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Mini-meet Esperance WA 08-12 May 2023 - Cape Arid National Park

So it'll be two years since the last Esperance WA mini-meet and maybe time for another one, and this time the jewel of the South Coast.

This will again be a LoooonG mini-meet because, well Esperance is a long way and most people would probably want to make the most of it. So how we got to these dates:

school holidays end enf of April
we're assuming most people from Perth surrounds and south west would probably take two days to ride down, so that gives them the weekend to ride down and the following weekend to ride back up.
Less tourists and locals in the middle of the week and more options

So what's on the cards:

being a mini-meet, very informal and no entry fee or registration etc.
we will have a few talks at night and see if we can round up some interesting things to discuss. People are welcome to send me topics they would like to see covered if they want
some informal sand-riding training in the dunes (or just some fun if you're proficient) - IMO the best place to learn to ride sand is here, where there's nothing to hit and the scenery is great
guided tours to some of the better spots, such as a ride along the beach to Mount Arid (28km of bliss), Mount Ragged, Paisley track etc.
easier option of camping out at Yokinup Mia Mia or Bellinup, or free camping 12km down Yokinup beach
daytrip to Mount Ridley to see the hollow rocks, wave rock and aboriginal rock art
visit Stonehenge - 1:1 replica and all intact

So there's also lots of options for routes down and up, e.g. via Balladonia road and homesteads, telegraph track, Fitzgerald NP etc. Opportune time to explore out backroads.

So once I've figured out how to do a poll, we can talk about options. But just chucking this out there for people to diarise.This ride would be more of a planner for people, as Cape Arid is about 120km east of Esperance and the nearest fuel is at Condingup, which is 50km from the park. People who confirm their attendance will get the opportunity to drop off food/supplies in Esperance, which will then be transported out to the park for them. Fuel can be pre-ordered under the same arrangement.

Will also have a few small prizes for people who attend.
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