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« on: November 01, 2010, 07:40:39 PM »
Seeing as though we lost the original in the great website crash of 2010, here's a copy of the trip report i did on another fourm.
The Motley Crew 4wd club had the Simpson Desert as it's big trip away this year, i was taking my family along for the ride aswell as another mate taking his family, and then another 4 vehicles comprising of just husbands and wives and one final vehicle comprising of 2 mates who were lucky enough to leave their partners behind for 3 weeks :wink: :lol: :lol: :lol: so all up it was 7 vehicles making our 3 week trip away from Brizvegas out West then back home again.
Day 1 :-
7.30 a.m was the meet up time at The Calamvale Hotel carpark for everyone, we arrived on time but didn't have quite the same action packed trip there as one of our other crew did. rule #1 make sure your roof pod is securely locked shut :wink: Rick and Bronny found this out the hard way and lost their sleeping tent aswell as their shower / toilet tent off of the roof whilst travelling at 100 kph down the freeway on the way to the carpark meet up :oops: the tent was found but some poles were missing, and after much frantic searching along the side of the freeway they had to give up looking. After everyone had met at the pub it was time to head off to Toowoomba where Rick and Bronny had a date with a camping store to buy a new tent. Tuning the car radio to Toowoomba's local station as we entered town i heard them say it was a chilly 5 degrees in town, which on exiting my vehicle at the camping store carpark i agreed with fully, abit nippy for a born and bred Brisbane boy...lol...oh well it was just a taste of the cold temps to be expected out west along the way. Leaving Toowoomba we headed off to Oakey for our morning tea point which was the Aviation Museum at the Oakey Army Base. Whilst it doesn't look all that big from the outside, it was quite surprising how many planes and helicopters they had on display in there, well worth a look. From here it was on to Moonie via Dalby for a quick lunch stop, before making our way to St. George for our 1st nights stop over. Our camp site would be down on the banks of the river, a great free camp spot about 300 - 400 mtrs downstream from the weir wall. Be sure to get atleast this far away from the weir wall, as the clanging of vehicles crossing over it gets quite loud at night, even when your as far down stream as we were. I pity the guy camped just below it in his caravan, it would have been a noisey nights sleep for him for sure.

YOU LOST WHAT?.....lol



ONE OF MANY PLANES ON DISPLAY AT OAKEY




Day 2:-
We were up early and greeted with a spectacular sunrise over the weir wall
 


We packed up camp and headed into town to wait for those who forgot to fuel up the arvo previous.
It was here we saw something we don't get to see back home, a roo shooter returning from his night out hunting.

SPEAK TO ME SKIP!!



From St George we headed off towards Thargomindah where our next nights stop over would be, along the way stopping at Cunnamulla for lunch. A lovely female police officer just out of town made half our crew stop and do random breath tests and license checks. This would be twice in 2 days for Glen having to do a RBT as he was also checked the previous night in St. George...lol.. i seriously can't remember when i last had to do a RBT back home in Brisbane it had been so long.

MY KIDS WITH THE CUNNAMULLA FELLA



SAW HEAPS OF THESE IN 3 WEEKS OUT WEST



JUST EAST OF THARGOMINDAH (i'm sure plenty of you have seen it without water, how many have seen it with water?)

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Just a heads up...Jeff has changed his signature due to being foolish enough to leave his account logged on when he borrowed my phone.
I preferred his signature i'd written there myself before he changed it...lol
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« Reply #1 on: November 01, 2010, 07:41:34 PM »
Day 3:-
Today we were headed for Cameron Corner where the states of Queensland, New South Wales and South Australia all meet up. Our first stop for the day was at the Noccundra Hotel, a fantastic looking stone building which i had visited atleast 10 years ago previously, but could never remember where it was, i could always pictre the building, but never remembered where it was that i visited it :oops:

AHH THAT'S THE PUB!!!



Todays lunch stop was a creek in the middle of nowhere we found that still had some water in it, it truely was great seeing how green everything was out West aswell as all the water still that was about.

LUNCH STOP BETWEEN NOCCUNDRA AND CAMERON CNR SOMEWHERE
 


Between Noccundra and Cameron Corner we encounted several detours around water that was blocking the road, the first wasn't really signed at all, but the next couple were, the signs definately helped take the guess work out...lol

DO WE GO THROUGH THAT OR LOOK FOR ANOTHER TRACK? (we found a detour which wasn't signed)

 

THE FAMILY AT CAMERON CORNER



ABOUT ALL THERE IS AT CAMERON CORNER :wink: (diesel fuel $2.00 / ltr here)
 


Day 4:-
Today we were headed for Lyndhurst, though if i had my time again i'd have made it a stop over at Farina instead, oh well you live and learn.

ALL ROADS OPEN



It wasn't long and the kids were able to stretch their legs at our first stop for the day

ALL ABOARD!!



BEWARE THOSE WOMEN DRIVERS!!



As i said earlier, it was great seeing all the water about, everywhere we drove there was still some to be seen

JUST UP THE ROAD FROM THE BUS



We made good time this morning and had an early lunch at the Monte Collina Bore due to a short cut the publican at Cameron Cnr told us about. The instructions we were given was to look out for the red mudguard hanging off a tree, this ended up belonging to a motorbike and could easily have been missed, i think it cut something like 40 odd klms off of our trip to Monte Collina. The short cut track was like all roads we had travelled so far, in very good condition and made for easy going

MONTE COLLINA BORE



MORE EMUS ALONG THE WAY



NOT ALOT OUT HERE



ROADSIDE TRIBUTE TO TRUCKERS WHO DIED WORKING THE COOPER BASIN



Tonight was our turn to cook dinner for everyone :cry: we had made a plan where by every couple only had to cook dinner twice on the entire trip, the only thing was you had to do it for everyone. The unfortunate thing for us was that this was probably the best sunset we saw on the entire trip, and we couldn't go to a better location to photograph it as we were busy cooking dinner for everyone, oh well atleast it meant we only had one more dinner to cook.

SUNSET FROM LYNDHURST HOTEL CAMPSITE

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« Reply #2 on: November 01, 2010, 07:42:30 PM »
Day 5:-
Today we were headed for Halligan Bay on the shoreline of Lake Eyre, the big question we were all wondering was..... just how much if any water would we be able to see? Leaving Lyndhurst and only a few minutes out of town we spot some horses roaming free off to the side of the road. Add these to list of other animals spotted so far (ie:- lots of emus and wild goats aswell as the very occassional roo) and the kids were loving it.

HORSES OUTSIDE OF LYNDHURST



Not much further up the road and we stopped at The Lyndhurst Ochre Quarry, a site of significance to the local aboriginal people of the area. The colours in the ground were spectacular, and it wasn't hard to realise why the aboriginal people had chosen to use this site to collect ochre from.

LYNDHURST OCHRE QUARRY



Back on the road and we were headed for the Farina ruins, like i said previous, had we of known what was here before our trip, we would have made this our overnight stop rather then Lyndhurst. Farina isn't just a single building standing in the middle of nowhere going to ruins, it's a whole township complete with cemetery aswell. Farina has a campsite to stay at which has flushing toilets aswell as a shower that has hotwater available through the use of a "Donkey". Tours are available to be done here and there is even old shearers quarters you can stay at, we will definately be back here one day for a couple of nights stop over.

FARINA





TAKE NOTE OF WHEN IT OPERATED UNTIL.... 1989 !!!









