Little Desert

Submitted: Sunday, Mar 07, 2004 at 21:57
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Howdy all,
Got home a couple of hours ago and as you would expect, we had a great time with lots of laughs.
A few highlights:-
Maaaaaaaaaaaa wearing her straw hat and wrapped in a blanket. Have photo's to prove it.
How far can John drive a troopy with a flat front tyre. About 90 k's
How far can a Kia travel in sand without getting bogged. With a flying start, 1 body length.
Willem was amicable to EVERYBODY
Willem camped 2 nights in a caravan park.
Diamond having a big sleep-in due to self imposed illness.
Andrew being nice to everyone EXCEPT Jen. Wouldn't buy her an opal ring(miser)
and the best part was meeting up with a great bunch of people
Enjoyed your company heaps Guys, Gals and chidlens
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Reply By: The Banjo - Sunday, Mar 07, 2004 at 22:16

Sunday, Mar 07, 2004 at 22:16
Nice to hear Willem tried hard for everyone - where he comes from, nobody would expect 'amicablelness'.
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Follow Up By: Nudenut - Monday, Mar 08, 2004 at 07:36

Monday, Mar 08, 2004 at 07:36
mmmm now was it old age or thoughtfullness?
did he forget or did he recall that he had to leave his grumpy pills home!
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Follow Up By: Member - Andrew & Jen (Melb) - Monday, Mar 08, 2004 at 17:51

Monday, Mar 08, 2004 at 17:51
I reckon he was a bit too nice - now Jen has a crush on him - and is dreaming about being married to Toonfish. And she thinks Des Lexik is a sweetie too - should I feel insecure!!!!!!
Should have bought her that ring like Des Lexik said!
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Follow Up By: Member - Des Lexik(SA) - Monday, Mar 08, 2004 at 22:21

Monday, Mar 08, 2004 at 22:21
Andrew, The ring is still there. When we drove out, the shop was open and I got the silent treatment for half an hour because I drove past without stopping. It really looked nice on Jen. We have the shop address that I can send to you. LOL
You've made my day with Jen's comments.
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Follow Up By: Willem - Tuesday, Mar 09, 2004 at 16:55

Tuesday, Mar 09, 2004 at 16:55
What are you on about, Banjo????
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Follow Up By: The Banjo - Tuesday, Mar 09, 2004 at 17:20

Tuesday, Mar 09, 2004 at 17:20
Just stirrin' possum Willem....you have a reputation :-)
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Follow Up By: Member - Eskimo - Tuesday, Mar 09, 2004 at 19:17

Tuesday, Mar 09, 2004 at 19:17
sshhhh he's back in town
hehehe
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Reply By: Member - Ruth D (QLD) - Monday, Mar 08, 2004 at 09:22

Monday, Mar 08, 2004 at 09:22
Glad you are home and had a good time - it was lonely - no one to talk to - everyone had gone to LD!!!!
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Follow Up By: Member - Andrew & Jen (Melb) - Monday, Mar 08, 2004 at 16:34

Monday, Mar 08, 2004 at 16:34
You will be glad to know that your name did come up when Toony and I were having a chat. Talked about Ian's excellent fishing prowess and wonder what he uses for Bait!!
Andrew
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Follow Up By: Member - Ruth D (QLD) - Monday, Mar 08, 2004 at 17:45

Monday, Mar 08, 2004 at 17:45
I can imagine what that and other conversations were like! We are going to try for a big fish this afternoon - have to walk the last 50 metres to the causeway in the silt - but found a likely spot on our recce at lunchtime. (Oh yeah, prawns, Toonfish)
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Reply By: Member - Andrew & Jen (Melb) - Monday, Mar 08, 2004 at 17:19

Monday, Mar 08, 2004 at 17:19
I have a digitally enhanced photograph that I am willing to share with people. I might post some more later.....
Little Desert Weekend
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Follow Up By: Member - Ruth D (QLD) - Monday, Mar 08, 2004 at 17:46

Monday, Mar 08, 2004 at 17:46
Hahahahaha. was it cold?
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Follow Up By: Member - Al & Mrs Al (Vic) - Monday, Mar 08, 2004 at 18:27

Monday, Mar 08, 2004 at 18:27
ahhh yes it was cold that night Ruth...
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Follow Up By: Member - Andrew & Jen (Melb) - Monday, Mar 08, 2004 at 18:39

