Via Anne Beadell, Connie Sue and GCR from Perth to Alice

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Viia Anne Beadell Hwy, Connie Sue Hwy and Great Central Rd from Perth to Alice, September 2014.

First night at Leonora started with a surprise for the German visitors - Skimpies at the local pub - welcome to the rough mining country. Next day via Laverton into the Anne Beadell highway. Surprisingly good road. The grader must have been just though it. Second night at Yeo Station, really nice and clean with good water and even a basic shower. Next morning we continue to Neal Junction. Still a good and wide road - nearly too good for a real Bush adventure.

At Neal Junction a left turn into the Connie Sue Highway. Finally a tough road. Partly corrugated party sandy and narrow. Adventure here we come!! The first tire blows - the visitors realize the flat too late - tire is gone, the rim is damaged. No worries the spare tire does the job! We stay overnight some 100ks north of Neal junction. Real bush camping with camp fire, bbq and a few beers.

Fourth day we continue the Connie Sue. Partly soft and sandy, partly horrible corrugations. We see camels and amazing wild flowers. Then the bad news: Another tire is loosing air. But only slowly. The compressor does the job and we continue checking the tire every 30min. We finally make it to the GCR and find help in Warburton. John the local mechanic is a soul of a man and we can continue 20h later with a repaired rim and 5 good tires.

The GCR is in quite good condition until the border to NT. In the Northern Territories the road is horribly corrugated and we are more then happy to arrival at Yulara back on Bitumen.
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Reply By: Member - Wildmax - Wednesday, Oct 15, 2014 at 20:04

Wednesday, Oct 15, 2014 at 20:04
Looks an interesting trip - on the agenda for next year.
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Reply By: Robin Miller - Friday, Oct 17, 2014 at 12:33

Friday, Oct 17, 2014 at 12:33
Hi Terra

Looks like great trip , couldn't quite follow it past Warburton.

Presume you went to Giles via GCR then Docker river and then Tjukururu rd to Ayers rock.
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Reply By: Sandman - Thursday, Oct 23, 2014 at 23:54

Thursday, Oct 23, 2014 at 23:54
Grader is on the GCR between Docker River and Yulara as I write this...Road is fantastic !!!

Road between Warakuna and Docker was quite good too...

We came down from Kintore down the Sandy Blight, now that was an interesting road..300KM of pounding !

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