By now we were quite a few hours behind our planned schedule, as we only allowed for a short stop at Farina, instead we were there for a few hours...lol. Back on the road and next stop was a quick one at Marree where we grabbed some supplies from the shop and made our way towards Lake Eyre South lookout for our days intended lunch stop.

OLD GHAN LINE JUST OUT OF MARREE



PLANE HENGE ON WAY TO LAKE EYRE



About 10 - 15 klms South of the lookout we had our first sight of water and it was everywhere, little were we to know this was a much better veiwpoint to stop and have lunch at then our destination abit further up the road. We continued on and had lunch at the lookout, whilst we could still see the water from here, the previous location earlier was a much much better view, water to be seen everywhere and fairly close by vrs water to be seen to the right of us and abit of a distance away.

LAKE EYRE SOUTH LOOKOUT



After lunch we were back on the road and headed for our nights campspot at Halligan Bay, tonight was game 2 of State of Origin and our original plan was to watch the game via a satellite dish that was bought along and viewed on a laptop, only problem was someone forgot to bring a vital lead required to do the viewing :evil: Along the way we stopped at Curdimurka Railway siding for a look around, it's in great condition and well worth the stop for a look and see.

CURDIMURKA RAILWAY SIDING



We arrived at Halligan Bay just before 5.00 P.M and it was blowing a gale, we also weren't real impressed with the campsites, not alot of flat ground to erect tents on for any large groups. Whilst there was alot of effort put in by Nat. Parks with day use shelters and toilets etc, they really need to flatten the ground out here for peoples camping with tents, camper trailers and the like would be fine though as you can level them up.

HALLIGAN BAY / LAKE EYRE (so much water here it was like being at the beach)
 


It was at this time Rick noticed his vehicle had developed a leak in his brand new longrange fuel tank, the road into Halligan Bay was badly corrogated for the last 10 - 15 klms and we believe this did the damage. A quick look under the vehicle and we realised the fuel tank would need to be removed for us to gain access to where the leak was coming from. Not wanting to remove the tank at such a late stage in the evening, a quick vote was taken and we decided we weren't all that happy with the wind and uneven campsites so we made a late dash back to William Creek to camp for the night, atleast here fuel was available in the morning and we'd get to watch Origin 8) . Camp was made, dinner was had and i made it across the road in time to have only missed the first 45 seconds of the game, it was glorious being in the company of a few NSW supporters as Qld went on to smash the roaches into a 5th straight series win 8) 8) 8) 8) . Whilst we were having dinner earlier, it was decided Coober Pedy would be the best place to fix the leaking fuel tank, Ricks tank was drained of all but about 20ltrs of fuel and stored in jerry cans so he could top his vehicle up along the way as need be.

Day 6:-
A bit of a lazy start to the day today which made a pleasent change, Rick and Bronny were headed off to Coober Pedy to get their fuel tank fixed, whilst Wombat and Neil accompanied them to make sure they got there safely, the rest of us waited around at William Creek till after lunch as 2 couples were having a scenic flight over Lake Eyre in an aeroplane. Lunchtime came and we had a meal at the pub, it tasted great and i'd reccomend them anytime to anyone.

NO IT'S NOT MY CRUISER (camped at William Creek also)



A walk over to the place where the flight was leaving from found our 2 couples were still waiting for their flight, their plane had developed problems and a new plane was being brought in to now do the flight :roll: :evil: They told us to head off to Coober Pedy and would join us later, which we didn't see a problem with as they weren't alone and would be travelling together. The trip to Coober Pedy wasn't as uneventful as we'd have hoped for, just past the turn off to Anna Station our youngest threw up all over herself in the back seat....i thought she'd drunk to much apple juice back at William Creek :roll: Oh well it wasn't to bad and a quick roadside change of clothes had us on our way again. Before long we were in Coober Pedy and catching up with Rick and the rest of the crew who'd left us earlier in the day to see how the repair was going. Good and bad news here.... they'd found someone to fix the tank, but they couldn't do it until tomorrow, other places were booked up for a couple of days, so there was no choice but to wait and get it done Friday. Luckily we had planned half of tomorrow to look around Coober Pedy anyway. We made our way to our campground for the night, it was to be underground camping at Riba's. We checked in and took our matresses and sleeping bags underground, we didn't bother with the tent as we didn't need it and i couldn't be bothered setting it up.

OUR UNDERGROUND CAMPSITE



By now the other 2 missing couples had joined us and we decided to go explore Coober Pedy a little. Hitting the bitumin of Coober Pedy and turning right i thought i heard a funny noise coming from the vehicle, but continuing on straight down the road i heard nothing. Driving further around town i turned right and heard the noise again, what can it be? Continuing on through the centre of town i went around the roundabout and heard the noise again and saw a guy on the footpath look at my vehicle as if to say..WTF was that noise coming from your vehicle?. I radioed the others and said i have a problem, i think it's a stone in the brakes or maybe a wheel bearing, i was hoping it wasn't the later. Pulling into the carpark of the Campus in the main street we started to investigate, we jacked the vehicle up and removed the wheel. We found a tiny rock in the brakes but i was sure it wasn't big enough to make the noise i'd heard, another turn of the hub and sure enough the wheel bearing looked like it was the problem. By now we had removed the axle and i was on the phone to a mechanics shop... ME........"mate i need a rear wheel bearing kit for a 105 series cruiser, have you got any?"... HIM......"i'll just look.....yep i've got 6"... ME....."what time do you close?"..it was 5.05 P.M by now... HIM....."minus 5 minutes ago"... ME...."can i come down and grab one from you now?"... HIM...."yeh if your quick, and you may aswell bring the hub (or what ever he called it) aswell".... sweet, i was down there as quick as could be. The mechanic knocked everything out, cleaned it all up and pressed the new bits in before packing the bearings with grease, all we had to do was refit it back in the campus carpark 8) 8) This is where i'll give a big thumbs up to the Coober Pedy mechanics.. my vehicle was fixed by buying 2 wheel bearing kits (one spare just incase the other side went) and the half hour or so the guy stayed back, for under $150 8) 8) Ricks car would be ready the next day from a different mechanic for under $200 , both jobs we expected to cost alot more then they did to fix due to the remoteness of where we were, and the mechanics went out of their ways to help us. By the time we had my fourby fixed it was nearly 7.00 P.M, we were seeing the less desirable side of Coober Pedy with drunken locals fighting just up the street from us, and unfortunately we'd see abit worse later in the night with a late night dash to the hospital.

WAS DARK BY THE TIME WE FIXED IT



Getting back to camp at Riba's dinner was just about ready, the couple who were doing dinner tonight left us earlier to make sure we'd all get fed. It's times like this the dinner cooking idea worked better then we'd hoped for. Dinner was had and time for a hot shower and a couple of drinks before bed. Our youngest by now was quite sick with a flu so we thought, and we were expecting a broken nights sleep, what we didn't expect was for her to be coughing so much she threw up in bed.... luckily we managed to contain most in our hands and her pj's. Half asleep i didn't notice the lady who had walked over to our sleeping area, she had a stethescope (sp?) and said she was a doctor. Earlier in the evening she'd noticed our daughter was sick whilst in the communal kitchen area, and she now checked her over before suggesting we take her straight to hospital. In the weeks leading up to our trip away our daughter had been sick, now she was at her worst and the lady who claimed to be a doctor thought she may have phenomia. Leaving our other daughter with friends we took the drive into town to the hospital, our youngest given a check over and some medicine to reduce the 40 degree fever she had, and we were told to come back in the morning. Whilst waiting for the Panadol to do it's thing in the hospital ward, a women was bought in by ambulance and put in the bed next to us, she had been bashed by her partner over cigarettes :roll: This was not the side of Coober Pedy i was hoping to experience on my holiday. The time was now about 1.00 A.M and we were headed back to camp and hopefully time to get some sleep.
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Just a heads up...Jeff has changed his signature due to being foolish enough to leave his account logged on when he borrowed my phone.
I preferred his signature i'd written there myself before he changed it...lol
Nice try Grasshopper!!!!!

