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Canberra to Karijini - and Beyond!

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    I’m finally taking some long service leave this year and planning on an extended ride on the Tiger. On my bucketlist is Karijini National Park, so thats the main destination. I’ll have 8 weeks from September 10 with the route being Canberra – Karijini – Coral Coast – Pinnacles – Perth – Margaret River – Pemberton – South coast of WA (and Stirling Range) – Home, for a total of about 11,000km. My wife will join me for a week in Perth, where we we’ll do Rottnest Island and Margaret River. I thought I would post the trip up here and see what tips, tricks, advice I pick up before I go. I’ll have topbox, hard panniers, tank bag, 3 waterproof bags for gear, including tent, sleeping bag and mat. I’ll get the bike serviced before I go and then maybe again in Perth (+new tyres?). Perth mechanic and tyre dealer recommendations welcomed.

    I’m not mechanically minded but will take the basics – tyre repair kit, chain lube (which one? Likely sandy conditions), basic tools, cable ties, gaffer tape – what else?

    Places to stay (mostly camping), things to see along the route? Of course I’ll check out all the tourist guides but if you know of any local secrets or secluded campsites, I’d love to know. Particularly if you have been to Karijini before.

    How liberal can I be with where I set my cruise-control? I’m thinking in particular of when I’m crossing the Nullarbor and then up through the middle of WA. Its 4600km just to get to Karijini which will take a while at 100km/h. Is riding in WA like riding in Victoria (got booked for 4km/h over)?

    The Tiger’s range is about 400km (350km to be safe). As far as I can work out, I shouldn’t need to carry extra fuel. The distance between roadhouses should always be less than this.

    Ideas for carrying extra water? Thinking of maybe getting a small jerry and a holder to attach to panniers. The drawback of this is I would need to drill into the panniers to attach, which I would like to avoid.

    The planned route looks something like this:

    https://goo.gl/maps/kkwzNLN1jmv

    Any “Ahh, I didn’t think of THAT!” suggestions are much appreciated.
     
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    not that i have used one and the weight might be a drain over long distances but you could try a camelback for water
     
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    Not sure what the po-po are like now but I used to work in Broome (circa 2004)and made several trips to Perth during the time I was there. There were no stresses about doing 20 over on the highway from Broome to Newman then down to Meekatharra (the inland route), slowing to the posted limit when within 20k's of any towns. You'd rarely see a cop but there were plenty of escorts for oversize loads so that could affect your average somewhat. Definitely stick to the limit within the bigger towns and especially the south west. The roads are very open and usually well maintained, just watch out for wedge tailed eagles (big bastards), roo's and perhaps a camel (not the smokeable variety!). Not all roadhouses are 24hr but they should be no more than 300k's or so if they are. If you're going coastal, then Coral Bay and the Ningaloo reef should be on the list and Kalbarri to Perth with all towns in between have the best beaches in Oz (but then I am a little biased!). Hope you like seafood!
    Margaret River - chocolate, cheese, wine and white port (if Red Gate wines are still running)... have fun, I'm very envious!
     
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    The Nullarbour will kill your rear tyre, a friend did the run to Perth from Sydney and back, he planned on getting a new tyre once in Perth but wasn't the case, because of the extra weight with cargo he had to get one in Norseman. Get your fuel in Eucla (it's about 15 mins down the highway after Border Village) it's cheaper than Border Village as it's on the highway, but up to you on the day.
    Also watch out for Emu's and Horse's on the Nullarbour, in the North West there will be very big cattle along the road in areas, the Wedge Tailed Eagles are spectacular however they all feed off of the roadkill so unfortunately they become roadkill as well from the road trains.
    There's not much on Rottnest Island but sand, beach, sand and beach where every you go however a lot of history there, take plenty of water and plan to be there all day to get in the majority of the sights, you can travel the island via bicycle.
     
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    Have you thought of mounting a 5L water bottle on the front of your bike above the wheel?
     
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    Cool trip. Can't give much bike advice as haven't been riding long. But lived and worked for many years from Kal to Meeka and traveled heaps through the South West.

    Consider Leinster to Meeks through Sandstone/magnet/cue, rather then through wiluna. Good quality road even if a little further. Cool geology to admire around Sandstone too and the Agnew Hotel is a blast from the past.

    Watch fuel quality from the smaller roadhouse's, fill up where the big rigs do. Limited hours in some towns, no fuel after nightfall or on Sundays.

    As mentioned before, animals a big worry. Watch the eagles full of dead roo. They take ages to get off the ground. Bungarras are tough to spot and can be as wide as a road lane. As well as emus and roos, watch for goats, sheep, horses, cows and camels.

    Heading south, super windy south of Geraldton along the coast. But skip over to the coast at lancelin rather then staying inland. Cervantes is a nice little town, as is Moore River.

    Don't skimp time on the southern towns. Walpole to Esperance is spectacular country, arguably better then Margaret River region.

    Finally, heading north, last shop on the left in Menzies does a cracking bacon and egg sambo.

    Happy to answer any more WA questions.
     
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    And Leinster has a free Olympic swimming pool!!! You will need it :)
     
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    Thanks guys. Some really good info there.
    Yes, had been wondering whether to go through Magnet or Wiluna, so you may have made my mind up for me there.
    I am looking forward to the Walpole to Esperance section more than Margaret River.
    Hadn't thought of the 5L water bottle idea, so will just have to see if I can mount it somehow. I will probably take a camelback with me but would prefer not to be wearing it.
    Ningaloo area, Kalbarri, Cervantes, all definitely on the list
     
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    This is good advice, especially noting that you may be in the saddle for three plus hours at a time—potentially in 40 plus heat, the ability to maintain hydration could prove a life saver.

    I have done some longer runs with a camelbak and found that the ability to take regular drinks of water kept me alert on hotter days. I would advise that, after you have taken a sip, you apply positive pressure to the drink-tube to force any residual water back into the reservoir; otherwise your next sip will be hot water. If you put some ice in the pack you can also access cool water for quite some time (assuming you buy one of the well insulated models.

    If you are conserving your funds, there are cheaper options than the Camelbak brand that also seem to work well. I believe that Caribee and Anoconda brands, amongst others, get the job done just as well.
     
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