Our accommodation in Lightning Ridge was at Lorne Station, a 10,000 acre cattle property about 5 minutes out of town down a dirt road. We were given the run of the original homestead, which proved to be a comfortable place with plenty of rooms and space for a campfire out the front. Unfortunately this morning I was awoken in the early hours by the sound of heavy rain on the tin roof. It seems that the weather Gods are again not smiling on us.
Plans for the off road trip to Bourke were shelved and we opted to go directly via the bitumen … if we could get to it. In the 3km of wet mud between Lorne Station and Lightning Ridge we had 2 riders slide out in the slick conditions (nothing damaged other than egos thankfully). The disappointment of being put onto bitumen was replaced with understanding of just what a little rain can do to an outback dirt road 🙂
We stopped for a break at Brewarrina for the riders to grab a cup of hot coffee/tea at the local pub to try and warm their wet hands. A couple of the locals came out to look at the lineup of bikes. One young fellow was keen to know “which is the biggest?” and “will they outrun a harley?” while others were too shy for a chat.
We finally managed to escape the rain and have made it in to Bourke for the night before we brave more dirt tomorrow. At this stage the weather forecast is ok and the petrol station at Wanaaring has enough fuel for a half way top up (I know because out here you need to call ahead and check) so Tibooburra – here we come!!! Fingers crossed 🙂