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« Reply #3 on: November 01, 2010, 07:43:18 PM »
Day 7:- morning dawned and we had gotten some sleep, the panadol seemed to do it's thing and i had to ring the hospital to make an appointment. 10.30 A.M and we were back to the hospital again, the doc saw her this time (lastnight he was on call but said it wasn't an emergency, so come back tomorrow) and said she had some infections but no phenomia, which was a releif. a trip to the chemist and we were $94 poorer after buying antibiotics and ventilin (sp?), but the important thing is over the next few days she got alot lot better with that medicine. COOBER PEDY HOSPITAL everyone else this morning was doing their own things, Rick getting his fuel tank fixed and the rest sight seeing and buying groceries. we had time to grab some groceries and a very very quick sight see before everyone met at the Coober Pedy sign for a group pic at 12.30 P.M., from here it was on to Oodnadatta for the night. SIGHT SEEING GROUP PIC the pic taken and we were on the road again, though we didn't get far before another vehicle had problems. Pete and Esther's 3.0 ltr Patrol was making a very strange clunking noise in the engine, it didn't sound good. a quick call to the mechanic who fixed Ricks tank earlier that day and 2 vehicles were headed back to Coober Pedy, whilst the rest of us headed for Oodnadatta. on arriving back at the mechanics he stopped what he was doing and looked over the Patrol, i don't remember exactly what the part was, but something like a idler tensioning bearing had gone and the mechanic bodgied another one up to fix the problem, as he didn't have the right part needed. within about 30 minutes they were back on the road and heading to meet us at Oodnadatta. leading the way i got to see a few animals others didn't, but up in the middle of the road ahead i could see something that looked out of the ordinary, so i slowed right down. getting closer i could now make out what it was i could see from a distance, 3 wedge tail eagles were fighting over some road kill they were eating. as i slowly got closer i radioed back to the others what was up ahead, but as i got with in picture taking distance one eagle flew away. stopping my fourby and getting out another eagle flew away with the 3rd one looking as he would also do the same thing. the last eagle jumped back and flapped his wings a few tims, before deciding he was hungry and going nowhere. for the next 5-10 minutes the eagle stood there feeding whilst we took pics and some video footage, it was awesome to watch. DINNER TIME back in the vehicles and we were soon in Oodnadatta, not the prettiest of towns, but it meant we had about 200 less klms to do tomorrow to get to Curtain Springs. checking into the campsite we noticed they had cabins and rooms for rent, as our youngest was still crook we rented the last room available which was tiny with a double bed, the kids slept on the floor on their matresses, abit tight but atleast it was warm. Day 8:- a quick group pic outside the Pink Roadhouse of Oodnadatta and we were on our way to Curtin Springs. not alot happened today and not alot to see really, it was all about clocking up 650 odd klms and getting to where we wanted to be, luckily the dvd player kept the kids entertained. along the way we spotted quite a few more wedge tailed eagles, a couple were massive in size, by the end of the day i would have seen atleast a dozen, more then i'd seen previously in my life, they were everywhere. morning tea was at the Marla Roadhouse where we rejoined the Stuart Highway and fueled up. back on the road and we stopped for lunch at the Northern Territory / South Australia border before heading to our next 2 nights camp location of Curtin Springs. GROUP PIC MORE EAGLES (though were camera shy) OUT OF THE WAY...COMING THROUGH!!! (Stuart Hwy) LUNCH STOP...LEAVING S.A QUICK AROUND THE OTHER SIDE...IN THE N.T turning left off of the Stuart Hwy it was supposed to be an uneventful run into Curtin Springs where we'd make camp for 2 nights. about halfway there i heard a loud screaching noise coming from under the bonnet and could smell a burning rubber / plastic type smell. radioing to the rest of the crew i had a problem i pulled over and quickly checked the water temp and oil pressure gauges (which read fine) before shutting down the engine as a cloud of smoke billowed out from under the bonnet. Wombat pulled up behind me and commented on the smoke he could see aswell, i was hoping it wasn't something terminal. lifting the bonnet we started the vehicle up again and the problem was diagnosed almost immediately, smoke was pouring off of the air con belt due to it melting as the compressor had seized up, a quick push of the buttom to turn the air con off inside the vehicle and the problem was solved, now i just need to fix it before sumer comes around...lol...atleast the heater still worked. SUNSET OVER MT. CONNOR VIEWED FROM CURTIN SPRINGS [img]http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/kk237/qld-bundy-d
Just a heads up...Jeff has changed his signature due to being foolish enough to leave his account logged on when he borrowed my phone.
I preferred his signature i'd written there myself before he changed it...lol
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« Reply #4 on: November 01, 2010, 07:43:58 PM »
Day 9:- abit of a lazy start to the day for those who had families this morning, whilst others were up fairly early and off on the drive from Curtin Springs to The Rock. a few couples were having flights over the Rock and Olgas so were away early to go explore the areas on foot before their flight later in the day, we on the other hand planned to not do so much walking with our young kids, so left camp a few hours later. once we finally left camp the trip out was pretty uneventful, we kept our eyes peeled for camels but didn't see a single one. arriving at the entrance gates to the park, we paid our $25 per Adult for our 3 day pass and headed off towards the Olgas first up. we would leave Ayres Rock itself until last to explore, and then stay to watch the sunset before heading back to Curtin Springs where dinner would be waiting for us, as Rick and Bronny were cooking tonight and had decided to not bother watching the sunset and be back at camp early to prepare everyones meal. turning right off the main road we were now heading for The Olgas, not to far along the road Glen radioed to us he had seen a camel just off to the left, we pulled over and turned around to go take some pics. as we pulled up on the side of the road the camel decided he didn't want his pic taken and disappeared over top of the sand dune he was standing on. not wanting to miss a photo opportunity, both Glen and myself jumped out of our vehicles and gave pursuit of him on foot. reaching the top of the sand dune our camel was nowhere to be seen, "where the hell did he go?" we said, inbetween gasping for air as we realised our severe lack of fitness, from running in soft sand uphill :oops: :lol: :lol: plenty of shrubs and grass gave the camel somewhere to hide, our guess was he was sitting down somewhere hiding not far from us, but we were buggered if we could find him, we nicknamed him Houdini (sp?) for his effort...lol. looking around we then realised what a great viewpoint we had of both Ayres Rock and then looking behind us, also of The Olgas. AYRES ROCK VIEWED FROM THE SAND DUNE TURNING AROUND AND IT'S THE OLGAS VIEWED FROM THE SAME SPOT pics taken, we walked down the dune, jumped back in the fourbies and were on our way again heading for The Olgas. we had a quick look around and a bite to eat here before heading back to go explore The Rock. before reaching Ayres rock we stopped in at The Cultural Centre, our oldest (7 yrs old) had been studying about Aboriginal people at school, and was keen to go learn some more in the cultural centre. with our youngest now asleep in the back i decided to remain in the vehicle listening to the radio, whilst my wife and our oldest daughter went and explored the centre. after quite some time they returned back to the carpark, and with the other family still looking around the centre we made tracks for Ayres Rock itself on our own. arriving at the base of where you climb the rock, we saw the climb was closed "due to high winds", not that it mattered to us, as we had no intention of climbing it with 2 young kids to worry about. we spent time wandering around parts of the base of the rock taking pics, whilst i had considered walking around the whole rock pre trip, i changed my mind when i realised i'd probably end up carrying a small child for half of that trip atleast...lol. returning back to the vehicle i noticed a herd / mob (or what ever you call lots of camels) of camels in the bush across the road from the carpark. so as