Gerry #4 Goin' home...

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Gerry #4 Goin' home...

Post by Prof » Mon Aug 15, 2016 11:54 pm

Well after a 10 thousand k ride Gerry will be home soon. We spent a solid 8 days in the workshop doing the mods Gerry had been waiting to do for a long time and a bit more. New traditional trumpy aircleaners, electrics box (moved battery, solenoid, fuses etc) and trim new side covers, extra lock on the springer front end, new chain and sprocket, new forward controls (HD rear master cylinder) and a whole lot of cleaning up a birds nest of wiring under the tank.

I had intended to organise a couple of local rides with the CA guys, but the work took so long, his wife was getting a bit lonely, so we thought he'd better make tracks. As you've seen we finally got the chopper going about 9pm Friday night and Gerry decided to head off in the morning. I had considered getting some guys to ride back some of the way with him, but all was too hectic and I wasn't sure when he'e actually be ready to go.

However, Rilda took the bit between her teeth, grabbed my little red book and started calling. She finally managed to organise (in same cases cajole) four blokes to join Gerry. Mick, Terry and Victor agreed to meet Gerry at Castle Plaza and Tony from Mallala said he'd wait on the highway just out of Two Wells. Rilda would call when Gerry left Willunga.

I was half expecting Jett at the workshop, but unable to contact him decided to escort Gerry to Castle Plaza... would have been a bit disastrous if Gerry missed the guys. Jett rolled up as we were about to leave, but had enough to do for an hour or so without me breathing down his neck!
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Weather was very cool, but clear as Triumph and Shovel blasted into life. I led with Gerry close behind. Traffic was quite thick but for Gerry's sake I behaved myself and just tootled along sticking mostly to the left lane. Along the Southern Expressway at one point I motioned for Gerry to close up and I got a half a dozen photos...
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Thick traffic again once off the Expressway. They are currently doing major roadworks with long delays on South Road, Darlington, so turned off onto Marion Road. Major mistake. A water main had blown and we were down to one lane and every other driver had also decided to avoid South Road. For a cold day, my motor sure got hot as we sat, moved a couple of car lengths, sat and then repeated the process for at least twenty minutes. Plentyu of time to get pics of Gerry at a standstill...
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Finally rolled into Castle Plaza and found the boys waiting patiently at the servo...
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Gave the blokes 20 minutes to get to know Gerry and then suggested they get moving. Gerry and Mick...
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Terry...
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Victor. He missed a lunch appointment with his wife to be with us, so I owe his wife an apology...
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Terry and Mick agreed to lead Gerry through the city and out to Two Wells to meet Tony. They only just made it as he was sure they'd already passed by and was only restrained by a phone call from Rilda; she can be very persuasive! Tony sent the following photos and a few words...
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It was a great to catch up the guys and ride with Gerry and Terry to Pt Wakefield. (Mick headed home from Two Wells)
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The Weather was perfect. Terry(650 yamaha) is a fun guy to ride with. Hope to do it again soon. At Pt Wakefield I brought the guys a coffee. We said our goodbyes and then Terry and I cruised back to Mallala. Terry kept going towards home.

Gerry camped in a free park 30k south of Pt Augusta "and froze to death". He called me at lunch time from Wudinna and was planning on staying the night at Ceduna. Says it has all been plain sailing except for a loose bolt on his footboard and the clutch cable kept coming adrift until he tied it in place with cable tie.

Gerry 's in a hurry to get home so I don't expect much in the way of info or pics until he's settled down in his couch! I guess after three months that's fair enough.
Chopit'nrideit... Prof

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Re: Gerry #4 Goin' home...

Post by Bearcx » Fri Aug 19, 2016 9:13 am

Great pics and story. Happy that Gerry got all the 'bugs' fixed on his Trumpy, and some of the guys escorted him on his way home. Good stuff. :D
The brave may not live long, but, the cautious do not live at all.

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Re: Gerry #4 Goin' home...

Post by Prof » Fri Aug 19, 2016 10:40 pm

Email from Gerry...

