Oodnadatta Track conditions

Submitted: Sunday, May 17, 2009 at 12:30
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Can anyone please tell me the conditions of the oodnadatta track and the average spped travelled. Thanks
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Reply By: Member - Campergirl (NSW) - Sunday, May 17, 2009 at 12:51

Sunday, May 17, 2009 at 12:51
Have a look at

http://www.transport.sa.gov.au/quicklinks/northern_roads/area2.asp

Not sure of avg sp.

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Reply By: Peter_n_Margaret - Sunday, May 17, 2009 at 13:23

Sunday, May 17, 2009 at 13:23
"the average spped travelled".....?
Are you on a push bike or driving an OKA for a tour company Shane? :-)

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Follow Up By: Member - AJB (VIC) - Sunday, May 17, 2009 at 21:57

Sunday, May 17, 2009 at 21:57
At a guess I'd say he is in a GU patrol with a 4.2 litre engine!
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Reply By: MEMBER - Darian (SA) - Sunday, May 17, 2009 at 14:13

Sunday, May 17, 2009 at 14:13
Was talking on HF to a VKS737 member up that way on Friday night - reported that the lower half of the track was extremely good. No reason to suggest the top half isn't either I guess. Speed ? - entirely up to you I suppose - last time I was up there, people were doing 90 - 100kph - we met some rally type motorcyclists at the WC pub who had been doing 140k in places up from Marree - I go bush to enjoy it, so I was cruising at about 80k and having a look at the countryside :-o).
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Reply By: Member - Pesty (SA) - Sunday, May 17, 2009 at 14:23

Sunday, May 17, 2009 at 14:23
Was good a few weeks ago, but different people have different ways of measuring good.
Didnt do from oodnadatta to Marla.
A sensible 60 - 80 k's an hr will let you see things as you go, which is usually the reason for being there.

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Reply By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Sunday, May 17, 2009 at 18:38

Sunday, May 17, 2009 at 18:38
Its been good whenever I travel it. But the gravel is larger than most gravel roads and the rocks are sharp, so if you travel fast, you'll find yourself getting the occasional puncture through the tread.

Local Advice is to keep your speed below 80 and reduce pressures to about 25-28psi.

Have a look here:
http://www.pinkroadhouse.com.au/
http://www.pinkroadhouse.com.au/Pink/graphics/docimages/tyre-pressure-pdf.pdf
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Reply By: Member - Bucky, the "Mexican"- Monday, May 18, 2009 at 05:42

Monday, May 18, 2009 at 05:42
Pesty & Phil

Your comments about speed are spot on.
I see no reason to travel at over 80 km/hr, on any gravel road.
Things can go wrong quick enuf, without adding speed to it.

At under 80 km/hr, you have time to get things right, and you have time to look around, and enjoy the sceenary.

Reminds me of the story of the DH, that called upon his UHF for the other vehicles to " get out of my way, I'm coming thru ".
From what I recall from being told, that he was on the Tanami, and went screaming thru with his new Cruiser, and a flash new camper in tow...Guestimated speed, 120 km/hs + ,,,
An hour or so down the track, there he was all scattered everywhere, and everything written off. As I said a DH.

Safety first, is the go.

Cheers
Bucky


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Follow Up By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Monday, May 18, 2009 at 21:51

Monday, May 18, 2009 at 21:51
Bucky,
Oodnadatta track claims a lot of rollovers - driving too fast on marbles. This photo shows Adam Plate's trailer carrying another one back:
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Follow Up By: Wizard1 - Tuesday, May 19, 2009 at 17:07

Tuesday, May 19, 2009 at 17:07
Well that vehicle would have usually have been fitted with SA State Government Drive as Fast as You Can Mode.

He must have had that one turned off. Guess they were in too much of a hurry..Oh well the tax payers will pick up the tab no doubt.
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Reply By: Wizard1 - Monday, May 18, 2009 at 11:31

Monday, May 18, 2009 at 11:31
Dirt and gravel with corregations, sandy bits, rocks and drive to the conditions.
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