not to scare them off, we slowly walked over and took some pics. LOTS OF CAMELS WHAT YOU LOOKING AT? by now it was about 5.00 P.M and it was time to head to the sunset viewing carpark, we headed clockwise around the rock to make sure we'd done the full lap. about half way around the rock we approached a car parked on the righthand side of the road with the driver waving his arms trying to get us to stop. not wanting to miss out on a prime position in the sunset viewing area i quickly sped up, looked away and drove straight past him :wink: :lol: :lol: no i didn't, i stopped to see what was up, finding out his battery was dead and that he needed a jump start. pulling out the jumper leads from underneath my drivers seat and hooking them up to both our vehicles, his car soon roared to life and we were both on our way. finishing our lap around the rock we soon pulled into the sunset viewing carpark and took up position for some happy snapping of pics. FAMILY PIC AT AYRES ROCK SUNSET SHOT OF AYRES ROCK once the sun had set it was time to head back to our campsite at Curtin Springs, a quick side trip was made into the resort area to get fuel, as i had been told earlier it was about 30 cents a litre cheaper here then at Curtin Springs, which turned out to be true. the drive back to camp was uneventful except for the last few kilometres, still doing 100klm/hr we zoomed past some dark shapes standing just off to the side of the road, it took a second to register what they were, but we quickly realised cattle were everywhere about. slowing right down we pulled into camp just as dinner was about ready, it was perfect timing. dinner was had along with a few drinks and we were off to bed to get some sleep before our drive to Alice springs tomorrow. Day 10:- today we were headed for Alice Springs, it would be a black top run all the way, as we all decided to bypass The Kings Canyon road, we couldn't be bothered and would leave that area for a completely seperate trip in the future. not much happened along the way to Alice other then us stopping at the Mt. Connor lookout on the way back to the Stuart Hwy, and also us stopping to inspect The Cannon Ball Run Monument. Rick that was on the trip with us lost a mate in that tradgic accident (Keith Pritchard), so we all stopped and let him have a good look at what there was there, and remember a friend lost in a tradgic circumstance. MT.CONNOR FROM THE LOOKOUT FOR THOSE WHO DON'T KNOW WHAT THE MONUMENT IS ABOUT... (copied from a Geocache forum) The Northern Territory Cannonball Run was held from 22 May to the 27 in 1994 on the Stuart Highway from Darwin to Alice Springs and return, a distance of nearly 1600 kms, and attracted 118 racing enthusiasts from all over the world with their expensive machines. The race contained three distinct driving phases within the one event. These were the "flying miles", the timed sectors and, covering by far the greatest distance, normal, everyday driving during which there was no competitive element. The "flying miles" were a test of a car's acceleration with cars cross the starting line at 60 km/h and 1600 m later their speed was recorded by radar, with points awarded accordingly. The timed sections of the run were approximately 100 km stretches to which set times was applied. Cannonballers lost points on these sections by arriving either too late or too early by more than three minutes. While these sections of the run were happening, the road was open to regular traffic, although police swept the road ahead, side roads were manned and the travelling public and commercial vehicles were warned. During these sections, as throughout the run, Cannonball drivers were subject to the same laws as anyone else. It is to be pointed out, though, that in the Northern Territory doesn't exist a specified speed limit on the open road. On 24 May, during one of the timed sections near Alice Springs, a Ferrari F40 crashed into a checkpost killing its occupants, the Japanese duo Akihiro Kabe and codriver Okano (first name unknown) and two track officials, Tim Linklater and Keith Pritchard. An inquest found that the direct cause of the accident was driver error on the part of the Japanese team which entered the checkpoint at an excessive speed. ........................................................................................................... back on the road and it wasn't long before we were in Alice Springs, now the fun part...finding accommodation. Glen had previously emailed several places before we left Brisbane and didn't have much luck with getting answers from them, so now we'd try in person :? first place we tried had a tiny section of grass (and i mean tiny) which may have fitted us all in, but we weren't real happy with this option and would leave it as a last resort place to camp. a couple of quick phone calls and we were told the Big 4 park had enough sites for us, having taken our caravan to Big 4 parks previously i thought we'd be onto a good thing, and i wasn't disappointed. the Caravan Park was fantastic, especially if you were a kid, if you've stayed at a Big 4 park you'll know what i mean, if you have a young family and haven't already, then i suggest you look into staying at one of them one day. we set up the tent, had lunch and then it was time to do some shopping and restock the food and drink supplies for our next week or so's adventure, out to and across The Simpson Desert. back at camp we relaxed for the arvo whilst all the kids ran a muck in the playground, we had dinner and a few drinks before heading off to bed. Day 11:- today was a day for everyone to go their seperate ways and explore what ever they wanted to in Alice Springs, with decided to keep it simple and visit ANZAC Hill aswell as The Telegraph Station, others went to a Wildlife Park and some also visited The Transport Museum. ANZAC Hill is basically near the middle of town and is great spot to get a birds eye view of the town, there's a few plaques explaining how it got it's name and also the hills relevance to the local aboriginal peoples. ANZAC HILL from here we hoped back in the fourby and had a short drive 3klms out of town to the Old Telegraph Station. this telegrah station formed part of The Overland Line which ran from Port Augusta Adelaide to Palmerston (now Darwin) in The Northern Territory. on arrival at the Old Telegraph Station, we paid our entrance fee and were informed that we could send a real telegraph message to anyone we wanted to, as a volunteer telegraph group was in town for 2 weeks, and sending messages to Adelaide, which would then be forwared via mail to where ever we wanted. with this information in mind we headed to the building we needed to and the kids sent a message to their grand parents aswell as our oldest sending one to her school class, both messages explaining the fun holiday they were having. after watching the volunteer man send the message, we continued on to explore rest of the buildings and outside property area. OLD TELEGRAPH BUILDING (where the messages were sent from) OLD WAGON now finished looking around the buildings we ventured out the back gate to go look at some water, and stumbled across a plaque explianing how Alice Springs got it's name, it was quite an unexpected find. ALICE.....WHO THE F#$K IS ALICE? from here it was back to the campground where along the way, we fueled up the fourby and spare jerry can in preperation for tomorrows drive to Chambers Pillar via Boggy Hole. some chours needed doing late in the arvo...ie: clothes were washed and we decided what was for dinner tonight. Dinner tonight was a look after yourself job, and we decided to grab pizza from the local restuarant around the corner from where we were staying, i was buggered if i was going to cook...lol. dinner and drinks had, it was off to bed to get some sleep before tomorrows big drive, and we at this point had no idea what a long day it would be :shock:
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« Reply #5 on: November 01, 2010, 07:45:26 PM »
