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Re: StinkyPetes OZlap
« Reply #600 on: May 14, 2019, 04:29:07 PM »
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Well it's great to be home again, and some of the great things about being home include sleeping in my own bed, wearing different clothes, sitting in my own lounge chair, using my own shower and reconnecting with friends and family.  This adventure was a bucket list item and I can recommend to to anyone.   It's a big country, full of wonderful places and people and it was a wonderful experience.  The body held up OK, but I have a few new aches and pains, which I am sure will subside as I get back into my walking and gym routines.

Trip Statistics
Time Away   59 Days
Travelling Days  44 Days
Distance Travelled  19,500km
Fuel used  958 litres
Average fuel cost  $1.62
Most Expensive fuel   $2.15 at Balladonia
Maintenance consisted of two sets of replacement tyres and one bike service

Scenery Highlight
Kimberley Victoria River Region and Gregory National Park

Riding Highlight
All of the great riding roads that criss-cross the great divide through NSW, and I reckon I managed to ride most of them.

Social Highlights
Thanks to the OzSTOC members who offered hospitality in their homes, rode with me, met with me at RTE's at Lorne, Gloucester, Darwin and Perth, or followed my journey.  I had a ball and it was sooo good to meet up with old friends along the way.   Thanks to Fish and Marcleo who joined me for the first ten days or so.  It was great to have Chris fly to Broome where spent some lovely days.   I don't want to thank individuals as I am sure to miss someone, but I do want to thank Kev who kept everyone up to date with my progress and kept a remote eye on me all along the way.

Where's the Photos?
I will post a few photo highlights as a sort through what I have, and will add them to this thread over the days.   I did not want to become a slave to a diary, or to photographing town signs, letterboxes or even big things, as I wanted to just “be” in the journey.   However, I did bag a few.

The attached map gives a nice overview of my entire journey.
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Re: StinkyPetes OZlap
« Reply #601 on: May 14, 2019, 04:44:08 PM »
Great response Pete, a pleasure to be able to follow and report on your journey. Looking fwd to photos.
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Re: StinkyPetes OZlap
« Reply #602 on: May 17, 2019, 09:10:01 AM »
I have had a request from ScarlettThunderbolts to describe what I look with me and how I packed, and this info might be of interest to others who may be thinking of doing some long distance, long time touring.   Over the years I have learned to back fairly light, and despite that experience, there was still stuff that I took on this trip that I did not use.  ScarlettThunderbolts took a series of photos of how I packed on the bike.
Here's my packing information....

Left Pannier (This was the dirty or wet compartment)
Blackwolf Gobi dome tent, stored in a pannier liner
Tent Poles
Pegs and hammer
Waterproof outer jacket and pants
Jacket liner
Seat cover, waterproof
Spare gloves

Right Pannier (Bed, Bedding and other stuff)
Blue poly tarp to go under my air bed inside the tent
Down sleeping bag
Exped air mattress
Cotton sleeping bag liner
Air Bed Pump
Inflatable Pillow (It was awful to sleep on)
First Aid Kit

Top Box (Divided into three compartments to keep stuff accessible and organized)
Food etc  (Canned tuna, Gingernut biscuits, mueslei, dried fruit and nut mix,  tea and coffee, long life milk, several freeze dried meals for emergencies, cutlery, crockery, tea towel, pepper and salt, vegemite)
Two one litre containers of drinking water
JetBoil stove and gas bottle
Hema Motorcycle Atlas
Folder with all my necessary documents
I also had a green supermarket bag in which I stored and carry stuff that would come out every night, such as camera, phone, wallet, tablet, notebook & pen, chargers, shopping bag, GPS, Spot Gen3, CB Radio.

Back Seat
Shadecloth groundsheet for under the tent (not used on this trip)
Kermit Chair (not used on this trip)
50 lt waterproof bag for clothing, shoes, thongs, toiletries bag, meds, “electrical” bag, tools and tyre pump, nd whatever I could not fit anywhere else

Glove Boxes (These are tiny on the Beemer)
Spare ear plugs
Cleaning cloth
Puncture repair kit
Sidestand plate
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Re: StinkyPetes OZlap
« Reply #603 on: May 17, 2019, 09:22:27 AM »
Good skills Pete, thanks for posting both lists.

