2002 - 2003 Canning Stock Route Travellers

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Did anyone in 2002 or 2003, meet a French woman and her dog walking the Canning Stock Route solo and unsupported, living off the desert?

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Reply By: Phil B (WA) - Monday, Aug 04, 2014 at 06:12

Monday, Aug 04, 2014 at 06:12
Hi Gaynor,
This is the first I've heard of this walk. I don't know where you get your tips but I'm also now hoping someone out there has heard of this.

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Follow Up By: Gaynor - Monday, Aug 04, 2014 at 21:27

Monday, Aug 04, 2014 at 21:27
In 2002-2003 there would have been far few travellers than today's approximately 1000 vehicles. Anyone have any idea of the numbers?

It might also be interesting to find out who else travelled the Canning in 2002-2003.

Perhaps a brief comment here such as:

We (4 vehicles) did it in July 2002.

I tried looking back in ExplorOz archived posts but I could not find a direct way to get to posts in 2002 ... or if they even exist? Was this website up and running then?
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Follow Up By: Phil B (WA) - Monday, Aug 04, 2014 at 21:50

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I can't give the numbers for 2002 -03 but can tell you that between 198- to 1985 a total of 670 went along the CSR (that's assuming all recorded their details). See below for details from Work Completed Canning.

In 2007 when permits started, 373 private and 7 commercial permits were issued. 380 vehicles assuming everyone got a permit.

So to hazard a guess 2002-03 was probably around the 300 mark.




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Follow Up By: Gaynor - Monday, Aug 04, 2014 at 22:06

Monday, Aug 04, 2014 at 22:06
Glad to see the visitors books put to some good use and findings recorded in yours. Thank you Phil.
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Follow Up By: Gaynor - Monday, Aug 04, 2014 at 23:54

Monday, Aug 04, 2014 at 23:54
Just come across an entry in the Visitors Book at Well 26 in 2003. I cant post images to this forum as not a Member. Phil, I will put links on my Facebook page so you can have a look. Great find. She has drawn details of her route with notations etc in the Visitors Book. Have a photo of that page! What a find!!
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Follow Up By: Phil B (WA) - Tuesday, Aug 05, 2014 at 06:15

Tuesday, Aug 05, 2014 at 06:15
A great find indeed Gaynor looking forward to seeing it.


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Follow Up By: ExplorOz Team - Michelle - Wednesday, Aug 06, 2014 at 11:27

Wednesday, Aug 06, 2014 at 11:27
Gaynor, I'm just re-reading my own blog from our July 2003 trip and see that on day 7 I've stated that we had already seen 29 vehicles. link to my CSR vehicle count
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Reply By: bluefella - Monday, Aug 04, 2014 at 12:55

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There is a bloke named Jon Muir who walked across Australia in 2001 with his Jack Russel terrier with no support and living off the desert. He's the only one I know of ?
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Follow Up By: get outmore - Monday, Aug 04, 2014 at 14:53

Monday, Aug 04, 2014 at 14:53
theres one other - the grand master , Robert Buguki (Sp?) in 99
but thats well and truly up for discussion (tongue firmly in cheek :)
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Follow Up By: Gone Bush (WA) - Monday, Aug 04, 2014 at 21:57

Monday, Aug 04, 2014 at 21:57
Bogucki's story was certainly an interesting one.

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Follow Up By: Gaynor - Monday, Aug 04, 2014 at 22:15

Monday, Aug 04, 2014 at 22:15
I remember reading up on this through google some years back.

Enjoyed the Thread Link story very much.

Cruising down to the bottom .... the tell tale pic of the kelpie Massie. Really good article Alan. Engagingly written with excellent photo illustrations.

Thanks Gone Bush for pointing the way.
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Follow Up By: Phil B (WA) - Monday, Aug 04, 2014 at 23:08

Monday, Aug 04, 2014 at 23:08
The Edgar Ranges are fantastic, so big, so much to see and explore; but a long way from the CSR of course.

