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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18 June, 2010
Oodnadatta to Kulgera
Left Oodnadatta with cloudy weather.
Travelled about  20km and then turned off toward Hamilton Station.
This is a leser road to the Oodnadatta Track so maintenannce  was of a minimal nature after recent rains. The road had parts that were in reasonable , good , poor and very poor condition. We soon realised more caution was required than previous days.
The scenary varied significantly between stark open desert surrounds to undulating dune areasand others with creek  & creek bed crossings.
We alson passed a billabong.
The road was surprisingly twisty and the road surfaces varied from hard rock to soft sand.
It was an interesting and challenging ride which saw us both make a few riding errors  none of which caused any problems.
The road changed dramatically at the Mt Dare / New Crown Station turnoff where we headed to New Crown to cross to the Finke road.
This was an old station road with very very little maintenance and for most of the way was just two wheel ruts.
I was caught off guard by a heavily rutted creek section which had the bike wildly sideways in the air much to Luke's amusement.
Note to self - take it easy....
This was slow going until we hit the Finke rode. This was a fast rode with patches of deep sand.
As there were no sharp corners and we could maintain a good pace the sand was no problem. Deeper sand taken slowly can be heavy going and is helped by keeping your weight back and using moderate speed. 
At Finke we had  a quick break and discussed navigation.
The GPS won the discussion, we had not noticed the turnoff to Kulgeraback a few hundred metres back up the road.
We turned to Kulgera and on the way passed a couple of other riders struggling in the sandy sections.
They later complemented us on our riding style. We passed them 100km from Kulgera, had time to book in have a feed and two beers before they arrived!!!!