Walkabout Article - first Simpson Desert crossing by tourists

Submitted: Sunday, Jan 18, 2015 at 17:55
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Hi,
Here's an article from 1971, by Vince Serventy, describing the first crossing of the Simpson by tourists.



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Reply By: Les PK Ranger - Sunday, Jan 18, 2015 at 19:01

Sunday, Jan 18, 2015 at 19:01
Great read, thanks for posting . . . will be sure to hand my hat on Poeppels 'peg' next time I'm crossing.
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Follow Up By: equinox - Sunday, Jan 18, 2015 at 20:43

Sunday, Jan 18, 2015 at 20:43
Hi Les,
I found the poem on the web:

They'll Tell You About Me


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Follow Up By: Les PK Ranger - Sunday, Jan 18, 2015 at 22:18

Sunday, Jan 18, 2015 at 22:18
Cheers Alan, a good poem and what a subject, the great Aussie yarn :)
I found some other interesting poems by Mudie and others just looking around before.
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Reply By: TomH - Sunday, Jan 18, 2015 at 19:09

Sunday, Jan 18, 2015 at 19:09
No trying to hijack thread but here is one who did it the hard way



http://www.desertwalker.com.au/
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Follow Up By: Les PK Ranger - Sunday, Jan 18, 2015 at 19:24

Sunday, Jan 18, 2015 at 19:24
Some impressive feats listed there, pity he doesn't tell much of his adventures on the website, rather than just leaving that for the book sales.

I can certainly sympathise with his adventurous nature, having done a lot of bushwalking in remote places.
Not the longest walk our little group has undertaken, but from the Flinders to Cameron Corner was an epic I'll not forget anytime this life.
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Reply By: Mick O - Sunday, Jan 18, 2015 at 20:47

Sunday, Jan 18, 2015 at 20:47
What a great article Al. In my naivety, my mate Bill and I tried to cross the Simpson in 1984 using the first of the Datsun 720 Kingcab 4x4 utes to be released in Oz. Strewth were we naive! I'd cut up 1" weldmesh into 8' x 18" lengths to use as a sand tracks (An early model Maxtrax lol). We were so heavy in a vehicle powered by a Nissan L18 motor (1800 cc's of pure power...not) that we were always doomed to failure. It set the fire in the belly though and that same year we were out on the Gunbarrel and at Wiluna, looking at the Canning and thinking "Jeez who'd ever want to go up that lonely road!"




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Follow Up By: equinox - Sunday, Jan 18, 2015 at 21:26

Sunday, Jan 18, 2015 at 21:26
Well Mick, I guess we all had to start somewhere, and were all naive at some stage.

Similar to you with the Canning, I looked from Everard Junction up the Gary Hwy in 1997 and wondered.....

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Follow Up By: Frank P (NSW) - Sunday, Jan 18, 2015 at 21:58

Sunday, Jan 18, 2015 at 21:58
Stop it, you two!!

You're giving me wanderlust.
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Reply By: Michael H9 - Sunday, Jan 18, 2015 at 21:22

Sunday, Jan 18, 2015 at 21:22
They were in a couple of Land Rovers...shouldn't we be out there looking for them?

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Reply By: Bob Y. - Qld - Sunday, Jan 18, 2015 at 21:40

Sunday, Jan 18, 2015 at 21:40
Thanks Alan,

I like his comments in the closing paragraph.........how right he was, over 40 years ago.

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Follow Up By: equinox - Sunday, Jan 18, 2015 at 21:53

Sunday, Jan 18, 2015 at 21:53
That's for sure Bob,
Thousands of people would have seemed so far off....good insight!!


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Reply By: Member - mark D18 - Monday, Jan 19, 2015 at 17:19

Monday, Jan 19, 2015 at 17:19
Eguinox

Thanks
What a interesting piece

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