Day 3

Started early and the weather was perfect for riding. No wind, blue skies and almost noone on the roads

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The riding was so nice, I decided to do a few kilometers before stopping for breakfast. The scenery around the Southern flinders area is amazing and I realised how much I love this part of Australia. Rob and I have done a few rides through here when living in SA and it was still just as impressive.

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Limited to uploading phone pictures, it just doesn’t capture what I’m seeing!

Stopped for breaky in Wilmington and then pushed on to Port Augusta. I rode through Horrocks Pass, enjoying some lovely corners. When I popped out the other side of the pass the landscape changed and the wind picked up. Had a quick stop before getting on Main North Road into Port Augusta.

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At this point I was leaving behind roads and towns I knew and headed to new places.

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It was roughly 155km to Kimba and the wind was picking up. I got mildly concerned about fuel economy but this quickly diminished as I got busy looking around. Thankfully the road was relatively quiet and people didn’t appear too bothered by Sherpa’s slow speed. Sherpa is still sitting on 85-90km/ph, allowing me time to see the sights. As I rode along I spotted a large kangaroo standing behind a tree. It looked like he was waiting jump out and say boo to someone. Glad it wasn’t me!

On the other side of Kimba the landscape changes again.

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I was making really good time and decided to stop for the night at Wudinna. Enquired at the caravan park about a cabin. I was happy to spend $85 but they only had $95 cabins left. Ummed and ahad, deciding to camp instead but they then offered me a van for $50. I couldn’t say no to that!

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Looking forward to a big rest and then heading to Fowlers Bay tomorrow. Thanks for travelling with us.

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Navigator!

Hi there! Let me introduce myself, I’m Navigator, the captain of this adventure.

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I am an assistant dog in training and Kath has strapped me on for the ride. As captain, I sit up front, guiding the way and importantly keeping Kath company. I am also Kath’s guard dog, keeping any trouble away. I may look small and cuddly but I have a fierce little bark when needed (lucky it hasn’t been needed yet!).

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I love adventure and exploring. So far this adventure has taken us through so many landscapes, all offering their own smells and bugs. Occasionally the wind picks up, but I don’t mind, it just makes the smells more interesting!

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Things were frosty last night!

Camping has been fun but tonight Kath decided to stay in a caravan. The sign out the front said NO PETS, but I snuck in! Once in I quickly settled on the bed for a well earned rest!

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It is lovely to meet you and I hope you enjoy travelling along with us.

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The captain and the rider!

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Day 2 – Another day, another 520km!

Wind – 0 Kath -1!!

I survived my first night camping and was up bright and early. Packing up didn’t take too long and I was planning to eat breaky in Mildura.

I was on the road at about 8 and it turned out the wind was too! Riding with a head wind reduced Sherpa’s speed to 85km/h or 90 if I ducked right down! People seemed pretty patient though.

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Navigator was still all smiles despite the constant wind!

Quick breakfast in Mildura and then onto Renmark. As I travelled the wind battered me from both the front and side, tying to wear me down but I fought back! After 112km I went onto reserve and still had 30 or so to go till fuel. When I filled up my economy was 6.5l per 130km. I only have a 9l tank, very glad I packed a jerry can!!

Pushed on and turned off the main highway towards Monash – Morgan – Burra – Spalding, finishing up in Jamestown. Another big day and it was interesting watching the scenery change so much as I travelled along. As I got further into South Australia, it became greener and greener.

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Doesn't quiet capture the colours!

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As I approached Jamestown I debated with myself about camping. I asked prices when I arrived – $80 for a cabin or $15 to camp. A quick call to Rob and I went with camping. Now I can donate more to the super puppies!

I was told I could camp anywhere on the grass. Due to the wind I wanted to be sheltered, so I am camping next to the ladies toilet/shower block! No wind and crazy convenient!

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Another great day. Even with the mighty wind, I had a smile on my face and was loving every slow minute of it!!

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Day one

Day one is complete and my body is feeling it. I did 520km, finishing the day up in Robinvale,VIC. I have stayed here before and it’s just as nice as I remember.

I discovered the best thing about camping on a solo trip is you have things to do at your destination. Didn’t take long to set up the tent and unpack, getting it all done just before the sun went to bed!

Today’s riding took me on mostly tar roads but I did manage to find a lovely dirt road as well. There is lots of canola around at the moment, making a nice mix of yellow and green scenery!

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It was interesting to revisit some places I previously rode through in 2010. I was amazed at what I could and couldn’t remember!

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All up it was a lovely day. The weather was amazing, scenery didn’t disappoint and Sherpa ran like a dream. Navigator did a great job showing me where to go and I’m looking forward to doing it all again tomorrow.

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Spent last Friday night packing and getting ready for the BIG trip. Rob suggested I do a practice ride to get use the weight of the bike, check it was comfortable and everything was packed well.
With the bike all packed and the weather looking good we decided to get up early and go riding on Saturday. I was taking it really slow on the bike as I wasn’t use to that much weight but as my confidence grew I was able to almost keep up with Rob!

We did a little bit of dirt riding which really slowed me down. The scenery around here is amazing, especially on a clear day. We didn’t go far but was great to putt around and get a feel for the bike fully loaded.

Only 1 more week and it’s GO time. The nerves are starting to creep in but I am also very excited for the road ahead!

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The rider and her machine.

The dreamer and her machine.

This is me and the trusty machine that will take me across the Nullarbor. I am looking forward to taking you along with me and sharing the stories, adventures and sights on my blog.

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