Day 1: 493km
Day 2: 872km
Day 3: 785km
Day 4: 880km
Day 5: 1000km
Day 6: 370km
I kept a log of total fuel spend rounded to the nearest dollar, but neglected to keep fuel prices and amounts. I’ll try my best to keep a more accurate log during the full lap.
Perth to Brisbane: 40800 points (Velocity)
Brisbane to Perth: 30000 points (Velocity)
I opted for business class! It would be less points flying economy. In hindsight, I would fly economy. It really is a waste if you don’t eat and drink the free booze (which I didn’t do on the Perth to Brisbane Leg). If you are flying Virgin, the Economy X seats are much better value for money. Then again, you get your own toilet at the pointy end, which is very nice on a 4+ hour flight!
Kimba: $5 (donation).
Mundrabilla water tanks: $0
Southern Cross: $12
Moree: I stayed at the show grounds. This place is nice, and the care takers are friendly. I only stopped here because I didn’t have enough time to find a free camp before skippy time.
Wilcannia: I cringed at the cost of the camp. It was nice, but expensive considering you are only rolling out a swag. In hindsight, I would have free camped, as the advice on this area being dangerous is totally unjustified in my option. The place might have had a bad rep, but now its a ghost town.
Kimb: This is a free camp. Donations are accepted. I have stayed here before and its a good little spot. They have a hot shower (I think $1 for 2 minutes) and a clean toilet block. Its walking distance to the local pub who will also pick you up on the courtesy bus. They are currently upgrading the site and increasing capacity.
Mundrabilla water tanks: This is not an official camp, its just a place on the Nullabor maybe 50km west of the Mundrabilla roadhouse. Its a good spot, and one of the few places on the Nullabor that is free from rubbish and toilet paper. There is water, but I wouldn’t drink it without boiling it. The local swallows were flying in and out of the water tanks so its probably full of bird shit.
Southern Cross: Recently upgraded caravan park. I stopped here because I needed a shower and I needed to charge the laptop. I highly recommend this place. The camping area is not great, its small, but its clean and tidy and the showers are hot!
Perth: This one was due to lack of experience in the area. I could have stayed at my aunts place, but I was unsure about travel times to the airport. My aunt and uncle own a house in Perth, but live on a cattle station in the Gascoyne area, so they were also unsure. I decided to play it safe and spend the night somewhere near the airport. End result was a night in the Ibis Budget Perth Airport. The place reminded me of budget hotels in South East Asia, but it was perfectly ok! I would stay there again.
Problems with the bike and gear
Mechanically, I had no issues. I also had no issues with my setup for the most part. I have done this a few times now, so have everything working pretty well. I did have some other minor problems with gear on the bike though,
Tank bag harness: The 2 plastic clips are broken. The plastic pins that hold the clips to the tank bag harness have broken on both sides. I suspect UV damage. I will need to replace the whole tank bag harness. UPDATE: Now obsolete, thanks Triumph
Top box cigarette lighter socket: One of the pins that feed power to the top box is broken. Not a real issue, and I knew about before I left. I would like to fix this, because it means I can charge the laptop as I am riding. My internet research suggests that a Triumph replacement is only possible with purchasing a new top box, which is not going to happen. I’ll head to the local dealer this week to confirm. UPDATE: Part is not available in Australia.
My Sena bluetooth unit stopped working with my Earmould’s. Also not a real issue, but its nice to be able to listen to music. This was giving me grief from the start because the plug for the headphones was playing up. I suspect that is what the real problem is. I left the helmet in Perth, so I probably wont get a chance to fix this. I can live with out it, I have done many miles without it in the past. If I can fix it, great. If I can’t, so be it.