Day:- 11 an early rise today as we had alot of ground to cover, today we would be going West out of Alice Springs to Boggy Hole in the Finke Gorge Nat. Park before then heading East and ending up at Chambers Pillar for the night...atleast that was the plan. heading West along Larapinta drive towards Hermannsburg it was about an hour or so drive on the bitumin before we turned left off the road for Boggy Hole. there was no signage to be seen indicating we were at the right track, just a look at the map showing the turnoff was near a creek (which it was) and the knowledge we were about 12 klms from Hermannsburg which was also looking about right on the map, oh well fingers crossed...lol TURN OFF WITH NO SIGNAGE TO BE SEEN Stopping briefly to deflate our tyres we were soon on our way down the track, still no signs to be seen we guessed which tracks to take next with the use of 2 GPS units, luckily not taking a wrong turn and before long we knew we were on more of a defined road and pretty confident we were going the right way. going past a few houses we were soon driving down a sandy creek bed which had massive red rock walls towering up either side of us, not somewhere you'd want to be should a big storm hit i assume. TOWERING ROCK WALLS i'll say now that Boggy Hole turned out to be the highlight of my trip IMHO, we only allowed a couple of hours to drive through this area, it ended up taking about 6 hrs and we actually wished we had allowed a night to camp at Boggy Waterhole itself. A FEW PICS OF THE DRIVE morning tea was had beside the creek and we all commented on just how spectacular the massive rock walls were, nobody expected this place to be as beautiful as it was and the water left over from recent rains was certainly helping add to the attraction. on the road again and we soon found ourselves at Boggy Hole itself, we followed the main track only to have it come to an end, taking another option we soon found this track was a no go aswell. looking across the creek i could see wheel tracks on the other bank and told Peter and Esther to search back behind us for another track, within minutes they had found a route over to the other side and we were on our way again. leaving Boggy Hole behind us we were trying to keep on the track which at times was disappearing, and had us guessing where to go, but a couple of hundred metres ahead it would reappear and make you feel better about the direction you were driving. leading the way i radioed back that the sand was very soft ahead and to give it abit and not back off, but alas my advice was not followed and Peter and Esther soon found themselves bogged. Glen reversed back to snatch their vehicle out and i was concerned that maybe the soft sand he was now in would bog him also, this proved to be correct and in hindsight it really needed 2 straps joined together, so now we had 2 vehicles bogged...lol WHOOPS, SHOULD HAVE USED 2 STRAPS reversing my fourby back i soon had the both of them out and we were on our way again. the sandy track had by now started to get abit rocky and before long had changed to mostly rocks, it was here we had our first puncture of the trip. Barney had blown the side out of a tyre and whilst it was changed, we called lunch and had abit of fun with the kids TEACHING THE KIDS TO SKIP ROCKS ACROSS THE WATER tyre changed and lunch had we made our way out of the Nat. Park to the Ernest Giles Road, we were now atleast 4hrs behind time schedule and knew we would be later then expexted getting into Chambers Pillars today. heading East on Ernest Giles Road we then turned left onto the Stuart Hwy heading back towards Alice Springs for about 30klms before turning right off of the highway towards our nights destination. as the sunset we still had quite some klms to drive, the wind had disappeared and the dust was not disappearing at all, which had has driving at walking pace in some places. turning right at Maryvale it was now almost 7.00 p.m and we only had about 50 klms until we were where we wanted to be. during the day this would be about an hours drive, but tonight the visibility was zero due to the dust, and most vehicles were lucky to be doing 20 kph, at times i would stop on the side of the road waiting for the dust to clear, but no matter how long i waited it still just hung there, refusing to clear. with about 20 klms to go Wombat had developed a problem in his vehicle, a strange noise was occurring and he thought it was due to a loose wheel bearing. with the vehicles spread out over about 10 klms and wombat as tail end charlie, we turned around to go back and help him out. Barney was cooking dinner tonight so it was decided that he would go ahead and set up camp and get dinner going whilst we repaired Wombats fourby, good in theory until Barney got his second flat tyre of the day. now for the rest of the vehicles on the trip this would be no big deal, but for Barney it was, as he was only carrying the one spare tyre, and that one was already on his fourby after completely destroying the other one earlier in the day. removing the wheel we found the hole and set about plugging it up, 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10 plugs in the hole and it was still leaking, so we pulled them out and started again. 1,2,3,4,5,6 plugs and it's slowing down but still leaking...7 plugs and it's nearly stopped...8 plugs, just one more maybe...9 plugs, it's just about stopped....10 plugs in and we seemed to have stopped the air from escaping. LET THE FUN BEGIN By the time we had fixed the tyre Wombat had fixed his fourby aswell, the wheel bearing had come loose and just needed to be tightened. it was now after 9.00 p.m and we decided the 20 klms we needed to cover was going to take way to long, that and Barneys no spare wheel caused some issues aswell. a few klms back down the road was a large open area, so we headed back there to make camp for the night. Barney quickly had the gas bbq going and it was steak sandwiches for dinner whilst half the people set up tents, and others like myself decided we'd just sleep in the fourby tonight, it was just to late to bother setting up camp....2 adults and 2 kids sleeping in the vehicle was never going to be comfortable, but i was way past caring by now. dinner had and a quick couple of cans of bundy and it was time to recline the drivers seat....night John Boy :wink: Day 12:- after a fairly ordinary nights sleep we dragged ourselves out of the fourby (which was nice and warm inside) just in time to farewell Barney and Carl, who had decided lastnight to head back to Alice Springs in their 2 vehicles to get some new tyres for Barneys fourby. Barney was running fairly new Kelly branded tyres, but would this be the case when they met up with again either later this arvo or possibly tomorrow morning, only time would tell. after having breakfast, those who needed to, packed up camp and we continued back along the road we were on, to finish our drive into Chambers Pillar. the drive was easy going, though the road did become quite corrogated as we neared the campground itself. ROAD INTO CHAMBERS PILLAR CHAMBERS PILLAR before long we were in the carpark of the campground and preparing for the short walk to the Pillar itself. once at the Pillar you walk around to the left side of it, then all the way around to the back of the pillar (not a very long distance), where you'll find a very steep set of rock / stone steps that you climb to view the surrounding country side, just as the early explorers would have done 140 years ago, though they would have done so without the stairs :wink: . reaching the viewing platform there are numerous engravings in the rock pillar itself, some of the more fascinating ones being those of early explorer John Ross's expedition party, who visited the pillar in 1870. these men were travelling in advance of the Overland Telegraph Line construction crews, searching for food, water and telegraph pole timber. NAMES CARVED INTO THE PILLAR our visit finished here, we were back in the vehicles and headed for Mt. Dare via Finke, along The Old Ghan Line. returning along the road to Maryvale we came into Chambers Pillar on, we mistakenly turned right instead of left and took in the scenic sights that Maryvale has to offer, i'd probably be inclined to give this tour a miss if you visit the area :wink: turning around and heading back out of Maryvale we soon found the Old Ghan Line and set off on one of the most corrogated roads i've driven on, then chuck in the old railway spikes you need to avoid littering the road, and i'll say it's not exactly a relaxing drive. about 15klms along the track Wombat radioed he had a flat tyre, we were hoping this wasn't a sign of things to come. turning around and heading back to Wombat, i wondered how big the hole would be and if it was caused by an old spike. with the tyre soon removed from the vehicle and being reinflated, we found only a small hole, and quickly had it repaired using just the one plug this time...yeh....lol. back on the road and trying to find a suitable speed to make the corrogations feel not so bad (90 - 95 kph worked well), we were all making comment about the race track that runs along side The Old Ghan Line, the jumps involved in driving that track were just crazy, and it would be great viewing to actually be there and see the race one year i imagine. for those of you that don't know, once a year they hold an offroad race that leaves Alice Springs and overnights in Finke, before returning back in the opposite direction the next day and ends up back in Alice Springs. along the way we stopped for the odd photo at an old railway siding, and then in the middle of nowhere had a quick stop on the roadside for lunch, but our main aim was to make sure we made Mt. Dare at a reasonable hour this arvo. RAILWAY SIDING the rest of the afternoons drive turned out uneventful thankfully, we made good time, crossed back into South Australia and found ourselves at Mt. Dare at about 4.30 p.m. checking in, there was a message awaiting us saying Carl and Barney would here about 6.00 p.m tonight, it was good to know they had made it back to Alice springs ok, and were on their way to meet back up with us. after such an ordinary nights sleep the night before, we all decided to splash out and get ourselves cabins to sleep in for the night, tonight was also a pub meal night, so nobody had to worry about cooking dinner either. before long we were showered and sitting down at the bar enjoying a refreshing beverage or 2, and just on 6.00 p.m Carl and Barney arrived as they said they would. a quick inspection of Barneys fourby showed new Mickey Thompson MTZ tyres on all 4 corners aswell as the spare, he also had a couple of the other Kelly tyres as back ups if need be. dinner was had and a few more drinks aswell, and before long we were all off to bed, the long day and late night yesterday had taken it's toll on us all, so it was time to catch up on some sleep. N.T / SOUTH AUSTRALIA BORDER MT. DARE
