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carnarvon gorge (qld)

Discussion in 'Roads, Touring, Journeys, and Travel' started by pragnasty, Apr 12, 2006.

  1. bloody brilliant 2 weeks off work i had recently spent a week out west qld at carnarvon gorge.

    beautiful part of austalia
    went at the best time of the year beat the crowds... still a bit warm though

    spent the first day travelling form the gold coast to miles my halfway point.. where i shacked up at the windsor hotel and drank beer all afternoon.. hard life ive got....
    394.54 kms 5:25 Hours (apparently)
    lost my 10lt fuel tank,, due to me placing it 2cms off my exhaust.. top marks for that... a burning smell in the middle of nowhere normally means its you... durrrrrrh
    http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c258/pragnasty/carnarvon gorge/100_1461.jpg

    top hospitality at the pub scored a free breaky in the morning and hit the road for carnarvon.
    ive noticed on me trips out west.. people start waving (in cars) to you on the road... i was a bit taken aback at first.... but yeah funny ay? lol imagine everyone waving at you in the city ???? i dont think so ..
    not much to see... mp3 player a must to beat the boredom.
    sevendust rocks

    no petrol from injune to carnarvon hence the 10l fuel tank... i could get in but not out haha....

    384.33 kms 4:57 Hours
    to carnarvon. last 20kms is pure gravel weetbix in consistency...
    http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c258/pragnasty/carnarvon gorge/100_1469liscense.jpg
    cows all over the road fantastic country though a few nice twisties on the way north through injune. lots of roos... mainly mooshed into the tarmac.
    first time this city slickers seen a emu in the wild....
    http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c258/pragnasty/carnarvon gorge/100_1520.jpg

    spent two days out there... first day climbed the bluff 7kms return.. best view ever.. get in early beat the heat..
    http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c258/pragnasty/carnarvon gorge/100_1481.jpg
    http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c258/pragnasty/carnarvon gorge/100_1484.jpg

    next day did a 25kms bushwalk.. im a sucker for punishment
    http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c258/pragnasty/carnarvon gorge/100_1630.jpg
    http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c258/pragnasty/carnarvon gorge/100_1629.jpg
    http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c258/pragnasty/carnarvon gorge/100_1587.jpg
    http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c258/pragnasty/carnarvon gorge/100_1524.jpg
    http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c258/pragnasty/carnarvon gorge/100_1522.jpg
    spent the rest of the day drinking whisky in the sun.....what a life... :cool:
    http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c258/pragnasty/carnarvon gorge/100_1676.jpg
    my favourite photo.. at the end of the beaten track.. big bend
    http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c258/pragnasty/carnarvon gorge/100_1561.jpg

    next day rode from carnarvon gorge all the way back to the gold coast
    ( did i say i was a sucker for punishment?? :LOL: )
    780 kms and about 12 hrs later.... very saddlesore...... very tired
    http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c258/pragnasty/carnarvon gorge/100_1687.jpg

    got caught in a rain storm at toowoomba and was soaked through from there.... theres nothing worse than a tinted visor, no vision at all, a crap song playing through your mp3 and wet jocks in a rainstorm :evil:

    fun trip..... cant wait for my next.... 10/10 :grin:
    (i need to get some panniers)

    250 tourer :cool:
    photos album
    http://s29.photobucket.com/albums/c258/pragnasty/carnarvon gorge/

  2. SOunds like you had a great time!
    I went to carnarvon as a little kid, camping with the family, all i remember were freezing nights and boiling hot days!
    I cant believe you did it on a 250!!


    now i have a few questions:
    1. How did it go travelling so far on such a bike? with luggage and all
    2. is everything you had with you on your bike (as in the pics)? i assume you travelled alone? (id be worried about a punctured tyre!!)
    3. the gravel roads in the pic look impossible, not to mention the tread on the tyres looks like full on road tread... how hard was it to ride? (i would think it would be extremely painfully slow?)
    4. are you really crazy? you said you travelled 780Km in 12hrs??!! :shock:

    anyway after getting my 250 licence and watching long way round i've been itching to go on a 'journey' bigger than my commute! Thanks for the story and great pics!
  3. I travelled 1050kms in 13.5 hours on my ZZR250 When i rode to Melbourne last year. Granted i was on tarmac the entire time and there was no gravel.

    Looks like a GREAT trip dude. The Pics are really nice and i bet you had an awesome time.
  4. emilmh I think I will call you Clancy :LOL:

    I am sitting in my dingy little office, where a stingy
    Ray of sunlight struggles feebly down between the houses tall,
    And the foetid air and gritty of the dusty, dirty city
    Through the open window floating, spreads its foulness over all

    And in place of lowing cattle, I can hear the fiendish rattle
    Of the tramways and the buses making hurry down the street,
    And the language uninviting of the gutter children fighting,
    Comes fitfully and faintly through the ceaseless tramp of feet.

