Laverton to Warburton

Laverton to Warburton

Total distance travelled 1540kms

The Great Western Desert is a vast and open wonderland, traveling across it on a bike is an amazing experience. It reminds you how vast Australia is, hundreds, no thousands of kilometres of wide-open country. The sun beats down as the day goes on, the ever-increasing temperature adding to the challenge, all of this tests your ability to concentrate and remain focused hour after hour.

You quickly become relaxed on the bike allowing it to drift under you, letting it move with the sand drifts on the road. It’s an art to learn not to fight this sensation but rather you need to embrace it, accelerate gently and enjoy the experience.

Murray did great today, hitting wash outs with ease and drifting through the corners and holding his line mile after mile. The temperature was still very hot but as the days go by we seem to be getting used to it.

Tomorrow we are starting early and make a push to Uluru, where we will spend a couple of days around that amazing rock.

#4 out of 10 Great Reasons for Thirst World Adventure

written by Steve Fraser from Thirst World Adventure
I love to ride. When there’s no strict agenda and you just fire up the bike and ride—there’s nothing better. The thrill of discovering an amazing track or road, following each bend, and wondering what is just around the corner, brings a smile to your face. Your heart beats a little faster when you look into the distance and the road weaves, climbs and winds as far as the eye can see.

The wind in your hair, the sun on your back, to stop whenever you want, or not, to camp next to a river or on a mountaintop and wake up to sunrise are the joys of the road.

Riding a bike is nothing like travelling in a car. On a bike, you experience every subtle change in temperature, every scent— you are part of your environment. I understand a lot of people don’t get it, no air conditioning, limited comfort, dust in your face, but that’s all part of the bike journey. If you don’t ride then it’s hard to logically explain, in fact there is no logic attached– it’s a heart thing.

Emotion trumps logic every time, and this adventure is all about heart. What could be better than the chance to ride for months on end for a cause that is close to my heart? A heart journey for a heart cause.

I know there are easier ways to go around the world. There are incredible hotels with hot showers and comfortable beds, amazing room service menus and climate-controlled rooms. That’s a luxury holiday, not an adventure.

Let the ride begin!

Its Hot, Hot, Hot on the first few days of Thirst World Adventure

written by Steve Fraser from Thirst World Adventure
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Total Distance travelled 995kms

Hot, Hot, Hot

That’s my new theme song, I just wish it was about me and not the weather. Today hit 40c near Laverton, the first couple of the hours were great but after lunch was a bit sticky.

Murray and I hit the road early this morning to try and beat the heat, we stopped a couple of times along the way to check out some of the great old mining buildings and old homestead’s. There is so much history is this area I love seeing what some of the early pioneers went through.

Tomorrow we start the real dirt riding, which I am looking forward to. It’s out in the desert for the next few days and off the grid. I hope it’s not like the famous Midnight Oil’s song The western desert lives and breathes at forty five degrees we are about to find out!

I am not sure if we will have any signal for a so if you don’t hear from me you will understand why.

Signing off – Steve and Murray (the desert rats)

#3 of 10 Great Reasons for Thirst World Adventure

written by Steve Fraser from Thirst World Adventure
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10 Great Reasons for Thirst World Adventure. Number 3: The Photographic trip of a lifetime.

I could never have imagined growing up in a small country town that one day I would be heading off to photograph 5 Continents and more than 30 countries. With my trusty camera (ok Camera’s) in hand, the chance to visit some of the most remote regions on the planet and photograph them every day is my idea of heaven, it’s why I became a photographer and it never grows old.

Moving forward ever day, photographing the ever-changing landscapes. The vast contrasts from the harsh Australian desert to the mountaintops of Switzerland, the incredible majesty of Victoria Falls to the wilderness that is Siberia. Just thinking about these places excites me; it makes my spirit jump and my heartbeat just a little faster.

I have spent years travelling to some of the most remote locations on the planet and now I am off on another adventure to new countries to discover new landscapes and to discover more about myself along the way – what could say you are alive more than waking up in the remote wilderness of the Gobi desert in Kazakhstan.

Often I see people as they get older their lives start to contract, they begin to shrink their world. It doesn’t have to be this way, my passion is my profession and every day I dream about far and away lands, what they would be like to visit and photograph. With only a couple of days until the start of the adventure, the excitement is beginning to build and I feel more alive than I ever did at 20.

What are your dreams and passion? It took me years of hard work to turn my passion into my profession; I simply started with doing one thing every day that would move me slightly closer to my dreams you might want to try it.

