In May we did a trip north to Birdsville to join many other adventure riders for Tugboat Bill’s memorial on big red. We didn’t ride but I figure this post is okay on here because it was an adventure riding function and we saw many amazing places in the outback that make fantastic rides.
Bill Laver was an amazing man and while I, like many other’s at the memorial, didn’t really know him personally I admired him and have friends that knew him very well. Bill was in all of the early Motorbikin Dvd’s and at many popular rides in Qld and throughout Australia. He led a very interesting life, first growing up as a lighthouse keepers son, as a tugboat driver and an adventurer. Bill sadly had an end to his life in 2012 after a battle with the Black Dog for many years. The memorial was a beautiful way to remember him and I am very glad we made the trip.
We started the trip by heading north through the Gawler Ranges which is a beautiful spot that is relatively untouched by tourism as yet, unlike the Flinder’s Ranges. The countryside is similar but perhaps more varied in scope of the scenery. We camped the first night in the bush alongside a station boundary fence and had a rabbit cooked in the camp oven for dinner.
After leaving the camp we passed old camel camp tanks and the salt lakes of Lake Gairdner NP. To the west in the distance we could see huge sandhills near Goog’s Track and the dingo fence. We stopped at the recently re-opened Kingoonya Pub to say hi and have a beer then continued on to Woomera where we took a look at the rocket display. After Woomera we headed out to take a look at the strange town of Andamooka, where we didn’t stop but went back to take the Borefield Track and find a camp for the night. After passing the mines at Roxby we turned off down a track and found a campsite in between the dunes.
On the third day we finished the Borefield Track, which runs from Roxyby Downs to the Oodnadatta Track. Then we went to take a look at Lake Eyre South via a track that leaves from near Marree, through the Muloorina Station to the Goyder Channel. It was a beautiful drive, although Ani was disappointed that the apparent beach led to nothing but salt flats. She was all psyched up for a swim so we went back to the station so she could swim in the creek and we could have lunch. Late that afternoon we headed back to Marree where we met up with some riders going to the memorial. We spent the night in the pub (a Friday night), having a beaut dinner, drinking and playing with darts. After midnight we rolled the swag out next to the pub and went to sleep.
tbc.. in the meantime here are some pics