Monday, Mar 08, 2004 at 18:39
..... we are talking about the looks when the cameras came out aren't we? Ha ha ha
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Follow Up By: Member - Al & Mrs Al (Vic) - Monday, Mar 08, 2004 at 18:47

Monday, Mar 08, 2004 at 18:47
no there wasn't a cold look from me when I saw the straw hat and cameras...[a few Olde English words were muttered though :)) ]
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Follow Up By: Member - Andrew & Jen (Melb) - Monday, Mar 08, 2004 at 19:05

Monday, Mar 08, 2004 at 19:05
Surely you are not implying that the straw hat wasn't yours - it fits so beautifully it must have been made for you!
I agree about the cold looks - the spirit of the whole weekend was very warm.
Andrew

PS What is Olde English for Des Lexik?
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Follow Up By: Member - Des Lexik(SA) - Monday, Mar 08, 2004 at 22:26

Monday, Mar 08, 2004 at 22:26
Andrew you dobber. Mrs Al knows that you bought that hat.
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Follow Up By: Member - Al & Mrs Al (Vic) - Tuesday, Mar 09, 2004 at 07:24

Tuesday, Mar 09, 2004 at 07:24
Mrs Al is well aware that there was a fair amount of colusion going on.
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Follow Up By: Member - Andrew & Jen (Melb) - Tuesday, Mar 09, 2004 at 10:47

Tuesday, Mar 09, 2004 at 10:47
Mrs Al knows about the collusion!! She is obviously smarter than she looks.....
Hope everyone can see the photos by clicking on the link I put above.
Andrew
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Follow Up By: Member - Al & Mrs Al (Vic) - Tuesday, Mar 09, 2004 at 11:37

Tuesday, Mar 09, 2004 at 11:37
Andrew, I think I set you a challenge when I said you'd have to try very hard to get me upset....ahhahhahaha....
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Reply By: Mrs Diamond - Monday, Mar 08, 2004 at 17:51

Monday, Mar 08, 2004 at 17:51
From the clan here in bendigo,
we would just like to say thanx to all who went to LD and what a gr8 group of ppl you all were. and thx again glenn for putting the post up in the first place, that generated so much interest!
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Follow Up By: Member - Andrew & Jen (Melb) - Monday, Mar 08, 2004 at 18:46

Monday, Mar 08, 2004 at 18:46
Hi Mrs Diamond
I reckon that we might hear a bit more on this forum now from the likes of Mrs Lexik and Mrs Toonfish and Mr Al and Mrs Jen(?) and Mrs Peter SA etc. Good to have started it off!
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Follow Up By: Member - Des Lexik(SA) - Monday, Mar 08, 2004 at 22:28

Monday, Mar 08, 2004 at 22:28
mrs diamond, we will happily talk to you if grumpy doesn't want to come back on line.
New Member Mrs Diamond, I'd like to see that.
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Reply By: Member - Al & Mrs Al (Vic) - Monday, Mar 08, 2004 at 18:23

Monday, Mar 08, 2004 at 18:23
We're back safe and sound, it was a great weekend, cheers to everyone who was there, big thanks to Glenn who suggested it in the first place.

Des thanks very much for getting the wine, only 3 bottles made it home.

Lyn

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Reply By: GaryInOz (Vic) - Monday, Mar 08, 2004 at 18:41

Monday, Mar 08, 2004 at 18:41
......and how many tyres can the Kias' compressor pump up

8 X LC 315/75R16 tyres + 4 Kia tyres in the same time as some people took to get to the middle of their second tyre.

In fairness...the full story was the Kia had not aired down (36 PSI) and did not have the front hubs locked in (vacuum servo had not fully engaged due to turning off the bitumen). Once aired down I backed out and crossed the deep sand trap at the beginning of the track without further incident all day.

