Goog's or Goog's? How do you pronounce Goog's? We had wrestled with this for days; is it Goo-g as in goo, g or Goog as in Googie Egg? We only got the answer in the bakery in Ceduna. The boys went in, were asked where they had been and said 'Goog's Track'. Well, they pronounced it wrong; Goog's sister actually worked at the bakery (was not there on the day), and the correct pronounciation is Goog as in Googie Egg. There you go. A quick straw poll held previously had Scotty and Mitch as the voters for the correct answer.
How long? On day five, we did 100kms from campsite to the memorial site, where Goog and son Dinger are buried. It was another couple of kms to Goog Lake, where we camped. Next morning we were out of the park by 11.30, with a short trip on 50 kms.
Who dropped it? Every bike but one and every rider but one had a little lie down or a rest or a complete howdy doody (or a few of each!). In the two days that we were on the Track, Big Scotty was the only man to stay upright all day. Rohman did good until going a little fast into a corner on the second track day.
Snakes? Mitch and Ferg travelling together had one fauna mission, and that was to see a snake...fail. No snakes for them. Scotty and Brock saw the only snake (of the day and the trip, other than the sneaky one in Mitch's ute), when a long skinny snake went across the track in front of them...and turned around and went back.
Countryside. Covering the dunes and the swales was a standard cover of spinifex, stunted mulga, sheoak and bulloak, and various shrubs and succulents. In parts there was change, such as the claypan where we stopped for a bit, and the odd outcrop of rock, but in all the fauna was similar to mallee scrub.
The Track goes through the Yumburra Conservation Park (click here) and the Yellabinna Regional Reserve and Protection Area (click here). The parks were well kept with new signs, and mostly a lot of respect by the travellers. Old Mate Quarantine Man at Ceduna did towel up a 4wd drive club who went through the park trying different driving methods and backing up and down, generally stuffing the south side of many dunes.
The track was Ok. The warnings to us were no trailers and run from south to north...so we ran north to south and took two trailers. We met two cars going north. One was young mate with missus and two kids under 3 in a Nissan Patrol witha a 6 by 4, and then old mate with his missus (both had seen a lot of sun) in a Toyaota Landcruiser. UHF radio allowed us to e in touch with them and not crash on the single-lane track. The blow-outs on the norht faces of the dunes were not as much problem for us as the bumpy and chopped out surface on the downsides, being the south faces for us. Interestingly, as you topped the bigger dunes, they all looked to be the highest ones...until you topped the next one, which then looked the biggest.
Fluid consumption was high. Carl emptied his two litre camelbak (water pack on his back) three times, as well as drinking hydrate and some coke. The temperaure was in the thirties, with a strongish wind blowing into our backs from the north. As the sun went down to the west it beat in hard on that side.