then….While Glen returns to Cairns, Rohan and I will slowly creep north, hoping for Glen to catch up somewhere.

Glen will get into Cairns, contact Michelle and Alex, stay somewhere (or with them, as it turns out), will be at the storage place at 5.30 the next morning, get the RR_V6 going, then attempt the 450km IN ONE HIT, 200k’s of that on bad corrugation, sand, bulldust holes…



He leaves his tent pitched and some gear at Musgrave and grabs the bare minimum for the run…and bare means exactly that.
Waiting for a plane...











The plane IS late and barely crabs its way back into the skies with the strong cross-winds…apparently a bit like riding a postie in sand…

The remaining crew of 2 turns north...and YES, we now have the Bamaga School Yearbook, just in case Glen's plans turn to shit... 106k’s to Coen, which surprisingly has some short sections of asphalt in it as the road climbs the Great Dividing Range…60kmh feel like an almighty rush by now





NO SUGAR, boyz, says on the can...



The rest of the track is nearly as bad as the Battlecamp Road, close to 3hrs later, this is a welcome sight





Ask the locals!!!
The publican is a living encyclopaedia and, of course, knows everything and everyone.

“The best place to stay? CHARLIE’S!!....you know, Charlie’s Mine, about 1km before town, you came past the sign if you came up from Musgrave. He’s still got some green grass to pitch a tent and the best hot showers in town!!”
That clinches it…

Sure enough, there’s the hand-painted sign on a piece of corrugated roofing iron, right underneath the sign to the local tip!!
2k’s in and past the tip, the road turns sharply into a small side-valley and there it is:

THIS IS ONE PLACE NOT TO BE MISSED!!!



You want colour in your life?? Here's the whole bloody paint factory !!

Surrounded by all those fantastic mechanical bits, most of it collected from the tip.



Figures welded up out of car-bits, a “wind-generator” out of old 44galllon drums coupled to a Landcruiser diff, then a bottom shaft of an old outboard motor, linked to another diff “to gear it down”…for the time being it all ends in some bike sprocket-and-chain-arrangement”.

“What’s it do?”

“Don’t know yet, could be a generator if I find a 12V alternator or something”



His own place is a house built from bottles with a sloping concrete floor “makes the clean up easy, just hose it out, the low end has openings for the water to run out”.



A true "Neverflat" !!



He stopped mining years ago after some health problems and has started to re-arrange his place for some tourism…digging a small dam with the fragile, old Case frontend-loader, which snaps a drive-shaft a week…

“I’ll have some grassy area over there on the dam-wall, then the Swiss and German backpacker girls can do some sunbathing” The Cape is full of ‘em…
SURE, Charlie! Now tell us the rest….














There’s even a laundry!!





We get on like a house on fire….right on, mateTHUMBS UP to a Cape-Legend!



We take him out for a pub-meal and a Rum ‘n Coke “only ONE, boys”….and surprisingly it is …sort of

Then return up the bumpy track, or rather: that bumpy cattle-grid that nearly sends the front wheel through the triple clamps, back to his place…in the dark, T-shirts and shorts and flip-flops….fugg it, it’s THE CAPE, ya know?

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Old 28-09-2008, 08:22 PM   #30
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Where ya off to on Thursday?
Going to say Hi to a few old farts in Victor Harbor, then a few days sliding around the pea gravel on Kangaroo lsland. I hope she's not reading this, apparently Triumphs don't do gravel. Then onto Adelaide to see my daughter.
I expect this ride report to be finished by the time I get back.
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