Countdown to the start ...

2013-08-07 07:00:00 GMT+10:00:00

2013 Postie Bike Challenge
Hobart to Alice Springs - the long way!!
7 - 16 August 2013

Countdown to the finish ...

2013-08-16 16:00:00 GMT+9:30:00

Read a report I wrote about the 2013 Challenge here:
Kathy's 2013 Postie Bike Challenge

Or download a PDF copy (2.4Mb) here:
Kathy's 2013 Postie Bike Challenge

You can also view the photobook I created:
2013 Postie Bike Challenge Photobook

 


Visit the Official
Postie Bike Challenge
 Website

 

 

 

 

Some of the photos I took ...

 

 

You can access an interactive map of the whole trip here:

2013 Postie Bike Challenge Route

 

or the individual days here:

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5

Day 6

Day 7

Day 8

Day 9

Day 10

 

Here's a link to the 2013 Postie Bike Challenge
as recorded by my SPOT Messenger

 

A table showing the start point for each day and the daily and distances I rode.

Day Start Point ~Daily
Km
~Daily
Mi
~Total
Km
~Total
Mi
1 Hobart 360 224 360 224
2 Cradle Mountain 372 231 732 455
3 Melbourne 298 185 1030 640
4 Horsham 396 246 1426 886
5 Loxton 362 225 1788 1111
6 Orroroo 264 164 2052 1275
7 Parachilna 391 243 2443 1518
8 William Creek 202 126 2645 1644
9 Oodnadatta 213 132 2858 1776
10 Marla 455 283 3313 2059

Click on the map below to see the proposed route for this year.

 

 

Outback South Australia road conditions
(updated several times a day)

 

Map showing relative sizes of Australia,
the United States of America
and the United Kingdom.

 

About me ...

My name is Kathy Leslie and I live in Canberra, ACT, Australia.

I've been a keen motorcyclist for more than 35 years and I currently own  a 1980 Honda CX500, a 2006 Honda NT700V, a 2007 BMW F650GS and a 2012 Honda CTX200.

Having completed the
2009 Postie Bike Challenge
and
2012 Postie Bike Challenge

I've decided to have one last go!
 

 

About this year's challenge ...

The organisers have decided that, having done previous routes through Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia and the Northern Territory, it is time the Postie Bike Challenge visited Tasmania.

The shortest route from Hobart to Alice Springs is about 2,500kms.  There is no point in taking the shortest route when you can take a much more adventurous - almost 3,300km (including up to 1,000km of unsealed roads) - route at a top speed of 70 kph!

"We have listened to your suggestions and in 2013 we will include Tasmania as the launching pad for another Postie Bike Challenge adventure.  We currently have our team scouring over the best routes, roads, and fire trails through Tasmania.  Our route through Victoria is still being planned but I can say that we are making a bee-line for the edge of the Flinders Ranges in South Australia before taking the Oodnadatta track to our final destination in Alice Springs, Northern Territory.  As in previous events we will be looking for all manner of roads and surfaces to challenge you.  If we can find a good sand track - we'll take it!  If we can find a water crossing - we'll take it!  If there is a fire trail to the top of a mountain - we'll take it!"

This year 41 men and 11 women from Australia, New Zealand and the UK, and ranging in age from 19 to 72 years of age, have signed up to take the Challenge!  This intrepid group of travellers comes from all walks of life including a company director, student, truck driver, lawyer, miner, business analyst, teacher, finance broker, farmer and retiree.

 

A table to show average minimum and maximum temperatures
during the month of August along the way.

 

August
Day Region Mean Min Mean Max
Avg oC Avg oF Avg oC Avg oF
1 Hobart 4.5 40.1 12.2 54.0
2 Cradle Mountain -0.5 31.1 4.9 40.8
3 Devonport 4.7 40.5 13.0 55.4
4 Horsham 4.3 39.7 15.0 59.0
5 Loxton 4.8 40.6 17.3 63.1
6 Orroroo 2.6 36.7 14.4 57.9
7 Parachilna 6.1 43.0 19.1 66.4
8 William Creek 7.4 45.3 20.7 69.3
9 Oodnadatta 7.4 45.3 22.1 71.8
10 Marla 6.2 43.2 22.2 72.0
11 Alice Springs 6.0 42.8 22.9 73.2

 

 

A table showing actual destinations
and daily/total distances.
(Click on the number in the 'Day' column to view a map of the proposed route for that day)

 

Day From To ~Daily
Km
~Daily
Mi
~Total
Km
~Total
Mi
1 Hobart Cradle Mountain 340 211 340 211
2 Cradle Mountain Devonport 372 231 712 442
3 Melbourne Horsham 298 185 1010 628
4 Horsham Loxton 345 214 1355 842
5 Loxton Orroroo 361 224 1716 1066
6 Orroroo Parachilna 255 158 1971 1225
7 Parachilna William Creek 391 243 2362 1468
8 William Creek Oodnadatta 202 126 2564 1593
9 Oodnadatta Marla 213 132 2777 1726
10 Marla Alice Springs 455 283 3232 2008

 

 

My Preparation Checklist ...

1 Register for event and pay deposit
2 Put in leave application
3 Create website page for 2013 Challenge
4 Book flights to Hobart and from Alice Springs
5 Purchase travel insurance
6 Work out possible route using clues from PBC website and registration pack
7 Buy sheepskin seat cover and soft handgrips
8 Work out average min/max temperatures along the possible route
9 Create link on SPOTWalla to track the 2013 Postie Bike Challenge
10 Get fittings to mount SPOT and GPS on Postie Bike
11 Make cover for milk crate
12 Book accommodation and hire car for time in Hobart
13 Book accommodation in Alice Springs
14 Make final payment and send in travel insurance details
15 Purchase 'AAA' lithium batteries for SPOT and GPS
16 Verify SPOT Messenger is working
17 Get in lots and lots and lots of practice riding on all sorts of unsealed surfaces
18 Buy a decent dustproof, waterproof, and shockproof camera
19 Work out what stuff I need to take (and/or can't live without)
20 Work out how much stuff I can fit in an 90 litre duffle bag and keep the weight to 15kg or less
21 Work out what else will fit in the milk crate (apart from a 5 litre fuel container, lunch box, drink bottles, First Aid Kit and Hema Motorcycle Atlas)
22 Find out about TPP/Comprehensive insurance for the Postie Bike (optional - not required by organisers)
23 Buy some snacks and lollies for additional sustenance along the way
24 Fly to Hobart

 

 

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