What a Start to Thirst World Adventure

written by Steve Fraser from Thirst World Adventure

Perth to Kalgoorlie

Total Distance Travelled 615kms

What an amazing start.

After a great breakfast at Overlander Adventure (thank Corene and Keeah) it was time to start the ride. For the first 100kms I had an escort of more than 50 riders who showed up to support me (or just make sure I left town). We headed out to Toodyay and after a brief stop it was time to leave the group and make my way to Kalgoorlie.

I hade 4 mates, Murray (who I will introduce properly later) Garrick, Graham and Neil all ride with me today. The ride to Kalgoorlie is not the most exciting but after all the planning and preparation it was pretty exciting to finally be on the road.

Given the time of year in Australia today was hot today, around 37degrees (100F) so not the most comfortable with all the riding gear, but as along as you keep moving it is manageable. I am sure over the year I going to learn to cope with the best and worst of the weather.

We stoped a couple of times to grab a bite to eat and get the obligatory photograph, 8 hours later we arrived in Kalgoorlie and made our way to my good friend Ron and Sharon who we staying with for the night. After a brief interview and photo session with the local newspaper, it was time for a very welcome swim – Ah the world just seems to disappear when you are in a pool.

Murray and I continue on tomorrow whilst the other boys take the dirt track back to Perth, I think it’s about my bedtime.

#2 of the 10 Great Reasons for Thirst World Adventure

Steve Fraser and his gear

written by Steve Fraser from Thirst World Adventure
One of the things about being on the road is that you have to simplify life, which in this day and age isn’t that easy. However it is very refreshing.

Start by stripping back your world, one bowl to eat out of, which doubles as a pot to cook in, one cup, one knife and fork. Next its your clothes, one pair of shorts, one pair of hiking pants, 3 or 4 pair on undies, 3 tee shirts, a set of thermals, one jumper. All of a sudden my large walk in robe at home looks extremely excessive.

The list goes on, pack a limited amount of tools to fix the bike, some essential spare parts and a just 2 cameras and 2 lens (this is the hard one for me), For this adventure I have gone with the extremely versatile Nikon D5 and its junior cousin as a back up the D500. They are both really versatile and will capture great images, can work in low light and the D5 particularly is extremely robust and will take a pounding.

Add in enough dried food packs for 7 days, 5 litres of water (per day) throw in a bunch of protein bars just for good measure and there is not much more in life you need. The last and maybe the most important thing (in my opinion) is a good tent, a very comfy sleeping mat and warm sleeping bag. I can cope with most things in life if I get a good nights sleep, so I always go for the top of the range in comfort, which weights slightly more but is worth every extra gram at 2am when you are in a storm in Siberia.

I don’t need much more than this to get me across the world, which makes life pretty simple and very pure.

#1 of the 10 Great Reasons for Thirst World Adventure

littel girl in Africa
written by Steve Fraser from Thirst World Adventure

Water is the world’s most precious commodity, without it we can only live a few days. The issue is not there is not enough water in the world, but rather that the distribution of it is not even.

Some countries have more than enough water, where trillions of litres flow in to the sea on a regular basis, these countries never understand the impact of water restrictions and understandably rarely even give it much though. Others nations experience little rainfall and are in constant drought, this is where water is a daily concern.

In most western countries we use wealth and technology to overcome our lack of water. My home country of Australia is the perfect example, we constantly live with a water shortage, farmers have to use underground water sources to keep livestock alive during summer, we have built large and expensive desalination plants to turn salty water into perfect drinking water for our cities.

The first part of my journey tomorrow is from my hometown in Perth to the large mining town of Kalgoorlie. Kalgoorlie would not exist if a 550km long pipeline hadn’t been built in 1903 to overcome a severe water shortage. The luxury of living in Australia is that we have the technology and the wealth to overcome a constant lack of water.

Unfortunately for large parts of the developing world this is not the case – here are the latest stats, which might shock you.

650 Million people don’t have access to clean fresh water.
2 billion people don’t have access to proper sanitation
3000 children die in Africa everyday from a lack of water of water related diseases
That is one child every 90 seconds
Last year Water for Africa brought clean fresh water to over 300,000 people and growing.

Every time I take a drink on this adventure I am going to think about those children, children who deserve a better chance in life.

