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Tuesday, 8 May 2018

05/05/2018 Glendambo South Australia

Not the best time of the day for me but for this ride but at 4am it was out of bed after an early 10pm bedtime.

On the road and still half asleep on our way over to our town's only ATM to get the needed start time on the transaction receipt. This was a ride where we needed to ride a minimum of 1000 km or 621 miles within 24 hours while needing to arrive at the destination and check in between 11:30 and midday local time (GMT + 9.5).

The outward bound journey was more about getting there on time stopping only for fuel, food and nature/rest  stops as needed. All was ok and we arrived at 11:20 but just looking at the pictures I took forgot to reset the camera time back an hour when our DST ended a few weeks ago.

The sun wasn't above the horizon at 6:50 am when I took this. The hills at this intersection are where the Yourumbulla caves are on the Quorn to Hawker Road.

We had an hour and a half of night riding before I took the photo and I lost count of the number of kangaroos I saw in that time. Luckily most just stood by the side of the road or hopped away into scrub. Sometimes one or more would jump across the road but nearer the end of the driving light range.


Our Honda ST1100A with some of the other bikes parked in Front of the Glendambo Pub

 
 
 
 
 
Before it got crowded inside I took some pictures.

Dining Room



A wool bale set up



I haven't seen one of these for almost a life time - Pianola


Our friend Pete just bought this one BMW R1200RT and on it's first long distance ride with the new owner.


The Glendambo Hotel. The location itself has a hotel, two roadhouses and staff housing.


We refuelled the bike at the BP roadhouse before leaving for the ride back home.

 
Because we don't travel up this way often I planned on a few stops for some pictures on the return trip. The highway which is part of the Adelaide to Darwin route passes between a few dried out salt lakes and some view/rest stops have been provided.
 
The first stop is Lake Hart which more tourist orientated with information about the area. For the night riding I need to do at times I would not to be without the driving lights that can be seen each side of the wind screen.
 
 
The next stop is at Island Lagoon North and an area that is quite similar to the Nullarbor Plain in that there are very few trees around.
 


 
The next stop is at Woomera where I went to have a look at the rocket park
 
 
 
 




After Woomera there is Island Lagoon South for a few more pictures. 
 


The Stuart Highway heading South and towards home.

 
The total ride distance for the day was 1026 km (from Sat Nav) with the next image showing the route from home to home. I went South At Port Augusta so as not to repeat the early morning ride.