Adventure Never Sleeps (Fitzroy to Mt Britton)

Many great dirt miles today along the Turton Highway. Open plains county. Starting to see termite mounds more now.

Dry grassy plains grazing country

Dry grassy plains grazing country

Deviated from the T.H. late in the day and headed for Homevale. It was already pretty dark when we got near the historic township of Homevale. Looking for a camp site I had on my gps led us down a little unsigned track which is the “Old Dray Track” according to my maps. We never did find the camp on moonlight dam so we opted to keep on along this great little track.
What followed was a half hour ride north along the tiny track through challenging creek crossings and finally a very steep hill climb that had us both struggling to get enough traction and all in the dark.

Stopped half way up the climb. I am tuning weight on my bike to help avoid the front wheel lifting and lowering the wind shield.

Stopped half way up the climb. I am tuning weight on my bike to help avoid the front wheel lifting and lowering the wind shield.

A full on hill climb in the dark, what an experience!
Raman said he was looking at the very steep track right in front of him, working his way up, and happened to glance up into the sky only to see a little red dot of my tail light floating in the black high above him. “Oh shit, I hope it doesn’t get any steeper!”

We finally got to camp at 8:10pm. We could see lights on the plain below. We knew we had climbed a long way.

3 Responses to Adventure Never Sleeps (Fitzroy to Mt Britton)

  1. David Holmgren August 19, 2013 at 7:53 pm #

    Good to see the map updated even if when first displayed it showed me Alaska rather than Australia! But I dont think I have the time or the download capacity to follow you all the way at 5km elevation like I did through most of Victoria and NSW. You guys have certainly covered some country.

    • Oliver Holmgren August 19, 2013 at 10:20 pm #

      Does it!? That’s odd, I specifically pointed it to the lat and long of the last way point just north of Townsville (where we are now). It comes up that way for me when I look now. Maybe it remembers where you were last looking at google maps? Not sure.

  2. David Holmgren August 20, 2013 at 9:38 pm #

    I now get Townsville on the map so all good.

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