Frankster's great adventure... Day 1 (Friday 1st of March 2019) Well, after a 4 year break, I thought it was time I visited the Salt again for Speed Week 2019. My mate who did the trip with me last time, jumped at the chance to go again, so he came down from Sydney and we prepared for another outback adventure. The weather forecast was brutal (hot), so we left Melbourne nice and early. We had an uneventful drive to Willalooka (South Australia) for a night’s rest at the local Tavern. $50 per room and access to the bar and restaurant sealed the deal. It was quiet when we got there probably due to the 42-43 degree day. We missed the $15 Steak Night by one day, but as a consolation we ponied up for the $12 pizza night. The 2-hour “happy hour” got us in the mood and the night went better than expected. The WillaLooka Tavern has a wood fire oven, so pizzas were decent to say the least. Publican’s Son races dirt bikes so plenty of bike talk to keep us occupied. Day 2 (Saturday 2nd of March 2019) Latish start (7:30) meant we got to ‘The Bend’ motor racing complex about 9ish for breakfast. Great complex and I can’t wait for the Drag Racing to start as I plan to be back soon. The first drag meeting should be epic. The Rydges Hotel (part of the complex) has a great foyer. Here are a few pics to enjoy. We thought about giving the hire karts a squirt, but it was already 38 degrees, so we settled for air-conditioned comfort and started driving towards our next accommodation stop in Peterborough. When we eventually reached Peterborough, we decided to visit the local Motorcycle museum. Owned by Ian and all the bikes on display are from his collection. Some pics for you to enjoy. I will do a more detailed report separately. Dinner at one of the local pubs ended up being a bit of a laugh. We walked in, ordered food ($25 for a 400g Rump steak with all the trimmings) and we were in the process of ordering drinks when the publican asked where we were from and where we were heading. “Lake Gairdner” I replied and then he tells me everyone in the bar is also heading there! Turns out a few teams stop at Peterborough on the way through, so we had plenty to talk about. One competitor races a Hyosung 650 V-twin in MPS650 class. He ran 120mph last year and then the Adelaide Hyosung dealer came up to his bike and told him it was still running as a LAMS bike. They removed the restrictor and he went 10mph faster. He said he felt like a tool, but going faster eased the embarrassment! Day 3 (Sunday 3rd of March 2019) Early start as the road to Lake Gairdner from Iron Knob is dirt and corrugated to buggery. Stopped at Port Augusta on the way through for petrol (nothing to see here). Got to our accommodation (Mt Ive Sheep Station) and unpacked some stuff and headed straight for the Salt. To say “it was hot” would be an understatement. Normally, when it’s 44-45 degrees, one stays indoors and probably stands right in front of the airconditioner. Standing out on the salt was oppressive. And, what my mate said was sunscreen ended being moisturiser! I had lovely smooth, but badly burnt, arms and legs. The bike made it through scrutineering without any issues (phew!). 3 months of work paid off. We stuck around the scrutineering tent and watched several bikes go through including a diesel Royal Enfield and a supercharged Vincent. About 5 o’clock, we proceeded to the driver’s briefing and finally a Rookie induction and track tour to get familiar with the process and surroundings. Having previously been a spectator at the Salt, it’s amazing how much you don’t know is going on. Left the bike on the salt (you’re allowed to) and went back to the sheep station to plan for the next day’s adventure.