Russells Ride 2010, Australia

Hello, my name is Russell Nurse.

This year's ride is a follow up of my first long distance dirt and tar ride last year.

We (my son Karl and I) traveled 8300km in 16 days on a pair of DR 650s and afterward I found I really had the bug.

The Donahue and Plenty Highways, the Tanami Desert, Wolf Creek Crater , the Kimberleys, Birdsville & Innamincka were no longer just places on a map and I'm itching to get going again.

Last year was about learning (lessons like running out of fuel on the Tanami or getting water in our fuel) fortunately we had vehicular support.

This year I've got a new side kick (my eldest son Luke) and we're doing it without support. On the agenda is Menindee, Tibooburra, Camerons Corner, Lyndhurst, Oodnadatta, Mt Dare, Dalhousie, Purni Bore, Finke, The Olgas and The Rock, Jervois, Boulia, Bedourie, Cordillo Downs and more.

I'll be blogging my way, as internet access permits so subscribe to the Two Wheel Touring Newsletter (see side bar) to follow my progress.

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06 June, 2010
The day started as one of the coldest Condobolin days so far this year. 

We put on extra clothing but still struggled with the cold until eventually the sun provided some relief somewhere around

Our morning 'cruise' found us riding through Lake Cargelico and Hilston. From Hilston we headed to Roto but changed our plan when we found a dirt road direct to Ivanhoe. 

The DRs really came into their own as we achieved similar road speed to the bitumen on severely rutted and slippery road. Luke soon got the hang of this after "tram tracking" a couple of times. You have to keep a keen eye open for changes ahead of you.
For me it was like last year's ride and I have enormous confidence in the DR in these conditions. We were back on bitumen a few kilometers to Ivanhoe. 

The wide open flat along here make you feel so insignificant and then there's the outback 'big sky'!  Leaving Ivanhoe we headed to Wilcannia and soon on the dirt again.  

Todays bird encounter was with an emu which fortunaelty for us both he didn't hit my helmet (ha!ha!)... he ran the other way. 

Plenty of roo's and bird life everywhere.

Staying in Wilcannia tonight.

Bye for now,



Anonymous said...

Russell, You have to keep away from those birds...your wife will be jealous..Take care cousin. Dave N.