July 27, 2007

AUS TRIP – Fri 27 July 07 – DAY 27 – >7000 ? kms

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , — SL @ 3:58 pm

Dear Family and Friends [ cc NSW PiRiders ]

We've just crossed into WA and are now camped here at Kununurra, with a
beautiful outlook to red, rocky, outcrops and cliffs.

Warm on the bike… about 31 degrees, and hot when stopped..e.g at the
WA border..

Coming through the Victoria River region/Gregory National Park yesterday
and in western NT was a treat too: beautiful country. (You'd love it
Noeline: beautiful rocks, Great riding too).

Kakadu was great, but it didn't want us to leave. Leaving Cooinda, the
bike took a few goes to start. The starter motor wasn't firing. I said
to J it must be all the flaming ants…(they were a few on the bike
where we camped.

The starting problems continued as we wended our way north to Jabiru and
then Ubirr Rock, South Alligator and Annaburroo. On the outskirts of
Darwin. the bike finally refused to start at all. Hmm.. dead starter or
relay I thought.

BMW Roadside Assistance (BRSA) came to the rescue and a man with a truck
took 'Gebrselassie' to the doctors (Honeycombes BMW, Darwin), and the
nice lady at BRSA also found some accommodation for us (which can be
very hard to find in Darwin). After a day and half we get the R1200
back: ants had colonised the starter relay and got baked onto the
terminals. A new relay fixed the problem.

We did a quick tour of Darwin once we got the bike back…thankfully we
are more interested in the country-side/natural beauty than man-made
'wonders'… though we were both impressed with government house at

After Darwin we went down to Katherine, then to Timber Creek in western
NT. (Hopefully TC was not the inspiration for Wolf Creek, the movie).

Well…'must away. Hope this finds yawl well.

S & J



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