Brief trip report of Simpson crossing in diesel Pajero

Submitted: Thursday, Sep 12, 2013 at 10:37
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I've just completed an 11 day trip from Melbourne to Dalhousie Springs and across the Simpson to Birdsville then home via Innaminka and Tibooburra. I travelled with two other vehicles. The Pajero performed faultlessly, ticking over 200,000kms just before Marree. It was relatively lightly loaded with only me on board, 60 lit of diesel in 10 lit jerries (only needed one but it was good to have plenty to spare), 30 lit of water, and recovery gear. For the whole trip it returned 10.6 lit/100kms and for the crossing it returned 13.5, using 97.3 lit for 720kms from Oodnadatta to Birdsville (this included 3 trips from Big Red to Birdsville for mechanical problems with another vehicle). I ran about 18psi in the front and 20 in the rear. I used high range initially but put it into low as we headed further east and into softer sand and higher dunes. The lack of traction control in my 03 GLS was not a problem, but I did have to back down for a second attempt on a hand full of dunes. There was traffic going both ways and it seemed to me the eastern approaches were smoother and less rutted. Temperatures reached 37 during the day (pretty hot for late August/early September) and about mid teens over night, which was a real surprise as I'd taken so much clothing and bedding I never used (lol). It was a fabulous trip and the nights in the desert were spectacular.
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Reply By: allein m - Thursday, Sep 12, 2013 at 11:01

Thursday, Sep 12, 2013 at 11:01
nights in the desert were spectacular so true we live in broken hill and moved here 7 years ago from perth and the nights are some thing amazing.
nice to see the old girl still chugging along there,
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Follow Up By: Sandman - Thursday, Sep 12, 2013 at 19:12

Thursday, Sep 12, 2013 at 19:12
We live out in Alice Springs, awesome nights !!!!Dalhousie Springs, we were there 4 weeks ago.....nothing is better than floating around at 9:00pm looking up at the Milky Way !!!!!

Well there is but its not for this forum :-) The "outback" is an awesome place....
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Follow Up By: allein m - Friday, Sep 13, 2013 at 10:58

Friday, Sep 13, 2013 at 10:58
yes after 40 years in Perth i have to agree 200%
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Follow Up By: Outbackogre - Saturday, Sep 14, 2013 at 10:18

Saturday, Sep 14, 2013 at 10:18
The outback is indeed awesome and the deserts are amazing. The night we were at Dalhousie (30 August) was hot, humid and uncomfortable. I went for a dip but it wasn't that refreshing, and the mozzies chased me all the way back to camp (lol).
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Follow Up By: Sandman - Saturday, Sep 14, 2013 at 10:22

Saturday, Sep 14, 2013 at 10:22
Outbackogre

We didn't take the mozzie repellent. I was able to sit there in shorts and a t-shirt and I think I got 3-4 bites. My wife had long pants and a shirt on , got absolutely nailed....

It would be getting pretty hot out there now, must say camping out overnight after the end of September is going to be an unpleasant experience out here in the Alice.....

We didnt have much of a winter at all....
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Follow Up By: Outbackogre - Saturday, Sep 14, 2013 at 13:38

Saturday, Sep 14, 2013 at 13:38
Yeah, didn't you recently have an overnight minimum of 20 in Alice? Pretty unusual for early September.
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Follow Up By: Sandman - Saturday, Sep 14, 2013 at 13:42

Saturday, Sep 14, 2013 at 13:42
Hmm, not sure if it was 20 but we've definitely had 18..Noted the 7 day forecast has us dipping to 10 for a few days but its definitely on the way up !

We've got 35c forecasted today, I went to Toyota this morning and got my timing belt stuff to replace and it was bloody warm that's for sure. Looking out the window as I type, windstill and blue skies, supposedly we have 30% chance of rain, I cant imagine its going to happen :-)
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Follow Up By: allein m - Saturday, Sep 14, 2013 at 14:15

Saturday, Sep 14, 2013 at 14:15
Sandman did you know of a guy called fred cradtree ? who lived in alice springs?
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