As you may remember, I’ve got this foolhardy romantic notion of doing crazy motorcycle adventures.
Well, to do this, I need practice (and fitness – it’s very tiring riding motorbikes off-road) and also to get my bike setup. So what better way to find out how unfit both myself and my bike are for this than to go on a marathon day ride out into the big empty yonder.
I’d spent a little while planning this out, pouring over Google Earth trying to piece together dirt roads and tracks to get to this place. I’d made a track and exported to my phone’s GPS app (OsmAnd+ on Android). The bike was ready, I was ready.
It 6am, Sunday morning, my alarm went and it was time to go.
Firing up the mighty DR650, Boyagin Rock and Brookton here we come. Read More
One of the main reasons we went off to York (apart from to see the place) was to see the rolling fields of canola (rapeseed) in bloom.
To the east of Perth, there’s a big forest which is the main water catchment area for all the drinking water for the sprawling metropolis – its pretty big, extending 300km north to south (actually, it goes all the way to the south coast, some 700km down) and about 60 or so km east/west. After that, its the wheatbelt – a vast rolling landscape of farms and small towns, the further east, the more wheat. Then desert. Anyway, this landscape is very lovely, especially at this time of year when the spring flowers are out and the landscape is still lush and green before the summer turns it all into dusty browns.
There weren’t any good bright yellow canola fields on the way to York, but on the way back near Brookton, it was lovely.
Took a 3 shot panorama of this field – wasn’t quite the shot I was looking for, but its pretty cool anyway.
tree in yellow canola field
tree in canola field
As we drove back, we saw lots of opportunities to take more pictures, but it was late and we were tired. Next year then