Just a heads up...Jeff has changed his signature due to being foolish enough to leave his account logged on when he borrowed my phone.
I preferred his signature i'd written there myself before he changed it...lol
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« Reply #6 on: November 01, 2010, 07:46:46 PM »
Day 13:- today we had the short drive to Dalhousie Springs, we decided lastnight that instead of being in the desert tonight, we would get into Dalhousie early and enjoy the afternoon lazing around in the swimming hole and just doing bugger all. originally we were supposed to be here lastnight, but after the previous days events we made Mt. Dare our overnight stop, in order to giver Carl and Barney a chance to catch us up. with time to spare i wondered around Mt. Dare taking some pics. COUPLE OF PICS OF OLD VEHICLES leaving Mt. Dare we were soon turning left towards Dalhousie, before long we were driving on gibber plain and we stopped to let our tyres down some more, this had the desired effect we wanted and was a much more comfortable drive from here on. stopping along the way to collect firewood, the short drive was uneventful and a pleasant change from previous days driving. TIME TO LET TYRES DOWN arriving just before lunch we set up camp, and quickly had a bite to eat before making our way down to the water for a swim. the water was certainly warm, almost abit to warm really, but oh well it was definately relaxing. if you stood still long enough, the small fish in the water would come and nibble on your legs, the kids thought this was hilarious. leaving the water we returned to camp for some no holds barred, games of botchy (sp?) or whatever the game is called, aswell as starting the fire for cooking tonights dinner. Dinner tonight would be cooked by Esther and it would be Roast Rack of Lamb stuffed with Tomato, Cheese & Prosciutto cooked in the camp oven, easily the best meal we had all trip. dinner was had, more drinks consumed and we all slowly made our way back to our tents to get some sleep before we hit the desert tomorrow. DALHOUSIE SPRING SPORT AT IT'S BEST RELIC IN THE PADDOCK BEST DINNER OF THE TRIP BEING COOKED AT THIS FIRE Day 14 :- today was the big day, time to enter into The Simpson Desert 8) . packing up camp i couldn't resist having one last dip in the water, the wife had already been down and taken some pics with the mist rising up over the water, so now it was time for me to have a look. whilst it was quite chilly this morning i knew the water would be really warm, only problem would be come time to get out, i knew it would be freezing, oh well, no pain no gain as they say. MORNING MIST AT DALHOUSIE SPRINGS exiting the water it was icy cold as expected, a quick walk back to the fourby for some dry clothes and then it was time to leave. departing camp we stopped just up the road at the rubbish dump, and made sure we had plenty of room in the rubbish bag for the next few days travels. before long we were travelling along sandy tracks and then it was time to stop and lock the hubs in for when 4wd would be needed. now here's where the landscape should start looking somewhat like a desert, but alas it looked alot more like prime grazing country. rounding a corner, a look over to the right had us seeing grass that was so green, you'd swear it'd glow in the dark, it really did look out of place for being in the middle of Australia. THE GREEN GREEN GRASS OF CENTRAL AUSTRALIA before long we were at Purni Bore and it was morning tea time, Purni Bore had a flushing toilet and even hot water....if you wanted to wait the 10 minutes the sign said it takes to arrive to the tap :wink: Purni Bore is the result of drilling by a French Petroleum company in 1963, the well was capped but eventually the wellhead coroded and water flowed out over the ground at 18 ltr a second, before long forming a lake. with such a large volume of water flowing out of the Great Artesian Basin, water flow at Dalhousie Springs was being effected, so in 1987 they capped the bore again and left just enough water flowing to sustain a much smaller lake for the wildlife that had come to depend on the water source. PURNI BORE leaving Purni Bore it wasn't long before we stopped for another photo opportunity, a camel was walking up the track towards us all :shock: as he got closer he decided it was time to head bush and started to make abit of a run for it. FUTURE CURRIED CAMEL PIE AT BIRDSVILLE BAKERY a little bit futher down the track and we were officially in The Simpson Desert 8) 8) time for a group pic. GROUP PIC AT SIMPSON DESERT SIGN back on the track again and making good time, so far today we were yet to see any other vehicles. this would soon change as we neared the turn off to the Rig Road and we found ourselves stopped on the side of the track as a group of 5 other vehicles came the opposite way. mobile again and we were all finding the going really easy, before long it was lunchtime and we found a large flat open area to stop at, main problem was finding somewhere free at prickles :wink: lunch consumed, and back on the French Line we found ourselves at the Colson Track intersection, here we would turn right and travel to about the turnoff for the Oolarinna Oil Well, where we would make camp for the night. camp set up for the night and plenty of daylight still left, we walked up a nearby sand dune to take some pics of the abundant wildflowers we had been seeing all day. most of the flowers were white in colour, but occasionally you'd get the odd yellow batch aswell. walking along the dune top i spotted a hawk of some type sitting on a dead tree branch amongst the wildflowers, how i'd kill for a bigger zoom lense right about now. DESERT.....WHAT DESERT? I SO NEED A BIGGER ZOOM LENSE!!!! WILDFLOWERS IN BLOOM by now the sun was starting to set, so we made our way back to our camp and sat around the fire waiting for dinner to be cooked and enjoying a beverage or 2. dinner was had, and not wanting to burn all our firewood in one night we were soon all off to bed and tucked up in the sleeping bags where it was alot warmer then being outside.
Just a heads up...Jeff has changed his signature due to being foolish enough to leave his account logged on when he borrowed my phone.
I preferred his signature i'd written there myself before he changed it...lol
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« Reply #7 on: November 01, 2010, 07:47:26 PM »
