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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03 June, 2010
This packing "everything" onto the bike is a new experience.....some learned friends suggest you layout everything you think you need, take away half and then halve it again.... I've got a lot to learn. Maybe I'll be posting a few things home!!!! One thing is for sure I wont be getting rid of any safety or communications equipment. I feel like I've got half the bloody office with me , mobile phones, ASUS computer, flash drives, cameras - video and still, lights, the bikes even wired to plug in the equipment.  I reckon some smart arse will want to knock up a tax return or a new ad.

We also have a topo GPS and a GPS PLB just in case. Speaking of the GPS navigating on a bike is not easy. I'm trying route notes this time and trying not to forget to reset the odometer (which is also important for judging fuel consumption).

Using the odometer function in the GPS gives me two odometers but neithers any good if you forget to reset them. I'm going to use the dymo to make myself a reminder and stick it on the screen.

Anyway, roll on Saturday I cant wait to cut out.