Motorsport has the X Factor

AUSTRALIA’S BEST RIDERS LIVE

courtesy of Nicky Foulkes
Vibrant Copy and Comms

xtrial_eventpic-49A worldclass motorsports event is set to bring
HBF Stadium to life in February 2017.
X Trial Australian Championship is a
spectacular show or the whole family to enjoy
with incredible feats of gravity defying trial riding and extreme displays of
superhuman capabilities that will have the
audience on the edges of their seats.
Hear the gasps and feel the tension as all eyes
focus on the skilled and talented riders.
This is the show’s third year in Perth and the
first time it’s being held at HBF Stadium ­ready to accept a larger crowd than ever
before in an undercover stadium
that lends itself perfectly to this super­charged event.

 

Family event 
Neil Price, WA State Champion and organiser of the event said the X Trial Australian
Championship is a fantastic family event that allows people of all ages to experience trials
bike riding.

 

“Trials bike riding is an extreme sport that is growing in popularity year by year,” said Neil.

“An event like this is an opportunity to bring the sport to an even broader audience. The
Championship is about more than just the sport it’s a terrific, inexpensive and entertaining
day out for the whole family with something for everyone.” While the bikes and the
competition are the main focus, there will also be a ‘Pit Party’ where you can meet the
riders and enjoy interactive entertainment for the whole family.

 

“As a family man myself, I wanted to make this event about more than just the bikes,”
added Neil.

 

“We’ve considered the cost and because I know how expensive family days out can be,
we’ve kept the price low and the value high. Plus, we have an option to raise funds from
the sale of tickets for clubs and community groups, so if you’re fundraising for a club or a
loved one, you can help by attending this great event.”

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Tickets are now on sale.  
More information about the event and ticket sales can be found on X Trial’s website,
www.ausxtrial.com.au or see www.facebook.com/xtrialchamps for event updates.

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Ian Moss Rocks it at the VIP after party!

It doesn’t get any better than this!

As if the day wasn’t sensational enough where we attended the Grand Opening of Victory & Indian Motorcycles in Perth, now the largest store in the southern hemisphere, we were then invited to attend the VIP after party.

To read all about the Grand Opening day you can click here
, now it’s time to share the
VIP after party where the night was topped off with a private concert by the one and only talented legendary Mr Ian Moss.

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After spending all day at the opening it was now 5:30pm and we’ve just arrived at the Invite only VIP after party to celebrate the Grand Opening of Victory & Indian Motorcycles here in Perth.

We were so excited at being invited I can tell you. We decided not to dress in our usual corporate colours tonight and chose matching black & yellow instead and even made it into their opening little video of the night.

We were greeted at the door in the typical VIP way of being able to walk the red carpet and boy didn’t we feel important. We checked our names off at the door and were given name badges, except we were given a VIP badge and a Media badge – rather than our actual name badges. I was a little disappointed at first however sometimes the universe gives you things in your favour and tonight turned out to be one of those nights!

I gave Steve the Media badge and quickly snapped up the VIP badge only to swap it later with him for the Media badge!! Yes,we were being media for the night and out to report on the event and get some happy snaps – as we always do when we’re at events.

There were snacks in true American style of mini hotdogs and hamburgers to celebrate and washed down with a wine, Corona cold one or soft drinks.

 

After mingling with people and taking some snappy shots it was time to take a load off the feet and find a spot to sit and watch the show that was about to unfold. None other than the legendary Mr Ian Moss and he certainly didn’t disappoint us. Singing some good ole favourites too like Tuckers Daughter and Georgia.

 

As I walked across the floor to take my seat I was stopped by the Country Manager
Mr Peter Harvey wanting to know who I was and what Media I was from – he informed me he wanted to thank the media for coming. So we swapped business cards and he kindly gave The Bikes Guide Australia a thank you for being there – how nice was that! We don’t mind the publicity now do we!!!  I guess it really does pay to put yourself in a position of becoming known. We love to support all the businesses in this industry and get them known to the riders and enthusiasts  – that’s what The Bikers Guide Australia is all about -so it really was a no brainer for us!

 

In true celebrity style we just had to get our passes signed and have a picture taken for our own memories with Ian Moss.

So as the night came to a close it certainly looked like everybody had a great time and was excited to be a part of the celebrations of the Grand Opening of Victory & Indian Motorcycles here in Perth. As I speak already to friends who have an interest in Indians, they too are excited to hear that they’re here in Perth and we believe they’re here to stay and will only get bigger.

 

A HUGE CONGRATULATIONS Victory & Indian Motorcycles on your opening and for putting together a day and a night of SPECTACULAR fun and entertainment for everyone.

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