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Offline BIKER MIKE

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Solo Saffa Rounds Down Under
« on: October 17, 2009, 02:46:02 am »
Distance:                15 427 kms
Time:                      46 days
Ave daily distance: 405 kms (not incl days off)
Days Off:                8 days
Cost:                      $4800 / R 32 200

I left Sydney on the 27th of August and headed North, with money in my bank account, some time on my hands and the smell of adventure in my nose. The Global economic slow down had caused most of the work in Sydney to dry up. Now was the time to go and explore Australia. My plan was to camp as often as possible and to carry bread and chease with me as my staple diet. I had made about half a kilo of biltong before I left, together with baked beans, sardines, and about 4.5L of water I felt ready to tackle the long road.

 

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Part 1
« Reply #1 on: October 17, 2009, 03:00:02 am »
Leaving the City is always the worst part of the ride for me, but once on the Sydney Newcastle freeway I started to relax and enjoy the ride. I camped at Woko National park on my first night where I was alone amongst the animals. That afternoon I could see the smoke from bush fires on the horizon and I had an uneasy feeling that my adventure was about to end before it had even gotten a chance to start, but as evening came the winds changed direction and must have blown the fires back on themselves. I slept with my mini maglight and my hunting knife next to me - ready for action. From Woko I continued North over the next few days until I hit Bundeberg on the Queensland coast. From Bundeberg I followed the coast as far north as Townsville before heading west, inland on my way to the Top End!
 

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« Reply #2 on: October 17, 2009, 03:12:53 am »
After leaving Townsville I hit my firt bit of real dirt road (between The Lynd Junction and George Town). Though I enjoyed it emensly I finished the day wondering what would have happened if I had come off. There is very little traffic, intense heat and the smell of rotting roadkill to give one the sense of impending doom - I decided to use tarred roads until I got to Darwin. Before Darwin I stopped in Normonton (Gulf of Carpentaria) and Katherine amongst others. I serviced my bike for the first time in Darwin, then passed through Katherines Gorge and Kununurra on my way to the Gibbs River Road.
 

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PART 3
« Reply #3 on: October 17, 2009, 03:25:12 am »
The Gibbs River Road which runs throught the heart of the Kimberly in Western Australia was by far the biggest challenge and the most rewarding. It is a 'Gravel Road', with endless corrugations, river crossing, bull dust pits, rocky sections and some really good bits. Though I found it a challenge, at the end of the day it is still just a road and anyone with some dirt biking experience will find it a breeze. I recommend this part to anyone planning a short trip in Australia (Note that it may be closed during the wet season Oct-Mar). The Gibb took me through to Broome from where I followed the coast down to Perth, Adelaide and then finaly over the Great Ocean Road back to Sydney!
 

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Conclusion
« Reply #4 on: October 17, 2009, 03:44:19 am »
The above pics show allot of dirt roads, though in truth of the 15 427kms only about 1200kms would have been on dirt roads (these just make for better pics) - you can however choose to do allot more dirt that I did. I have a 30L Safari Tank on my bike but if you have a 450km range you should be alright travelling through Australia. Every Town no matter how small will have a campsite, and camping next to the road is possible in most parts of Australia (For Free & Safe). Carry extra Water & food through the Top end and across the Nullarbor, prepare for 2 services and 2 sets of tires (Thats what my DR needed) and travelling around Australia could not be easier! You can rent a fully kitted DR here, and as it is a rental feel free to pull it through your ass - The DR will handle any amount of punishment you Boertjies can dish out. A travellers Visa will give you three months (Your SA licence will also be valid for that time)- more than enough time to circle Australia. I did it in September and October 35 deg average in Northern parts and 19 deg average in Southern Parts, I suggest you do the same.
 

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Re: Solo Saffa Rounds Down Under
« Reply #5 on: October 17, 2009, 06:26:05 am »
Wow - excellent RR!  My brother-in-law stays just outside Sydney and he's been nagging me to come visit for us to go on a bike trip.  But man!  That country is HUGE!  ;D

So did you do that water crossing on the DR?  >:D

Thanks for the great pictures.
 

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Re: Solo Saffa Rounds Down Under
« Reply #6 on: October 20, 2009, 01:35:27 pm »
Great stuff and some very nice pics there!!!
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Re: Solo Saffa Rounds Down Under
« Reply #7 on: November 02, 2009, 07:57:19 pm »
Awesome mate.
On my list of to do's. Crossing Australia.
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Re: Solo Saffa Rounds Down Under
« Reply #8 on: November 02, 2009, 08:05:44 pm »
Very cool! Things to do.....
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Re: Solo Saffa Rounds Down Under
« Reply #9 on: November 02, 2009, 08:07:27 pm »
nice one.
do you have a map showing your route?
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Re: Solo Saffa Rounds Down Under
« Reply #10 on: November 02, 2009, 08:47:37 pm »
Lovely report, I would love to do that. Very nice pics there B.M.

Notwithstanding the amount of km's travelled the daily cost seems quite high for somebody who was prepared to rough it a lot of the time.

Would you say it would be possible to shave a bit off the cost? On average I would guess you used about a tank a day?
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Re: Solo Saffa Rounds Down Under
« Reply #11 on: November 07, 2009, 12:47:39 am »
Hi Marnus: Yes I did the crossing on the DR, put my feet out though and got to the other side with soaked boots.
Hi Sprocketbek: You could spend less, main expenses being fuel (no savings here), Accomodation (could do more free camping, if you don't mind not showering) and food (I ate mainly tinned food and bread but did have a few beers along the way). Also the bike services (x2) and new tires would have cost about $900 - you could do oil changes yourself and save some here (my bike was still under warrenty though). If there are two of you doing it the accomodation will come down substantially as you will be 2 people per campsite. I did fill up every day though I usually had a few kms left in the tank (rather safe than sorry).
 

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Re: Solo Saffa Rounds Down Under
« Reply #12 on: November 07, 2009, 03:39:47 am »
What a trip man!!

Would love to do one of them around Aus.  :thumleft: Stuck on Barrow Island at the moment.
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Re: Solo Saffa Rounds Down Under
« Reply #13 on: December 18, 2009, 07:14:24 pm »
Fantastic trip. Is it possible to ride accross East to west through the middle of OZ as well? That must be some trip.
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Re: Solo Saffa Rounds Down Under
« Reply #14 on: December 18, 2009, 08:59:04 pm »
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