Previous day a "slowcoach" LC slowed down at the wrong time leaving me on the wrong side of the torque curve with no momentum and I sank into the sand requiring a 30' tow (all over in 2 minutes), other than that, uneventful.
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Follow Up By: John - Monday, Mar 08, 2004 at 22:25

Monday, Mar 08, 2004 at 22:25
Hey Gary
It is not a "KIA" compressor it was a Maxair if my memory serves.
Thats why it worked well, It was not made by Mazda, Detroit, Hayundi, Ford, Holden, Jeep, Hummer or any other manufacturer who had input into your poor old KIA. LOL.
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Follow Up By: Member - Toonfish - Tuesday, Mar 09, 2004 at 10:26

Tuesday, Mar 09, 2004 at 10:26
its all so confusing
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Reply By: Member Eric - Monday, Mar 08, 2004 at 19:05

Monday, Mar 08, 2004 at 19:05
Hi guys , Got home safe , with the Member Nick family , had a ball . Great bunch of people to be away with , hanging out for the next trip.
Willem , what can I say , he is a gently giant , a great caracter and intreging, his Patrol is a beast with alot of home made gadgets .

Well we all have met the Al's ,Glad to see Al's heart rate come down after realising, it was only sand on his discs making that horrid noise on the new Cruiser lol .

Jim ( Diamond ) wants to break my camera lol , if your nice mate I wont post the picks lol .

Nick , you have been photographed also with mechanical problems lol But on a serious note , glad to see you can on the tracks , great effort , keep it up .

All the rest were a awsom bunch , I wont try to mention everyone , but I thank you all for a great weekend , last nights open air movie night was a blast .

And last but not least , Glenn , your a top bloke and a crack up . The emu futage is the funiest I have ever seen on a track ., still laughing about it .

If its ok with everyone , I will post all the pic's from the weekend for everyone to view . If someone dosnt want there rig pic up , let me knoe by meesage by tomorrow .
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Follow Up By: Member Eric - Monday, Mar 08, 2004 at 19:45

Monday, Mar 08, 2004 at 19:45
you have mail
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Follow Up By: Member - Al & Mrs Al (Vic) - Monday, Mar 08, 2004 at 19:59

Monday, Mar 08, 2004 at 19:59
R U sending mail to yourself now Eric?
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Follow Up By: Member - Glenn(VIC) - Monday, Mar 08, 2004 at 20:25

Monday, Mar 08, 2004 at 20:25
Who has mail? You have mail?
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Reply By: Member - Glenn(VIC) - Monday, Mar 08, 2004 at 19:28

Monday, Mar 08, 2004 at 19:28
Hello all,

Made it home safely. James and I had an absolute ball over the weekend. What an amazing group of people. Three days....so many people and everyone got along...even the 17 children.

If anyone has any photos I can put on my website, please email to admin@4wdadventureoz.com.

Thanks again to everyone and I am glad it was a successful, happy, safe and laughter filled weekend.

Cheers

Glenn

PS: Thanks Mrs Al for organising the accommodation....it was a great set up having everyone in the same place.
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Reply By: Member - Ruth D (QLD) - Monday, Mar 08, 2004 at 20:11

Monday, Mar 08, 2004 at 20:11
I still cannot believe that Willem camped in a caravan park!! Hehehehe. Sounds like you had lots of fun - and can't wait for the pictures.
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Follow Up By: Willem - Tuesday, Mar 09, 2004 at 16:59

Tuesday, Mar 09, 2004 at 16:59
I will be in Birdsville late April/early May. Would you like me to camp in the scrub outside the town :-)))
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Follow Up By: Member - Ruth D (QLD) - Tuesday, Mar 09, 2004 at 17:03

Tuesday, Mar 09, 2004 at 17:03
If you did that I would never speak with your again. As if. anyway, it would be too much for you - you would have to come into town to find out what was going on!
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Follow Up By: Willem - Tuesday, Mar 09, 2004 at 17:46

Tuesday, Mar 09, 2004 at 17:46
All right....I promise to come to your CP !!
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Follow Up By: Member - Ruth D (QLD) - Tuesday, Mar 09, 2004 at 20:15

Tuesday, Mar 09, 2004 at 20:15
I knew you'd come Willem - just knew you wouldn't want to miss out. Should be a couple of other interesting fossils here about the same time - one of them is 81 and been coming in and out of the SD for 35 years. Got a Toyota and a camp trailer made out of an old Landie - has heaps of homemade things on it - he's busy getting ready to come out now and has been making a de-bogger! He usually stays for a couple of months, then wanders off up north - always here for Anzac Day and leads the parade (he's ex-POW in Germany) and a great teller of campfire tales - plays a mean mouthorgan after 200 ales, red, rum & Bonox (yuk). In fact, Sully should be here when a few of you turn up. There should be some good campfires this year.
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Reply By: Member - Fay D Away (Vic) - Monday, Mar 08, 2004 at 20:21

