Thanks to a few ExplorOz members

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Just wanted to thanks a few members here, as most of an approx 13,000km trip is done.

Firstly, member Bob Young, who I had the pleasure of sharing another trip with this past 5-1/2 weeks or so, and who put me up for the night in his home allowing me to shower, sleep well, and get an early start to Brisbane.

Secondly, member Joe Fury (and his wife), who we met up with in his hometown of Newman.
Joe knows the Pilbara like very few, and was more than happy to share this with us.
Firstly, he opened his yard up for our use, to change oils / oil filters, and for another to change pinion bushes, getting in and assisting too.
Even escorted us on our way to Karijini to show us a special Aboriginal rock art site.
Then we meet up at Carawine Gorge some week later and camped with us, again telling us about the locality and other such.

Thirdly, met up with Mick O and Phil Bianchi at Desert Queen Baths, a pleasure meeting you fellas and enjoyed watching you darting about on the quads to go exploring.

WA is one place I'll be heading back to for more travels.
It is vast, a little bit overwhelming in fact, but biting of some chunks bit by bit is the way to go.
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Reply By: Kilcowera Station Stay - Monday, Jul 09, 2018 at 07:05

Monday, Jul 09, 2018 at 07:05
Lucky you, to have great people to show you the special spots and to go camping out with! WA is a fabulous part of Australia. As a Queenslander, I am pretty proud of my state and didn't think it got much better. Until I went to western Australia! Since been back there many times and love it! Toni
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Reply By: Joe Fury - Monday, Jul 09, 2018 at 14:15

Monday, Jul 09, 2018 at 14:15
G'day Les

Thanks for the kind words, it was a pleasure meeting you, Bob, Joe, Dennis and Trevor, I am glad to have been able shown you and the crew just a little of what in truth is a huge part of where I call home.

We took two full days to do the return journey from Carawine to Newman, spent a great deal of time exploring an ancient Stromatolite field and had a wander into Coppins Gap/Gorge ~ both places are exceptional, just a real shame they not seen as being important enough to preserve for future 'adventurers'

Looking forward to seeing your fully edited 'Eagle eye' view of Carawine Gorge

Safe Travels : Joe Fury
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Follow Up By: Les - PK Ranger - Monday, Jul 09, 2018 at 18:55

Monday, Jul 09, 2018 at 18:55
Hi Joe.
I got pretty much all videos uploaded onto YouTube the other night.
3 Carawine vids are there, just click on view all uploads to find them.

YouTube link

Thanks again, hope to catch up again sometime when you’re in SA or even better when I can get another 4 or 5 weeks away and come back to WA.
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Reply By: Mick O - Monday, Jul 16, 2018 at 23:05

Monday, Jul 16, 2018 at 23:05
Good to meet you and the crew Les. Trust you achieved that goal at the Mount. We had a ball in Rudall and made a few new finds as well as farewelling our mate. A great time out around the back blocks of the Hamersley and then the coast. Hann and ABH beckoning.

Cheers. Mick
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Follow Up By: Les - PK Ranger - Wednesday, Jul 18, 2018 at 14:17

Wednesday, Jul 18, 2018 at 14:17
Yes Mick, got to climb Mt Meharry and Mt Bruce along the way, both were awesome, if not a bit windy up on both, especially Mt Bruce . . . could barely stand your ground on top.

Only just got home about 1-1/2 hours ago, topped out at 13, 708km.
Managed 13.80lt / 100km (or 7.245km / lt) overall fuel used (1892lt), and the avg fuel price of fuel $1.70 / lt !!

So the old adage of allowing $2 a litre is a pretty good (and safe) allowance.

Safe travels.
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