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It is a few days since we have posted as we have been out of Telstra range and, as a few of you have noted, had a few issues with our email.
We will try and fill in the gaps without raving on too much.
Saturday 25 May 2013
We spent the day in Halls Creek and decided to get on the bike and check out some of the local sights. About five Ks out of town on the 56k access road to Sawpit Gorge, one such site, we decided our one wheel drive 300kg touring bike was not suited to the unsealed and rough corrugated road. We gingerly turned around and headed back into town. On the way we saw the turnoff to another one of the local sites, a rock formation named “China Wall”. It was also unsealed but just 2k long so, on the advice of a car driver just coming out, we decided to tackle it. The road got progressively worse until we hit a 100m long stretch of loose sand which saw us fishtailing through it in true dirt bike fashion. The last bit was a steep little pinch down to the car park with a big deep washout right across the road. Ros got off and I carefully nursed our 300kg brute down to the bottom. The trip back was no better but we finally made it out again unscathed (almost). Here is a little YouTube clip of some of the ride in>>http://youtu.be/krymhpYI0E4 We think we will be very selective about these side roads in future. Halls Creek is also a “dry” town which just means those who have a monopoly to sell alcohol can charge what they like. We had a couple of drinks at the motel bar but declined to take out a bank loan to make a proper session of it. We are off to Kunanurra and Lake Argyle tomorrow.
Sunday 26 May 2013
The 400k ride to the Lake Argyle resort on the banks of the huge Lake Argyle was absolutely stunning. About 200km out of Halls Creek we left the Savanah type country and headed into the Bungle Bungle region. The red hills and mountains were just fantastic. We must have turned on the HelmetCam video dozens of time as each new breathtaking vista came into view. I (the rider) was so excited when we came to some winding road through the hills. After many thousands of kilometres of relatively straight roads it was such a buzz (for the rider) to cruise around some nice sweepy bends. Boab trees were everywhere and the countryside looked just terrific. I will post a couple of these videos tomorrow if I have time. We picked up supplies at Kunanurra on the way through and the 70km ride into the resort was equally picturesque. This was only surpassed with the views of the lake from the resort when we arrived. We will be taking a sunset cruise on the lake tomorrow and will check out their famous Infinity Pool in the morning. A very pleasant place with very nice accommodation albeit our most expensive so far (but still worth it).
Monday 27 May 2013
We spent the day at the very nice Lake Argyle resort. We had an obligatory but rather chilly dip in their Infinity pool and took a very pleasurable sunset cruise on the lake. The sunset colours in this part of the world have to be seen to be believed.
Tuesday 28 May 2013
The fairly long 530 Km run we planned today to Katherine in the NT was made even longer by the need to take a 70 Km diversion to Kunanurra to refuel. This was exacerbated by a 1.5 hour time loss as we switched time zones making our long 600Km ride also a long day. The day was sunny and fairly warm at 33c.The the countryside was very picturesque with lots of Boab trees and Savannah type country interspersed with beautiful red rocky hills. There were even a few gentle bends to remind us we were still actually riding a motorcycle. A very nice, although somewhat warm and long ride. We rolled into Katherine after crossing the border into the NT at around 5.30pm with the lengthening shadows across the road giving us a couple of close brushes with our kangaroo friends.
Here is another little video we took a few days ago crossing a stream to reach a rest stop on the other side. >>>http://youtu.be/TGCY_FEK7QM
Here is another video of passing one of the numerous road trains we encountered>>>>http://youtu.be/FA11n8ybzcA
Here is one of the videos we took of the country along the road between Kununurra WA and Katherine NT alongside the Victoria River. It is 3 minutes and a bit longer than the others but I couldn’t figure out which part to cut out so I left it intact >>>http://youtu.be/wtiSOLaniNA
Ros and Dick