Monday, Mar 08, 2004 at 20:21
Hi EVERYONE, a huge thanks for making our very first meeting with you all such a blast. We felt very welcome and really enjoyed all the banter around the "camp fire" in the evenings.
Wow, the 4X4 driving was fantastic and we thank Glen for the fabulous leadership.
Now when's the next trip....??
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Reply By: Member - Al & Mrs Al (Vic) - Monday, Mar 08, 2004 at 20:35

Monday, Mar 08, 2004 at 20:35
i got a phone call from Willie at around 6.30 tonight, he was checking that I/we had made it home safe, he and Milton are camping on the Murray between Morgan and Waikerie and he had just been in for a swim...he said he had a great weekend, he'll be home tomorrow and I"m sure we'll hear from him

Lyn
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Reply By: ExplorOz Team - David - Monday, Mar 08, 2004 at 22:05

Monday, Mar 08, 2004 at 22:05
Welcome back you luck buggers - Just caught up with the thread. I think I can make a special page of the Vic EO Gathering in the LD. If one of you girls/girls can put the pics together (seems to be being done) and a story of the weekends activites I would be happy to put a page up somewhere on the system. Maybe under Members Gatherings on the Members menu. If you wish to publish this information then just tell me and I will make provision for the information one the system.
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Follow Up By: Member - Andrew & Jen (Melb) - Tuesday, Mar 09, 2004 at 11:17

Tuesday, Mar 09, 2004 at 11:17
Looks like you have narrowed things down - a job for one of the "girls/girls" - maybe our Maaaaaaaaaaaaa can do it. She had nibblies for us, we all sat around her van......just like a good Maaaa.
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Follow Up By: ExplorOz Team - David - Tuesday, Mar 09, 2004 at 11:39

Tuesday, Mar 09, 2004 at 11:39
Oops Girls/Guys - Sorry. I must have too many girls on my mind (Michelle, Leah and Juliana of course) I am surrounded by them.
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Follow Up By: Member - Glenn(VIC) - Tuesday, Mar 09, 2004 at 17:12

Tuesday, Mar 09, 2004 at 17:12
Hi David,

Commentary and photos should be on my site by the end of the week....will post when completed.
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Reply By: Member - JohnR (Vic) - Monday, Mar 08, 2004 at 22:12

Monday, Mar 08, 2004 at 22:12
Folks, would loved to have gone there to meet you all, but am across on the Eyre Peninsular and to the Gawler Range, travelling back through the Yorke Pen on the way home. Glad of the frivolity and fun - Willem too......
Cheers,
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Reply By: John - Monday, Mar 08, 2004 at 22:12

Monday, Mar 08, 2004 at 22:12
Hi All
The kids and I made it home "OK" also.

Jeez some of you where quick of the mark looking at the post times, you must have got straight out of the car and onto the computer to post.

Gee Wiz Gary you have always got some excuse up your sleeve to explain the demise of the KIA. LOL.
We are still arguing about which manufacturer of which part of you car is to blame. By the way thanks mate for helping to change my flat.

Des I also did not drive 90K's on my flat it was may be 1 or 2 but you must remember my daughter is convinced that the Bee that was in tha car before the tyre went flat did the damage to the tyre and not her dad.

Andrew I would not buy your wife a opal ring either, shes got a 100 series why would she need a ring.

It was nice to meet a few face's to match the names and thanks to all for the birthday card, It was much appreciated.

To Willem I could not believe you stayed in a caravan park, You must be getting soft, Also the discussion on upgrading to a new 4by with a few more modern gadgets to make life more comforatable also convinced me. LOL.

Thanks to Glenn for suggesting the trip and to Lyn for the general organising.

Thanks to Peter for leading us on the run down Border Track, great day mate.

I look forward to the next time.

Regards

John

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Follow Up By: Willem - Tuesday, Mar 09, 2004 at 17:06

Tuesday, Mar 09, 2004 at 17:06
I have plenty of softness around me, John. Yeah..well...maybe I am getting soft but I did bush camp for 5 nights on this trip. Dunno about the newer 4by though. Don't think a Troopie like yours could hack my sort of camping ...lol

Was good to meet you and have a chat about all sorts of things. Couldn't believe the look on your face when you explained that you had been driving on a flat tyre for that long distance and it dared to shred!!!...hahaha

Cheers,
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Reply By: Willem - Tuesday, Mar 09, 2004 at 16:54

Tuesday, Mar 09, 2004 at 16:54
'Lo Eldee-ers

I wrote a long response but must have hit the wrong button and it vapourised.

