So I got home yesterday, seven weeks and 12,284 kms after I set off. Besides the high speed off, a faulty main electrical connector and a dead battery it all went pretty smoothly. I ended up changing my route home. Originally it was going to be Melbourne - Parkes - Lightning Ridge - St George - Emerald - Clermont etc.
On Wednesday I got to Temora and it was bloody hot, so hot that you couldn’t touch the fuel tank with bare hands and I had to douse my head under a tap for a while to be able to function. By the time I got to Gilgandra the bike was missing/running poorly. I pushed on to Coonamble where I drenched my clothing and helmet with water in an attempt to cool myself down. I also topped the fuel up with fresh and hopefully cooler fuel from the bowser and dashed buckets of water at the tank to cool it off. After this treatment the bike ran happily until about 15 mins down the road when it started missing again.
I turned back to Coonamble and sat in the aircon of the roadhouse while I worked out what to do. I figured the fuel was vaporising in the carby or the hose leading to it and that this was going to continue for as long as I was riding in hot conditions. I looked at the BOM site and realised I would have to abandon my planned route home as it would mean several days of riding in similar or worse conditions. I headed east via Pilliga and WeeWaa to Narrabri. As I rode towards Pilliga there were two thunderstorms in the distance which I ended up riding between. Even though they were miles away on either side they cooled the air temps right down and after half an hour on the road the bike was running sweetly again.
I stayed the night in Narrabri, followed by Nanango and lastly Mackay. My last two days were the biggest, 850 and 682 kms respectively which are bloody big days on a single cylinder thumper. Glad to be back home, but glad I made the trip too.