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RUST magazine: RUST Australia Special

RUST magazine: RUST Australia Special We join Touratech on a three-week adventure ride into The Outback! The guys at Touratech HQ had a seriously busy 2016, so what did they do to find some stress relief at the end of the year? Yep, they jumped on their bikes and went for an adventure ride! Again, through our special relationship with the T-Team, our editor JB got invited along. And he was so glad he was, as the Outback ride became his ride of the year. Australia is no hidden gem but sometimes it might just be a little underrated – in the words of the Australians themselves: the country is ‘sensational’. So here’s that trip, in JB’s words and pictures (and those of his companions). And we guarantee after reading this you’ll want an Australian adventure of your own. Oh, and keep an eye on Touratech’s website, come June they’ll have a full-length film of the adventure… We trust you’ll enjoy it! JON BENTMAN (Editor, RUST)

The Grampians

The Grampians disappeared as many ranges do, almost unnoticed. It’s a matter of sudden awareness – the horizon has extended tens if not hundreds of miles – so you stop and look back and there’s the rock formation from another angle, looking like the humpback of a whale as it surfaces on the ocean. The following day we experienced our first real Outback track. The nhil to Murrayville road is a 151km stretch of sand-based track creating a striking yellow scar through the still very green ground cover. That’s 151km with no services, no dwellings, not so much as a standpipe for water in between. This is in fact a relatively short stretch by australian standards, but for europeans that’s still requires some mental adjustment. The next village was two hours away, to the locals just a short drive. We stopped to contemplate – and photograph – the track. again we noticed the rising temperatures; a hydration pack, and back-up bladder with 10-litres more water, was essential. Great Southern Land


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