    And the hurrying people daunt me, and their pallid faces haunt me
    As they shoulder one another in their rush and nervous haste,
    With their eager eyes and greedy, and their stunted forms and weedy,
    For townsfolk have no time to grow, they have no time to waste.

    And I somehow rather fancy that I'd like to change with emilmh,
    Like to take a turn at droving where the seasons come and go,
    While he faced the round eternal of the cash-book and the journal --
    But I doubt he'd suit the office, emilmh, of The Overflow.
  5. :shock: :shock: DAMN!!! thats just crazy! i get a sore ass from just over an hour! (tho im a n00b so im not used to it)

    Seriously though riding that far for so long straight is dangerous!
  6. :? ermm i dont get it....
  7. in reply to emilmh

    1. very easy!!!
    backpack acts as a backrest so you can chill back.. ive modded the bike a bit... eg motox handle bars so im more upright.... no windscreen (theyre for wimps... ruins motorbikes) and the hornet is pretty upright anyway so this all helps.. i went to bowen late last year, which was about a 3000kms trip so i was well versed. i have a small fuel tank (13l) so this forces me to stop pretty reguarly anyway for fuel, roughly every hour so you can stretch the legs etc,, pull the jocks outa ya @rse, etc.. :LOL:

    luggage is interesting. hahaha got a rack made up so i can carry lots of stuff.. tankbag is good mine expands and stacks into itself which is handy.
    also carry a rucksack. and a seperate bag for the tent and gear.. that big red bag on the side of the bike is my fold up chair...obviously you can get smaller chairs.. but i wanted to be comfortable :)

    you can get a rack made up for your bike.. i snaffled one ofa scooter and got it customized to my bike.. see

    i try and stack my gear low and distribute is evenly between the tankbag and back. try and keep the gear low.. as it stuffs up you centre of gravity... i have highsided on a roundabout cause of this before....not fun!!!

    2. yes everything was on the bike!!!
    i carry a tyre repair kit which i got from supercheap( one of those push in rubber thingy plugs.)
    travelling alone is the best part!!! no rush stop when u want to...no one whinging.. no one to hear you whinge lol......
    punctured tyre smunctured tyre..... ive got balls i can roll :cool: :LOL:

    3.gravel is easy.... just cruiseeeeeee....
    no hands anywhere near the cluthc or front brake!!! hands on the handlebar.... steady throttle.. back brake only. slow is the go.
    those moto x bars help to. and yes standard road tyres.... :) stick to the tyre ruts and youll be fine.. and you can always stick your legs out 2 :LOL:

    4. yes i am crazy... not certified but im workin on it...

    if youre comfortable, in the right mood.. you can just cruise..its amazing how many k's you can cover.

    250s are great caus theyre so light.. specially on gravel. you can go anywhere just gota have the guts!
    just get out there!!!!! so much to see mate....

    lets us know if you wana go for a ride anyway.
    .. mudjimba is a good ride... north of gympie and great pizza there too. about 3hrs from bris. :cool:
  8. to emilmh
    matti.west is quoting poetry..

    famous bush poetry

    henry lawson????
    noo.. wait..........they other guy...ummmm????? help
  9. but what has that got to do with me? :LOL:
  10. oh and Pragnasty that headlight conversion you have looks awesome! makes it look like a streetfighter
  11. emilmh
    Posted: Thu Apr 13, 2006 7:49 pm Post subject:
    oh and Pragnasty that headlight conversion you have looks awesome! makes it look like a streetfighter

    the term would be "fully sick"

    clancy of the overflow....... :LOL:

    i got it!!!
  13. Sorry mate you got a vision into my head very scary place. I was sitting at my PC staring out at a concrete wall dreaming of buggering off to the bush for a ride and bam you hit me with you post.

    Clancy is the guy who said stuff it I'm gong bush and I'm Banjo Patterson stuck in my everday exisitance.
  14. Great trip report and pics - thanks!

    (And it's nice to read a bit of Banjo again, too!)
  15. Lol i was a noob at the time too!! I had only done ~1000km total on my bike when i embarked on the trip. I'd only owned the bike for about 6 weeks when i did it!!

    The funny thing was that trip contributed to 2/3 of the total distance i had ridden on the bike when i got back. The first 1000km took about 6 week. The second and third 1000km took 13.5 hours and 12 hours respectively.

    I rode from syd - Melbourne on the Friday = ~1050km in 15 hours (including stops)

    Stayed in Melbourne on the saturday

    Rode Melb - Syd home on the Sunday = ~1050 in 14 hours (including stops)

    So really i completed 2100km in 29hours! :grin: It was a great trip and lots of fun.