Day 15:- a nice cold morning to start the day, it really is hard to get out of bed and pack up camp in these temperatures :( brekky consumed and camp packed up we were off driving again in the desert. continuing South along Colson Track we soon made a righthand turn onto the WAA Line and then alittle further up this track we then made a lefthand turn into the Rig Road where we were heading for The Lone Gum Tree. the Rig Road was much slower going then the previous days driving, not really hard to drive, but just so many dunes to go over had us travelling alot slower. the flowers today were alot more abundant then yesterday, we found ourselves stopping a few times to take pics along the way. I SAY AGAIN...WHAT DESERT? PRETTY FOURBY PIC MORE FLOWERS eventually we made it to The Lone Gum for our intended lunch stop, it had taken about 2 hours longer then we expected it would, and with tonights intended camp spot being Poeppel Corner, we were going to have to make up some time somewhere. looking at the map whilst having lunch, we decided we'd skip doing the Knolls Track (our intended route) and just head North, straight back up to the French Line from where we were. whilst the Knolls track would be alot more scenic route, we knew it was alot slower going, so this track was skipped in favour of a much quicker route back to the French Line. back on the French Line we soon found ourselves crossing a big salt pan, all vehicles stopped in the middle and it was time for another group pic SALT PAN GROUP PIC back on the go and the sand was now becoming alot softer, all the previous dunes had been easy going, but now there was the chance of actually getting yourself bogged if you weren't alert enough. the afternoon was getting on and we were still about 20 klms from Poeppel Corner, at the rate we were travelling it would be dark before we got there. it was now we had our first bogging in the desert, Barney had tried to come up a steep section of a dune and not quite made it to the top, instead of waiting to be towed over he thought he'd reverse back and give it a second attempt. as Barney reversed back he slid sideways and wedged the back of his vehicle against another dune, he now couldn't go backwards or go forwards...time for a recovery. it took a few attempts with a snatch strap and some shovel work, but after about 15 - 20 minutes Barney was towed up and over the dune from where he was stuck. we all quickly then pressed on in the vain hope we would make Poeppel Corner tonight, but as the sun began to set and with still 10 klms to drive, we knew we had atleast another hour before we would get there. the decision was made to find a flat spot and make camp for the night, i'd hoped to be in camp earlier though, as tonight it was our 2nd and final time to cook dinner for everyone. setting up camp, some of the other guys gave us hand to prepare dinner, as it was getting late and many hands made light work. dinner had we enjoyed a couple of drinks and trundled off to bed. tucked up in bed tonight would be quite a cold night indeed. Day 16:- it was definately a cold night lastnight, we woke to find the washing up water we'd left out had a thin layer of ice across the top of it. then looking around we noticed it was one of the most spectatcular sunrises we'd seen all trip (though i did try and avoid alot of them :wink: :lol: ), i quickly grabbed the camera and went for a short walk down the track to take a pic over the nearby saltpan. SUNRISE IN THE SIMPSON a few pics taken and i returned to camp to have breakfast and pack up camp, we then had the short 10 klm drive to Poeppel Corner where we would then have morning tea. for those who don't know, Poeppel Corner marks the spot where Queensland, South Australia and the Northern Territory all meet up at. POEPPEL CORNER MARKER MY KIDS AT THE REPLICA OF ORIGINAL MARKER POST AT POEPPEL CORNER back on the road again and we weren't sure where we'd end up tonight, we hoped to cross Eyre Creek on the Northern Bypass Road and then find somewhere to camp, but only time would tell just how far we'd get today. leaving Poeppel Corner we were soon viewing another large salt Pan, this one just like the one on the Western Side of Poeppel Corner had quite abit of water sitting in it, the contrast of the water and the white salt pan really did look spectacular, my photography skills could never do it justice. EASTERN SIDE OF POEPPEL CORNER SALT PAN WITH WATER IN IT THE DESERT IS A MYTH I TELLS YA'S!!! FLOWERING PLANT as the day went on we soon found ourselves having lunch in the middle of nowhere, once again we found a large open flat area, and tried to stay away from the prickles. lunch had and we were on our way again, we had come across a couple of vehicles today just after Poeppel Corner, but the traffic so far was quite light, the previous day we had passed only 4 vehicles all day. after lunch we could hear chatter on the radio of oncoming vehicles, it was a group of 5 4wd's and they were kind enough to pull over and let our group of 7 vehicles pass by. as the afternoon wore on we once again heard talk on the uhf and found out we had another 7 vehicles comoing in the opposite direction towards us, though this group had encounter some breakdowns with vehicle and were spread out over about a 10klm distance. the first 2 vehicles approached us and i was amazed and astounded at the stupidity of some people, sitting on the roofrack of the 1st 4wd was 2 young kids as the vehicle travelled along, inside the vehicle was another 5 people, and one of them was half hanging out the window aswell :shock: :roll: :roll: :roll: further up the track we passed another 2 vehicles and then abit further along we encountered the last 3 of the group. hearing the last vehicles talking on the radio and then seeing them, we radioed we had a visual on them, and could they stay where they were whilst we came down from ontop of the dune we were on. much to our amazement, halfway down the dune, Glen who was infront of me, almost had a head on accident with the oncoming group, as they ignored our message and came flying up the dune :shock: :roll: :roll: not wanting to wait for us, the 3 vehicles then plowed their way through the scrubland and went around us, whilst they didn't respond to our first message to stay where they were, they certainly did respond to the next one we gave them. lets just say it can't be printed on a family friendly forum like this :wink: from this point it was an uneventful drive to the Eyre Creek bypass track, we turned left and headed the 30 odd klms North along a track in really good condition, there was only the odd washout to lookout for, the rest of the track was pretty smooth going. reaching Eyre Creek we expected it to be about 700mm deep and fast flowing as all reports had it, instead we found it about 500mm deep and not flowing all that quickly, certainly flowing, but nothing dangerous. EYRE CREEK NORTHERN BYPASS CROSSING CLOSED EYRE CREEK CROSSING ON QAA LINE crossing over the rocky creek bed we were now on the eastern side of Eyre Creek, following the track we found numerous campers had set up along the creek and there wasn't alot of room for a big group like ours left. we decided we'd head along the Eastern side of the bypass, back to the QAA Line and see what we could find there. reaching the QAA line there really wasn't anywhere suitable to camp, most of the flat areas were still water logged, so we continued East over a few dunes before finding a spot to make camp for the night, by now the sun was setting and it wouldn't be long before it got dark. camp set up we did the usual and enjoyed a few drinks along with our dinner before eventually going to bed.
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Just a heads up...Jeff has changed his signature due to being foolish enough to leave his account logged on when he borrowed my phone.
I preferred his signature i'd written there myself before he changed it...lol
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« Reply #8 on: November 01, 2010, 07:48:08 PM »
Day 17:- a short drive today, tonights stop over would be in Birdsville, so it meant a not to early of a departure from camp for us all. as we left our campsite, a convoy of 5 vehicles passed by us heading towards Birdsville aswell, we tucked in behind them and made it a full on convoy of 12 vehicles to Big Red, luckily nobody came the other way towards us. not quite reaching the Western side of Big Red we stopped and looked at the water still about, the track almost looked drivable, but everyone else had been doing a short detour over Little Red instead, due to the track being not passable. BIG RED INFRONT US, LOOKING EAST not happy with having to detour, we all considered having a go at getting through the stretch of water that remained before Big Red, it only looked about ankle deep, but nobody was sure what it was like out in the middle. after much toing and froing of "you go first..no you go first, i reckon you'll make it.... from everyone standing about, i removed my double pluggers and set about for a walk through the water to see just how deep it was out in the middle. first thing i'll say is that water was like ice, my feet were numb within about 30 seconds of walking in that water, next thing i'll say is, i didn't want to go arse up in the mud and have everyone laughing at me :wink: slowly making my way across the muddy water i had a few close calls with slipping over, one of which i really thought i was gone...lol the water for the most was about abit over ankle deep, but as i neared the middle it started to get about knee deep in some old wheel tracks, and i was also starting to sink abit in the mud at the bottom, so it meant no chance really that a 4wd would be likely to get through without getting bogged. i reckoned if you got stuck where i was, then you'd need all the recovery gear we had on hand between us all, to reach where you would be, and it just