Motorcycle Diary Part 4: Nullarbor

We are now in Norseman, having crossed the Nullarbor in two long hops, with a night in Madura.  From Ceduna we DID NOT go to Denial Bay.

We rode to Madura, stopping occasionally to look at cliffs. I lost the others again, and of course I was the only one whose baggage was searched at the WA border. After a night’s sleep at Madura we arose early, and tackled the second half of the Nullabor. The consensus was to do it in only two legs even though it meant long days.  I have found my bike cruises comfortably, (and more economically) around 98K real speed according to the GPS, which is about 105 on the clock.  the speed limit in WA is 110.  My preferred speed is about 5-10Kph less than the others prefer.  So I find myself riding alone a lot, and catching up at rest stops, or else I set out ahead of them and get passed along the route.  There is a certain pleasure riding in formation in a pack, but much greater fun being free to proceed at one’s own pace and stop to take a photo at will.

For most it seems the Nullabor is a long stretch of nothing to be endured, and got over as quickly as possible.  I found it fascinating, and I would have liked to go slower still, look more attentively for wildlife, and enjoy the very “Australian” feel of the region.

I am coming back.  With a bigger bike, and a swag.

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About Uisce úr

Though I am old with wandering Through hollow lands and hilly lands, I will find out where she has gone, And kiss her lips and take her hands; And walk among long dappled grass, And pluck till time and times are done, The silver apples of the moon, The golden apples of the sun.
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2 Responses to Motorcycle Diary Part 4: Nullarbor

  1. I lived in Sydney some 45 years ago for a year when I was 20 years old. I love Australia and the people. My roommate (Harvey Smith) was from Perth. On one of his holidays back in Perth he bought a motorcycle and rode it back to Sydney across the Nullarbor… broke down 3 times. The last time was a mile from our flat when the engine froze up and died for good. Ever since then I have wanted to return to Australia and ride the perimeter. I am currently working on the details and a way to make that happen. Wish me luck. Thanks for the post…

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