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Submitted: Thursday, May 06, 2004 at 16:52
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I can confirn that I am home again and arrived here around lunch time today with no passenger. (Mr Des Lexik shall pay for his sins)

Logged up 2975km in a week and drove over trillions of corrugations, hundreds of dips and floodways, a hell of a lot of cattle grids and hit a few too many washouts and plowed through endless bulldust patches. Had the starter motor solonoid jam on, burnt part of the loom, the gearbox breather hose came loose and it was a two hour job to do a 5 second repair, the waterpump by-pass hose sprung a leak( the only one I did bot have a spare of) but with sikaflex and silicon it got me home, one puncture....gidgee stake, got 15/100 with a trong tail wind and 25/100 with ahead wind. dearest fuel was Innamincka at $1.19/l

Traveled the following places: Marree, Muloorina Station, Lake Eyre, Birdsville Track, Birdsville, Big Red, Betoota road, Haddon Corner, Innamincka, Bore Track, Cameron Corner, Sturt National Park, Fort Grey Camp ground, Middle Road Sturt NP, Tibooburra, Milparinka, White Cliffs, Mutawintji NP, Broken Hill..............

Walker Crossing is closed until further notice. Coongie Lakes track is open up to Kudriemitchi but no further until flood waters recede.

Happy to answer any questions you might have.

Cheers
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Reply By: cokeaddict - Thursday, May 06, 2004 at 17:07

Thursday, May 06, 2004 at 17:07
Welcome Home Willem,
Sorry to hear of the dramas you had.
Just glad you got back safe and sound as well as exhausted i suppose.
Still wish i could have followed you mate, dugger this "work for a living stuff".
I need to rob a bank i think.
Anyway mate ...glad you home safe.
Cheers Angelo
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Reply By: Des Lexic - Thursday, May 06, 2004 at 17:08

Thursday, May 06, 2004 at 17:08
Willie, it wasn't me. Mrs Al made me do it, or was it Andrew. Not sure now.
I'm just really glad your back home again in 1 piece
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Follow Up By: Mrs Diamond - Thursday, May 06, 2004 at 18:18

Thursday, May 06, 2004 at 18:18
your a suck mr lexic it was you and only you hahaha
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Follow Up By: Andrew & Jen (Melb) - Thursday, May 06, 2004 at 18:29

Thursday, May 06, 2004 at 18:29
Mrs Diamond you mind is so perceptive
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Follow Up By: Andrew & Jen (Melb) - Thursday, May 06, 2004 at 18:34

Thursday, May 06, 2004 at 18:34
and mine is so deslexic (insert r after you)
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Follow Up By: Member - Al & Mrs Al (Vic) - Thursday, May 06, 2004 at 19:26

Thursday, May 06, 2004 at 19:26
Mr Lexic..Willie knows I wouldn't stoop so low....
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Reply By: Member - Roachie (SA) - Thursday, May 06, 2004 at 17:24

Thursday, May 06, 2004 at 17:24
Willem,
Glad that you're back safe'n'sound...we've missed your candid comments.
Sorry that the red bus had a few problems, but I guess when I get that old I'll have bits falling off me and leaky things hanging out all over the place too. LOL.
Now you can re-commence the search for a suitable replacement for the ol' girl.
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Follow Up By: Willem - Thursday, May 06, 2004 at 17:48

Thursday, May 06, 2004 at 17:48
Roachie,

I wonder what will be left of your GU when it is 26 years old!!!!

Sometimes I do think about power steering, aircon and soft modular seats, and the smell of new plastic.......but then it is more fun living on the edge pitting your wits against the elements.

Cheers
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Reply By: Andrew & Jen (Melb) - Thursday, May 06, 2004 at 18:36

Thursday, May 06, 2004 at 18:36
So Willem - did you meet any nice people and how is Uncle going. Sounds like your old girl is keeping your mechanical skills A1
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Follow Up By: Willem - Thursday, May 06, 2004 at 19:59

Thursday, May 06, 2004 at 19:59
That is a leading and loaded question Andrew...................Uncle is back home but is a bit weak and taking things easy.

Will take a week to get the mud off the G60 and then I will have to start getting ready for our trip to the Flinders at the end of the month. Need shockies and this and that....................
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Reply By: Member -Bob & Lex (Sydney) - Thursday, May 06, 2004 at 18:44

Thursday, May 06, 2004 at 18:44
Whats the height of Big Red? Thought you & Ruth were going out to mesure it.
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Follow Up By: Willem - Thursday, May 06, 2004 at 19:55

Thursday, May 06, 2004 at 19:55
See my post above, Bob. I went out on my own as Ruth had to pky her trade relieving tourists of their money :-)

Regards
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Follow Up By: Andrew & Jen (Melb) - Thursday, May 06, 2004 at 22:12

Thursday, May 06, 2004 at 22:12
..... and she needs some lessons on that. Isn't she fantastic - bright and charming........or maybe that is only early in the season. Haven't heard of her in a while so maybe now is wearing out!!
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Reply By: Mad Dog (Victoria) - Thursday, May 06, 2004 at 19:35

Thursday, May 06, 2004 at 19:35
Nice to see you back safe and sound Willem, Just one question. Has the cold knocked the stuffing out of the flies yet.
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Follow Up By: Willem - Thursday, May 06, 2004 at 19:53

Thursday, May 06, 2004 at 19:53
No mate..the flies were particularly bad and one had to wait till after dark to cook ones tucker of an evening. Flies were bad in northern NSW as well. None here in Pboro!
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Follow Up By: Mad Dog (Victoria) - Thursday, May 06, 2004 at 22:34

Thursday, May 06, 2004 at 22:34
LOL...I learnt not to bother cooking till the sun went down very quickly. Even northern vic around big desert and Murray sunset over Easter they were pretty thick but it doesn't take too many of them to get on my nerves. Fort Grey at Easter last year there was so many I couldn't get a pic without at least one of them flashing a grin at the lens...mongrels. If there's one thing I hate about this country it's the damn flies.
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Follow Up By: Member - StevenL - Thursday, May 06, 2004 at 22:55

Thursday, May 06, 2004 at 22:55
What's wrong with a few extra proteins in your meal????

Cheers

Steven
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Follow Up By: Mad Dog (Victoria) - Thursday, May 06, 2004 at 23:37

Thursday, May 06, 2004 at 23:37
LOL..yeah but I don't like the black ones.bleepe hope I don't get accused of being racists..lol
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Reply By: Nudenut - Thursday, May 06, 2004 at 20:29

Thursday, May 06, 2004 at 20:29
they missed you willem!
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Reply By: Muddy Girl - Thursday, May 06, 2004 at 21:10

Thursday, May 06, 2004 at 21:10
Hi Willem,

Glad to hear you are both home safe

Travelling & Car repairs......who would be without them

Regards
Muddy Girl
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Reply By: Diesel 1 - Friday, May 07, 2004 at 08:56

Friday, May 07, 2004 at 08:56
G'day Willem,

I've got a question for you - nothing to do with your recent Birdsville run.

Back in '99 the local newspaper (NT News) released a 4 copy collectors edition to commemorate 100 years in the Territory. I've got a set of these that I would like to pass on to a 'good home' and I thought you may be interested, being an 'old Territorian' - please don't take offence at the old bit - you're only a few years up on me. I think you would find these papers good reading.

If you are interested, you can contact me at: jadix at ozemail dot com dot au.

Diesel 1
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