We move into the NT

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Hi everyone,
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.

This is the China Wall that all the fuss was about. Nice but not spectacular!

This is the China Wall that all the fuss was about. Nice but not spectacular!

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).

Some of the stunning country along the road to Kunanurra

Some of the stunning country along the road to Kunanurra

Kimberley road stop

Kimberley road stop

Lake Argyle

Lake Argyle

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.

A rather chilly dip in the resort "Infinity" pool

A rather chilly dip in the resort “Infinity” pool

One of the more than thirty thousand freshwater crocodiles in the lake

One of the more than thirty thousand freshwater crocodiles in the lake

Lake Argyle sunset

Lake Argyle sunset

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
Cheers
Ros and Dick

 

 

Off into the Kimberleys

Where are we now? http://goo.gl/maps/BRGN4
Monday 20 and Tuesday 21 May 2013
Took a tour around Broome. We experienced some really heavy rain in the afternoon. We had planned to take a camel ride along Cable beach but it was called off due to the rain. 🙁
We had a sleep-in the next day then spent the day walking around Broome. First up we checked out their Museum which was interesting then up to China Town for fish and chips for lunch before taking the bus down to Cable Beach for our sunset camel ride along the beach. This was terrific and the sunset was picture perfect. We took the bus back to China Town for a Chinese dinner which was a bit ordinary. We are setting off again tomorrow headed for Fitzroy Crossing staying in a safari tent.

Storm clouds over Roebuck Bay - Broome

Storm clouds over Roebuck Bay – Broome

The picturesque Anistasia's Pool Broome

The picturesque Anistasia’s Pool
Broome

An Osprey fishing at Broome

An Osprey fishing at Broome

Afternoon downpour in Broome

Afternoon downpour in Broome

Camels on Cable Beach - Broome

Camels on Cable Beach – Broome

Camel ride on Cable Beach Broome

Camel ride on Cable Beach Broome

Sunset over Cable Beach - Broome

Sunset over Cable Beach – Broome

Wednesday 22 and Thursday 23 May 2013
Our 400 Km ride today took us into the famed Kimberly region. The weather was cloudy but fine with a very comfortable 27c max. The roads were mostly straight with low trees and lots of termite mounds. There was also lots of cattle grazing along the road verges and, at one stage, a group of Brumbies. The   feature for the day was the many beautiful Boab trees that abounded throughout the green bush. There has been a lot of rain recently and the country is very green and the road verge very soft. This made it almost impossible to pull over and photograph some of this beautiful pastoral county. Here is a short YouTube video to give you a flavour of the ride>>http://youtu.be/cfuth6A73Ic There were just two rest stops and one roadhouse along the whole 400k. We were caught a bit unawares when we got to Fitzroy Crossing and found that it was a “dry” town. We managed (at great expense) to pick up a few “essential” supplies at the Lodge.
We spent the next day at Fitzroy Crossing and rode the 20km out to the Geike  Gorge National park to take a boat trip up the Fitzroy River to see the spectacular Geike Gorge. This was a great experience. The rest of the day we just vegged out at our palatial safari tent (c/w ensuite) on the banks of the Fitzroy river.

An "old man" Boab tree alongside the road

An “old man” Boab tree alongside the road

Who said Ros wouldn't camp!!

Who said she wouldn’t camp!!

Geike Gorge

Part of Geike Gorge

One of the many "locals" at Geike Gorge

One of the many “locals” at Geike Gorge

Another one of the many "locals" at Geike Gorge

Another one of the many “locals” at Geike Gorge

Fitzroy River just at the end of the "wet"

Fitzroy River at the end of the “wet”

Thursday 23 May 2013
The day started with a number of urgent calls and messages on my (Dick’s) mobile advising that my Gmail account had been hacked. Every one of the 350 or so contacts in my address book were sent a bogus email purporting to be from me asking for money. Not only that but the Nigerian B*!x!* (I was able to trace it back to Nigeria) then proceeded to delete all my emails and contacts preventing a followup message from me. I think we covered all bases but hope nobody was duped into sending any money. My old email has now been shut down and I have a new address. After trying to settle this kerfuffle we belatedly got on the road at 10am heading just 300 km away to Halls Creek. The weather was fine and sunny although we battled against a fairly strong headwind most of the way putting the windscreen up and the fuel consumption down. The country was mostly open, flat and Savannah like (I guess that’s why they call this part of the Highway the Savannah Way 😮 ) . Occasionally Interspersed with picturesque red rocky outcrops and escarpments. We were fortunate to spot four huge Brolgas feeding alongside the road during the morning. Termite mounds were everywhere with some kangaroo-like ones poking up right on the road verge causing a little heartache until correctly identified at close quarters. There were just two rest stops enroute with no civilisation between Fitzroy Crossing and Halls Creek. We stopped at the second rest stop for lunch and found a surprising and pleasant picnic spot by a river. We are taking an enforced rest day here in Halls Creek tomorrow as Kunanurra is totally booked out for their Kimberley Moon Festival and Rodeo on Saturday night. We plan to bypass Kunanurra on Sunday and stay at the Argyle Lake Resort Sunday and Monday.
Bye for now
Ros and Dick

Brolgas by the road

Brolgas by the road

The Kimberley Savanah meets the red rock

The Kimberley Savannah meets the red rock

A rare picnic spot by the road

A rare picnic spot by the road

More Kimberley vista

More Kimberley vista