Thanks to Glenn for organising the weekend and for loading his map on to my computer. Thanks to Des Lexik for lending me his map for the Big Desert run.

Reading through some of the postshere are some answers:

YES...I was nice to everyone..I always am
YES...I did camp 2 nights in the Caravan Park and 5 nights out in the bush
YES...I will continue to be nice to all fourmites except to those who post crap!!

We had a good run back through Big Desert. Camped at Bi Billy Bore and worked on the truck. A mob of inebriated locals came by and shared some of their beer with us. On Monday we drove along the Catus Bore and some other tracks back to the Border Track and then continued on with the Border Track right up to the Murray River. We camped at Hogwash Bend last night and enjoyed a swim, some good campfire tucker and Muscat. Then it rained. This morning Rosie would not start and a process of elimination found the points to be burnt beyond recognition. New point and we on our way.

Things of interest...25/100 in the dune country and 18/100 on the black top
We broke shocky rubber inserts, the whip aerial spring, the left hand side mirror and the Inverter cooked itself. Had 5 goes at the highest dune on the BT but gave up and went bush for an easier exit.

Next trip Corner Country and Coongie Lakes at end April.

Cheers,
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Follow Up By: Member Eric - Tuesday, Mar 09, 2004 at 18:41

Tuesday, Mar 09, 2004 at 18:41
enjoys our little chat Willem , they can all say what they want , i know your a top bloke lol
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Follow Up By: Mad Dog Morgan (Geelong) - Tuesday, Mar 09, 2004 at 19:50

Tuesday, Mar 09, 2004 at 19:50
Willem, what's the Border Track like north of Pinaroo up to the Murray, anything difficult about it ? Is there a story to tell about your inverter ?
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Follow Up By: Willem - Tuesday, Mar 09, 2004 at 20:27

Tuesday, Mar 09, 2004 at 20:27
Ray,

The Border Track to the north is an easy run, mostly 2wd.

We were driving along in LD using Moving Map annd the inverter just started smoking. I have pulled the front cover off and one of the diodes has altered its shape. I cannot remember when I bought it from Jaycar. It is a Powertech 150W Pure Sinewave inverter.I think it may have got too hot as there is not any insulation in the firewall of my old truck. The inverter was positioned in the open glovebox( I had removed the frame and lid ). I have now seen a Kerio 12volt cig lighter power connection work and may go down that road instead.

Cheers,
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Follow Up By: Willem - Tuesday, Mar 09, 2004 at 20:34

Tuesday, Mar 09, 2004 at 20:34
Ray,

I misread your post. The easy Border Track run is north of the Sturt Highway. From Pinnaroo it is OK with some dunes but mostly 4wd third gear High Range. Finding the track in places is quite a challenge at times. One minute you are driving in Victoria, the next in SA and then again in No Mans Land or on someones property.

Cheers,
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Follow Up By: Mad Dog Morgan (Geelong) - Tuesday, Mar 09, 2004 at 20:36

Tuesday, Mar 09, 2004 at 20:36
Thanks Willem, I'm planning on doing that section sometime. I can vouch for the Kerio they are very good but I wouldn't pay the advertised price. If you visit DSE in person you can knock em down a fair bit. I've also got a 150 watts pure sinewave inverter that's driven my lappy for many hours on the road without going belly up. Glad you enjoyed your trip and sorry I couldn't make it.
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Reply By: Member - Peter [SA] - Tuesday, Mar 09, 2004 at 18:36

Tuesday, Mar 09, 2004 at 18:36
Hi All,
Myself and Mrs Peter enjoyed the weekend very much and enjoyed the company of everyone. Some good yarns and a few handy hints picked up looking at other peoples rigs.Well done to everyone involved.

Cheers Peter & Mrs Peter [Lez]
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Follow Up By: Member - Andrew & Jen (Melb) - Tuesday, Mar 09, 2004 at 23:46

Tuesday, Mar 09, 2004 at 23:46
Was great to meet you guys - have a look at my pics at Yahoo. Thanks for the Border track stuff - was fantastic
Andrew
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