Well repairs and chopper talk has to come to an end, it is time to pack up and head west...
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This simple bottle started off covering my ratchet-strap buckle, to stop it rubbing on my jerry-can however it ended up doing a more important job of holding all the flapping excess straps, lasted the whole way home as well...
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The stop to hook-up with Tony at Two Wells, was to reveal a 8 day secret, the missing front sprocket lock washer, it must have been sitting on/in the motor somewhere and vibrated through now securely tucked into my newly added toolbox, Mick left us here, Thanks Mick...
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A short break at Port Wakefield to have a few words and a coffee with my escort, thanks guys great to have company, it makes a great ride just that much better...
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About 30k’s short of Port Augusta a free-camp beckoned and made up my camp. I met a Japanese tourist, who has been travelling around Oz in a twin cab Toyota(?) for 15 months, picking up odd jobs tiling. Didn’t want his photo taken, but he was kind enough to bring me 2 Krispy Kreme donuts before he left.

The camp was a bit close to the hwy but I got through that ok. The fire was defiantly needed, as the temperature dropped to 4 degree’s. My wood was within reach of my swag, so only one arm needed...
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Port Augusta seems to be a jinx to me; I probably lost more than an hour with trying to find a supermarket to grab some camp food. Then my clutch cable kept coming adrift. I solved this with a zip-tie and some fibre tape.

My pulse rate doubled as I cruised the streets, a quick glance in the mirror showed a patrol car with lights flashing behind me. I indicated and turned right, however the car carried on straight ahead.

All of this could have been avoided, as the Foodland was on the highway another block and I would have seen it...
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Re: Gerry #4 Goin' home...

Post by Prof » Thu Aug 25, 2016 9:22 pm

Gerry continues...

My Triumph has been running like the well oiled machine it is, seemingly only having to stop for fuel, coffee and food all happen at the same stop, I never seem to realise some of the photos I need to get are at different intervals, the wildlife won’t allow me the time to get and ready the camera for a shot, until it’s too late.
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Fuel stop at Wudinna, interestingly, I saw a chap looking at my trusty bike from a distance for 10 minutes or so, when I grabbed a coffee and returned to the bike, here he was walking round and round the chopper taking it all in, after 10/15 minutes or so he spied me and hesitatingly asked,,,,,,, Is this a……Harley???????, an enlightingly conversation took place until his wife took his away.
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Wudinna has this monument to the farmers, erected and maintained by the town, I spent 30minutes trying to get someone to take my photo with the bike, two girls wandered past but no amount, of pleading would convince them to take a photo or two, it was one of the rare times no caravanners were in sight anywhere in town.
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One of the few times I got so tired I could not continue, I took 25 minutes to walk around, look at the pleasing sight of my chopper and contemplate my trip so far, aware of the thoughts in the back of my mind, I am heading towards the end of this trip, but I do still have a great ride ahead. So riding mode again and I hit the saddle.
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I was told about a stand of timber about 30k’s past Penong, so I decided that would-be my free-camp for the night, the temperature dropped to 2 degrees, I did have to wander over the highway to get my supply of firewood for the night, turned out my last camp for the trip as it was to come in wet and I wasn’t prepared or equipped for the rain.
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These distances seem to be for the people who don’t really want to travel, the only distance I need to know is for my fuel distance, the rest will look after itself at some time or other.
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The Bight is always a spectacular stop, there are a lot of wildflowers around but by their nature are sparse so hard to get decent photos...

Miles of beachfront property, spectacular views, great fishing, no neighbours for miles & miles,
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Easy gardening, just wait till the rains sit back and watch it all happen, not an overabundance of colour, but they sure draw the tourists...
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But you do need to watch where you stand, 100 tons can let go at once with a cliff face of 100ft vertical or so, not a great place to feel brave...
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The WA border is here now, as is the fruit quarantine stop, the inspector ask about fruit but docent search anything. Another stage of my journey is over, with the day surprisingly warming up, 11am
and it is time to get rid of my wet coat, and ride in my tee shirt and vest.
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I decided to stop at Cocklelbiddy as the wet was supposed to be in that afternoon, which it did, however Cocklebiddy had a road crew in and there were no rooms left, a quick phone call ahead to check Caiguna 1 room left I booked it and took off, very nervous, almost dark, rain starting, kangaroo time also wombats and cows, to make matters worse I couldn’t find my ‘after dark’ glasses, had to lift my tinted visor to see the road rain stinging like needles.