sounded like to much work, so we decided to go around instead. CHECKING THE DEPTH turning right onto the short detour track, we were soon parked on top of Little Red and looking at alot more water then what was on the Western side of the sand dunes. VIEW LOOKING EAST FROM LITTLE RED a couple of pics taken we then ventured down to the water line where you could turn right and head for Birdsville along a pretty rough detour track, or you could turn left and head for a play on Big Red instead, so we turned left of course. from here it was only a couple of minutes and we were on top of Big Red, the climb up the Eastern side was really easy going, and we parked the vehicles to watch Glen and another fella from the previous group of 5 mentioned try their best to get up the Western side of Big Red. with tyres down to 12 psi at the rear and 10 psi at the front, both Glen and the other guy tried numerous times to conquor Big Red, but all to no avail. by now several other vehicles from ours and their group had joined in to try and get over the sand dune, but nobody was successful. watching their attempts, i said to those also watching, "they need to change back a gear at that point where it kicks abit and just give it to it until they get over the top, but i was thinking they would go from 3rd gear to 2nd gear. at this point, one of the guys in our group says, "well go on big mouth, show them how it's done". ONE OF GLENS MANY FAILED ATTEMPTS....looking West off top of Big Red hopping in my cruiser i drove down the bottom and let my tyres down to 12psi rears and 10psi fronts. i took the small run up and quickly realised that this dune is bloody steep, i was in 1st gear and only ever going to get into 2nd at best, so that 3rd back to 2nd idea of a gear change, was about to be 2nd back to 1st gear at the kick. hitting 2nd gear i neared the point i wanted to change gears back at, and instead of selecting 1st gear, i accidentally put it into 3rd :oops: so killed my speed immediately. reversing back down i gave it a 2nd try, and this time hit 1st gear at the point i wanted to. with the revs up i climbed to the top, only to stop inches from getting completely over, the front wheels were there, back the backs were buried :evil: reversing all the way back down, i thought i'd give it one more go before considering lowering tyre pressures even lower. this time i hit the gear change right again, and as i neared the top, i realised i had the speed to conquor Big Red, and i made it over on the 3rd try...yeah Mal...lol not wanting to be out done, Glen drove back down the bottom and let his tyres down to 8psi rears and 6 psi fronts, he then easily drove straight over the dune, where he'd previously failed numerous times earlier. thinking it was really easy, Glen then drove back down the bottom and tried again, this time with no run up, where as all previous attempts were done with as long of a run up as possible. slowly Glen took off and drove up the dune, he continued straight up and over the top without a problem what so ever, showing to all it was all about getting the right tyre pressure to make the climb easily. CONQUORING BIG RED LOOKING EAST FROM ON TOP OF BIG RED play time over we pumped the tyres up a touch and set off for Birdsville. the detour track was abit ordinary, it was quite rough and probably took about 30 - 40 minutes to negotiate, but after that point we rejoined the main track once again and enjoyed a freshly graded dirt road the rest of the way into Birdsville. WELCOME TO BIRDSVILLE by now it was lunch time and we headed straight to the bakery, i had to try a curried camel pie. my pie consumed i cosidered having a second one, so i guess that meant i quite liked it :wink: , but i decided not to fill up to much before dinner tonight at the pub. from here we made our way to the caravan park where we would set up camp and have our first shower since leaving Mt. Dare a few days earlier. across the road from the van park is the service station, and it was here we were reminded of how dangerous the driving can be for some in the outback, a Bushtracker caravan was on the back of a truck, all mangled after a roll over. speaking to the lady behind the counter at the servo later on, i found out the occupants of the fourby towing the van were ok, as the fourby itself didn't roll :shock: NOT WHAT YOU WHAT TO HAPPEN OUTSIDE THE BIRDSVILLE HOTEL as the sun set, we made our way to the pub for dinner and a couple of quite drinks, before heading back to camp and sleeping in our tent for what would be, the last time this trip. for us it was a good nights sleep, for others, not so...lol
Just a heads up...Jeff has changed his signature due to being foolish enough to leave his account logged on when he borrowed my phone.
I preferred his signature i'd written there myself before he changed it...lol
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« Reply #9 on: November 01, 2010, 07:49:16 PM »
Days 18, 19 and 20:- waking fairly early i noticed both Glen and Peter were already up. speaking to them both i found that Peters matress had deflated during the night, and then speaking to Glen he said the same thing had happened to 2 of their matresses aswell. Glen had 4 matresses at the start of the trip, he'd had one get holed already along the way, and now he'd lost 2 more, not only that, but one of his kids had a slight accident all over the remaining one, so he'd been up since 3 a.m doing laundry :shock: :lol: feeling lazy we all packed up camp and hit the pub for breakfast, before departing for tonights stop at Windorah. nothing much happened along the way, other then passing through Betoota where i remarked how last time i was here, i had a drink at the pub and refueled the fourby. this pub is long since derilect, and neither fuel nor a quite ale is available anymore. BETOOTA PUB arriving in Windorah, and with several people with no matresses to sleep on, we got rooms at the pub instead of camping. another pub meal and several drinks, and we retired to our beds for the night. waking in the morning we said goodbye to 2 vehicles in our group, Carl and Barney were leaving early to head for home, whilst we had breakfast at the pub and left abit later. for us we would soon say goodbye to everyone else, for we would stay the night in Charleville, whilst they continued on to Roma and then we all headed home the next day. before hitting Charleville we saw plenty more wildlife, some big roos tried to jump infront of our vehicles, aswell as seeing more emus and goats aswell. along the way we also got the feeling that wild dogs / dingoes weren't really welcome in the area. DOGS NOT WELCOME MOTHER GOAT AND HER KIDS reaching Charleville, we said our goodbyes and preceeded to spend the afternoon and evening with friends we hadn't seen for a few years, before spending the next day driving all the way back home to Brisbane. all in all it was a fantastic trip. a few breakdowns along the way aswell as a visit to a hospital, but all dramas completely overshadowed by the great scenery, aswell as the good friends we enjoyed the trip with along the way.
Just a heads up...Jeff has changed his signature due to being foolish enough to leave his account logged on when he borrowed my phone.
I preferred his signature i'd written there myself before he changed it...lol
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« Reply #10 on: November 01, 2010, 08:28:12 PM »
Great to see you could get this report back in here Mal, would have been a shame to lose such a well put together write up
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« Reply #11 on: November 01, 2010, 09:22:59 PM »
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Great to see you could get this report back in here Mal, would have been a shame to lose such a well put together write up
i should get around to modifying it one day and include more of the peoples pics who were on the trip....think i will do it one night when i'm bored...lol
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« Reply #12 on: November 02, 2010, 12:04:03 PM »
Thanks for that Mal, reading all about it again just makes me want to do it all again. Such a fantastic trip. Bronny

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« Reply #13 on: November 02, 2010, 12:21:54 PM »
I wish that I was there...hang on I think I was....maybe...lol

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« Reply #14 on: November 02, 2010, 04:54:30 PM »
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I wish that I was there...hang on I think I was....maybe...lol
yes i beleive you were there...lol
Just a heads up...Jeff has changed his signature due to being foolish enough to leave his account logged on when he borrowed my phone.
I preferred his signature i'd written there myself before he changed it...lol
Nice try Grasshopper!!!!!