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Simpson Desert on Motorbikes

Nathan's health update

Thought I would let you all know how Nathan is doing since returning home. We have been to the GP and had x-rays. He has a grade 3 AC joint separation which should heal completely in time (we hope) and a chip off the right thumb base joint, which is now starting to...Read More »

Day 11 - Dubbo to Home

Final Day – Sunday, 15 April 2012

Km’s done: 350

Mick: Freezing cold ride from Dubbo through to the Blue Mountains, we had a few mornings like this as all our riding clothes were geared up for hot desert riding. With frozen butts coming down the Lapstone hill on the M4, Buckets...Read More »

Day 10 - Broken Hill to Dubbo

Saturday, 14 April 2012

Km’s done: 753

Mick: We got to Dubbo for our last night before making it home, this was a massive 11 hrs in the saddle and going dark, with about 50km to go the bloody roos started coming out of the wood work. Headlights and helmet visors covered...Read More »

Day 9 - Parachilna to Broken Hill

Friday, 13 April 2012

Km’s done:  approx. 600

Nath: It was a nice ride this morning even with a sore arm and the three of us enjoyed coming through the Flinders Rangers. Big sweeping bends and a few dips through creek beds. Arriving in Hawker for our morning coffee, we swapped stories...Read More »

Day 8 - Mungerannie to Parachilna

Thursday, 12 April 2012

Km’s done: 387

Mick: Phil had rung through to Marree another 200kms down the track asking the nurse to hang around for an extra couple of hours to have a look and Nathan’s shoulder while I lazed around in the hot spring. Then I went and got a...Read More »

Day 7 - Big Red to Mungerannie

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Km’s done: 315

Mick: Up early and back into Birdsville feeling like a bunch of failures, first stop into the info centre to hand our sat phone back to where we hired it from rather than Mt Dare on the western edge. Not feeling bad enough when I...Read More »

Day 6 - Birdsville to Big Red

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

77km done

Nath and Mick: Windy as in Birdsville this morning. We had an easy start to the day with a bit of a sleep in then blew over to the famous Birdsville bakery for a curry camel pie and coffee for breaky “well Buckets had bacon and...Read More »

Day 5 - Innamincka to Birdsville

Monday, 9 April 2012

502km done

Nath: A late start to the day as we all slept in a bit due to the servo opening at 8:30am SA time. That’s 9am off the time we are running on. Any who, we packed up, pumped some juice into our bikes and headed for...Read More »

Day 4 - Tibooburra to Innamincka

Sunday, 8 April 2012

Happy Easter All.

360km done today.

Nath: Cool start to the morning again and we were back on the road by around 7:30am. Lots of kangaroo’s, emu’s and bird life around. The landscape has change to red dunes with lots of greenery around due to all the water running...Read More »

Day 3 - Wilcannia to Tibooburra

Saturday, 7 April 2012

Km’s done: 460

Not sure what time we started this morning but by the gods it was freezing on the bikes and lots of emu’s about. Once into Broken Hill we ran into some local’s, Axle, Johnno and “old mate” on the boulevard, at the coffee shop. They...Read More »

Day 2 - Dubbo - Wilcannia

Friday, 6 April 2012

Start time: 7.30am

Km’s done: 605

Finish time: 5.30pm

Nath: Got up, packed a bit, ate our pre-packed cereal with powdered milk “not too bad too”. Finished packing and back on the road at 7.30am.

It was very windy on the first leg and Mick and I were trying to test...Read More »

Day 1 - Home to Dubbo

Thursday, 5 April 2012

Start time: 4pm

Km’s done: 435

Finish time: 11pm

Nath: Arrived at Lithgow at 6pm for a Macca’s dinner. Mick had forgotten his phone and had no liner in his jacket. It is freakin cold! Pulled up at Mudgee Driver Reviver at 8pm as we all needed a break from...Read More »

Pre-trip Diary #2


Mick: Sunday morning ride to test out the new tyres and where else would we go but to the local motorcycle accessories store MCA down at Auburn. Nathan and I grabbed some new ventilated gloves to help deal with the hot weather riding, some more spare tubes as we punctured one...Read More »

Pre-trip Diary


Nath: We spent the day changing tyres over to ensure we are capable on the day if needed in the outback. Mick’s front and my 2 tyres have now been swapped over.

Buckets lent me a whole bunch of gear (boots, pants, pannier bags) cause I’m to cheap to buy it...Read More »

Boys Bike Trip - Simpson Desert 2012

It’s the boys turn to do a trip and write the blog so buckle in for some crude fun and probably a few spelling mistakes.

It was a ways back Michael, Buckets (AKA Steve) and I (AKA Nathan) bought Suzuki DR650’s with the intentions of getting out into some remote locations...Read More »

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