I was fortunate enough to be on that trip with Alan and can assure you Bogucki was a very lucky man.

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Follow Up By: lizard - Tuesday, Aug 05, 2014 at 09:18

Tuesday, Aug 05, 2014 at 09:18
Yes , whilst this was happening , a young girl disappeared near Badgingarra - didn't get much media airplay !
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Follow Up By: get outmore - Wednesday, Aug 06, 2014 at 12:35

Wednesday, Aug 06, 2014 at 12:35
it certainly did Lizard
you must have not been watching the media
Hayley Dodd was all over it and has been periodically in the following 15 years most recently because the search of a farmhouse that way
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Follow Up By: lizard - Wednesday, Aug 06, 2014 at 19:59

Wednesday, Aug 06, 2014 at 19:59
I must have been watching the wrong media channel at the time , my memory (maybe somewhat blurred) was that the oxygen thief Bogucki was all over the media , it wasn't till some days later that Hayley Dodds disappearance seemed to escalate on the media ....
Anyway that is how I remember it.
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Reply By: ExplorOz Team - Michelle - Wednesday, Aug 06, 2014 at 11:05

Wednesday, Aug 06, 2014 at 11:05
We were on the CSR then. Our daughter was 2 yrs old (in her own swag and using a potty). Such great memories. We started from Wiluna and headed north. We encountered Ambrose Canning at Well 12 - who was a member of Ken Marchant's well restoration crew. I recall Well 6 and Durba Springs full of campers. We found ourselves following a convoy of 4-5 vehicles including a family with 2 young kids so rather than pass and stress about them on our tail, we tagged along with them and had a lovely time the whole way. Aside from our group, there were a few large convoys on the track at the time (tour groups of 9+) and other single/double travellers. The fuel dump was well stocked too. We visited Calvert Range and went out to Sunday Well etc and took our time exploring but I do not recall seeing or hearing about any walker with a dog sorry.

We published a journal on the site (which has since been converted to the blog format - the blog section didn't start until 2007 I think) so you can see the pics and read about our trip here. Maybe there's some clues there, not sure.
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Follow Up By: ExplorOz Team - Michelle - Wednesday, Aug 06, 2014 at 11:20

Wednesday, Aug 06, 2014 at 11:20
Apologies... I've just realised Ken's surname is Maidenment, not Marchant.
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Follow Up By: Gaynor - Wednesday, Aug 06, 2014 at 20:39

Wednesday, Aug 06, 2014 at 20:39
Thank you to the link for you travel blog Michelle. I enjoyed reading your blog and you say, no mention of Sarah there. Astounding the amount of people on the track that year.

It was particularly interesting to read your perspective as a couple travelling with a young child. A valuable experience for the child and family unit as a whole. I met many children of all ages over the years on the CSR, including a breast feeding baby, and they all loved it. The baby seemed happy enough. Its needs were simple.

The First Aid kit situation amongst so many travellers was a surprise. Perhaps there has been better education over the years and people are more prepared these days for a variety of emergencies, inadequate kits being a minority. On my CSR walk last year I even met a convoy carrying a defibrillator.

Thank you again for the link.
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Follow Up By: Gaynor - Wednesday, Aug 06, 2014 at 20:43

Wednesday, Aug 06, 2014 at 20:43
... again .. if only there was an edit button. On some forums they allow an edit function for the first hour after submitting, or until someone replies, then it locks.
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Follow Up By: ExplorOz Team - Michelle - Wednesday, Aug 06, 2014 at 21:24

Wednesday, Aug 06, 2014 at 21:24
Thanks Gaynor, I'm glad you found the blog interesting. Yes I've travelled with both out kids since babies into very remote areas for extended periods and breastfed both til about 12 mths which did make those early trips simple but also tiring.

I now have a doctor who understands the extreme remoteness of where we go and request "just in case" prescriptions for each of us and have them filled. Most are powdered that I activate with water if needed. Me especially with the penicillin allergy I cant take certain antibiotics.
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