Made Caiguna they had held my room, booked in and fuelled up. Bar time 2 beers and 2 Bundies while I chatted with a BMW off road type rider, who did not understand my chopper he had been to Birdsville some meeting which I didn’t understand, but, he did have heated grips, which really has got me thinking, mmmmm. Maybe…….? More thinking on this one.
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Always a highlight to see this road sign, however the thought mostly running through my mind is ‘oh no square tyre’ great morning to be riding sun is out but very cold, 1000k’s if I try to make Perth today, I decide if the rain stays away I will give it a go, Epco pipes cranked up, re-positioned floor boards comfortable as I head into the sunrise...

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Re: Gerry #4 Goin' home...

Post by Prof » Fri Aug 26, 2016 9:23 am

The final leg...

A good run would see me hit Perth late afternoon, with a fairly stiff breeze almost behind me sun shining intermittently through the narly, but reasonable high clouds.

I was hopeful of making good time, but the wind turned blustery and the rain came in showers. By the time I made Balladonia I excepted I would not home.

Hit Norseman in the constant rain, grabbed a ‘free’ coffee, I use these to warm my hands up as much as to pick-me-up. I smoked for 30years hence any cold weather my fingertips turn blue and I lose the feeling through my whole hand(s) the right one being the worst as it has been seriously injured a lot over the years.

A traveler in Norseman asked ‘what year is the Triumph’ (he had owned one in the 50’s) when I explained about the return of Triumph he got a little excited, what size motor? he asked, 800cc I informed him, the perplexed look I got should have warned me, then he informed me Triumph mostly made 650cc I spent considerable time explaining the world was moving forward. The springer then got him more confused.

I know I wasn’t able to convince him I was riding a late model bike he believes it is a 1950’s triumph with a smaller motor than I had told him.


As I hit the 110km sign I again try to work the magic with the camera,,,,,,, no luck I stuff that all up, so tuck it back in my pocket. Sorry Guys no more photos.

I left this area in late 90’s and haven’t been back since the roadworks have transformed the whole trip, with new bitumen and a lot of passing lanes added,

I actually started thinking I might make Perth yet, however the wind picked up and dropped more rain, By the time I made Tammin I was beat, fuel up, book in for the night, buy a meal, gasp, shock, horror. The motel owner found a tarp for my bike and let me hide it away from prying eyes.

A good night’s sleep, hit the road around 7.30am sun, not warm but was there, the breeze coming in from the north 2hrs to go.

First hour, comfortable but then the storms started, cold and miserable could barely see, never got over 70kph.

I hit the shopping centre near home and was worried about not having any feeling in my hands, would I be able to use my controls to stop without falling off. Got into my parking spot and parked ok but couldn’t get my gloves off to take my helmet off, my beloved of 44yrs and our youngest grandson were there to greet me. A magnificent exciting and fulfilling ride is over.

No matter how long I have been away, no matter how cold and uncomfortable the ride became, the last 50kays was a heavy sadness; there was no ride tomorrow; it is over.

For those of you that followed this journey I hope I have given you an insight of my road trip, and I must apologise to those who put in comments for not replying, but I did read them and they were very much appreciated, And I thank you for them.

Gerry. (Tri4)

P.S. On a sad note my Jerry can which I carried from the start, and used regularly, decided to depart it’s resting place somewhere between Southern Cross and Tammin, and of course it was full!!!

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Re: Gerry #4 Goin' home...

Post by Bearcx » Mon Aug 29, 2016 10:23 am

..... the only distance I need to know is for my fuel distance, the rest will look after itself

That is a classic line.

Well done Gerry, glad you made it home all safe and sound. Thankyou for sharing all your photos, thoughts and commentary.
Been a long time since I've done a big trip, brought back some good memories.
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Reflecting.

Post by Tri4 » Tue Sep 06, 2016 8:02 am

Thanks Bearcx I noticed you followed and commented regularly on my ride, thanks for that. Thanks also to Prof who also was a great coaxer getting a lot more words from me, also thanks with the mods my Triumph needed, now looks and acts more like a chopper should.
I'v done a lot of reflecting since I got home, but I have had a real 'slack attack' and not done much else, a few little jobs around the house is all. I'm hoping with the warmer weather I can lift my game a little.

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