The Ride So Far

4800 Kms Riden includes Savanah Highway, Overlander & Stuart Hwy

As I type this update I am in my tent in Alice Springs having riden a total of 4800 kms and have loved every minute of it. Every sense gets awoken when you ride a Harley Davidson through these amazing landscapes and forever changing conditions. The Savanah Highway was simply awesome as it changes regularly from nice roomy two lanes to barely a single lane of bitumen with uneven edges and then metal crush on either side. Wow talk about staying alert as the rule is the trucks will not give way as it is far too dangerous for them to stradle the gravel as it would shower the othe vehicle in stones. Best advice I got was to pull over well before the approaching vehicle reaches you and come to a stop , let them pass. That said you had to keep a keen eye in your reavision mirrors to make sure you were not going to get dated from behind if you know what I mean. All in all this makes for a hightened experience which I thoroughly loved. Add to that the constant threat of emerging animals be that a kangaroo or a wondering cow and you really knew you were living! But best of all were the abundance of eagles souring overhead and at times feasting on fresh road kill. You have to drop a couple of gears as you approach and get on the horn to get them in flight before you pass as otherwise you will be blowing eagle feathers from your rearend. These birds are big and need to be avoided. Then add the thrill of the Stuart Highway in the Northern Territories where 130 kph is the legal speed but honestly you tend to sit back off that as 130 kph just becomes stressful and you are missing the scenery. Talk about straight roads’ oh my goodness they go on forever. I challenge myself to guess how long a straight section is then check the speedometer as I reach the end and always I am way off in my guesses. Having set up and packed down my bike load 12 times now I am becoming very efficient on move days.

Well from here it is onto Yularu and Kings Canyon so will post regular You Tube feeds of things of interest. Keep your knees in the breeze’ your eyes on the horizon and I will see you on the sunny side. Chapee from the road

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Itinerary

July
9th – Tannum Sands
14-20 Airlie Beach
21-24 Townsville
24- Port Douglas

August
1-6 Port Douglas
11-16 Alice Spring/Ayers Rock
19-26 Darwin
27-31 Jabiru

September
10 – 12 Darwin/Katherine/Kununurra
14-18 Broome
23-26 Denham/Monkey
29 Perth

October
1-3 Perth
4-11 Margaret River/Augusta/Albany
12-16 Esperance
21- 23 Port Lincoln
26-31 Adelaide/Kingston

November
1-5 Portland/Apollo Bay
6-10 Melbourne
12-18 Scottsdale
19- Tasmania

December
1-8 Tasmania
9 Melbourne
10 Lakes Entrance
11 Merimbula
12-13 Kiama/Bonnie Hills
14-15 Byron Bay
16 HOME to Sunshine Coast

Photos On The Way

(see my videos on youtube)
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