Re. BM v ST panniers and top box.  How do they compare capacity and "useable" capacity or ease of packing wise?
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« Reply #604 on: May 17, 2019, 11:04:25 AM »
Re. BM v ST panniers and top box.  How do they compare capacity and "useable" capacity or ease of packing wise?
Tha panniers are about the same capacity, but a slightly different shape, and the Beemer top box is a 49 litre, so it's also the same size.  The top box looks bigger because it's a double skin design.  In my opinion the locking mechanisms on the Beemer panniers and top box are much sturdier, and they each lock in four points.    How they come on and off the bike is irrelevant, and they are not something that I remove on a regular basis.   Overall from a practical perspective, there's little difference.
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Re: StinkyPetes OZlap
« Reply #605 on: May 17, 2019, 11:20:31 AM »
Re. BM v ST panniers and top box.  How do they compare capacity and "useable" capacity or ease of packing wise?
Tha panniers are about the same capacity, but a slightly different shape, and the Beemer top box is a 49 litre, so it's also the same size.  The top box looks bigger because it's a double skin design.  In my opinion the locking mechanisms on the Beemer panniers and top box are much sturdier, and they each lock in four points.    How they come on and off the bike is irrelevant, and they are not something that I remove on a regular basis.   Overall from a practical perspective, there's little difference.

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« Reply #606 on: May 17, 2019, 12:33:56 PM »
Thanks Pete. I'd pay good money for a comfortable inflatable pillow - I've had two, the first developed a leak soon after purchase, the second is more sturdy (Black Wolf) but like yours, just uncomfortable.
Regards your CB - I take it you have it linked in to your comms gear and are able to operate it on the road?
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« Reply #607 on: May 17, 2019, 12:50:03 PM »
Regards your CB - I take it you have it linked in to your comms gear and are able to operate it on the road?
Cheers ... Mark

Rgr.    I have a Starcom1 Digital as my communication hub, which was the same unit I had on the ST.  This takes bluetooth from the bike, wired pillion/rider coms, and my handlebar mounted handheld Uniden CB is also hard connected to the Starcom with a PTT button on the left handgrip.   The voices go straight to my helmet via a hard connection, so I have no bluetooth stuff to charge each day.   This works nicely for me.

Is the Border Run on your radar this year?

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« Reply #608 on: May 17, 2019, 04:13:29 PM »
It is .... but .... the Echuca-Moama Winter Blues Festival is on the weekend before and I suspect the brownie points bank isn't sufficiently flush with points to do both. However, hope springs eternal in the human breast and if the planets align in my favour ....
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« Reply #609 on: May 17, 2019, 06:33:56 PM »
..... I suspect the brownie points bank isn't sufficiently flush with points to do both....

Brownie points ........ pffft ....... grow a couple Mark.   Geez, I hope Helen doesn't read this, and ssshhhh, nobody say a word.

...... This adventure was a bucket list item and I can recommend to to anyone.   It's a big country, full of wonderful places and people and it was a wonderful experience..... All of the great riding roads that criss-cross the great divide through NSW, and I reckon I managed to ride most of them......

Thanks for posting Pete, it's got my juices flowing and me thinking about planning my lap.
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« Reply #610 on: May 17, 2019, 07:08:41 PM »
..... I suspect the brownie points bank isn't sufficiently flush with points to do both....

Brownie points ........ pffft ....... grow a couple Mark.   Geez, I hope Helen doesn't read this, and ssshhhh, nobody say a word.

Hmmm, a Roger Waters song from the 1992 album "Amused To Death" springs to mind - what was it now, oh, that's right "The bravery of being out of range"

But yes Michael, I must be assertive in these matters - I'm going to put my foot down with a firm hand - if that's ok with Julie.  :chocolate-box-smiley-emoticon
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« Reply #611 on: May 17, 2019, 08:04:48 PM »
Thanks for the update Pete.

We have our own lap in the early planning stage but a couple of years away from actually doing it; retirement age (67) for me is two and a half years away.

 

 

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« Reply #612 on: June 02, 2019, 09:22:29 PM »
Hi Peter
What a fabulous ride, looking forward to the pictures. Did you plan the whole trip or have a flexible itinerary?
 

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« Reply #613 on: June 03, 2019, 07:09:41 AM »
Hi Peter
What a fabulous ride, looking forward to the pictures. Did you plan the whole trip or have a flexible itinerary?

Since there were a few points on the tip that were "locked in", such as the bike service in Darwin, I planned the whole trip, but deviated a little from the planned itinerary.  You can see my itinerary at the top of this thread.     Thanks for the reminder, as I do need to pull my finger out and post some pictures of the trip highlights.   
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