4th of July

Submitted: Sunday, Jul 04, 2004 at 12:32
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On the 4th of July 1987, myself, my mate Judith and our friend Dave reached the Geographical Centre of the Simpson Desert where we erected an aluminium pole with plaque commemorating our trip. We drove there in 2 Suzuki Sierra 1300 JX's.

Excerpt from my website and article 'The Spinifex Trail'............
"After reading books by Madigan and Bonython and a recent article by Dennis Bartell, we decided to visit the Geographical Centre of the Simpson Desert and to do a north/south crossing. Now this centre, rightly or wrongly, has been suggested to be Latitude 25 degrees 22 minutes South and Longitude 137 degrees 5 minutes east, by Messrs Bonython and Bartell and for our purpose we chose that position."

Time flies......... Wouldn't mind going out there again but not in the G60! Would need a fuel tanker in tow lol
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Reply By: Mad Dog (Victoria) - Sunday, Jul 04, 2004 at 13:06

Sunday, Jul 04, 2004 at 13:06
Yeah I read it some time ago. Makes great reading Willem.
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Follow Up By: Big Kidz (Andrew & Jen) - Sunday, Jul 04, 2004 at 13:41

Sunday, Jul 04, 2004 at 13:41
Hey Ray - if you don't mind me saying so..... You are a real cutie!
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Follow Up By: Mad Dog (Victoria) - Sunday, Jul 04, 2004 at 14:11

Sunday, Jul 04, 2004 at 14:11
Yeah but wait till I grow up :)

That's my oldest daughter at 3.5 yrs old....nearly 5 now.

I must take another pic of her :)

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Follow Up By: Lone Wolf - Sunday, Jul 04, 2004 at 15:32

Sunday, Jul 04, 2004 at 15:32
Andrew & Jen. Clicked on the Rig ( cake ) Pic......... count the candles on the cake......

Is there actually a cake under that lot?

Okay...... I'm a runnin' now!

Leaping Wolf
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Follow Up By: Muddy 'doe (SA) - Sunday, Jul 04, 2004 at 15:40

Sunday, Jul 04, 2004 at 15:40
I'm with you Wolfie,

I thought they had lit a bonfire! Bring on the marshmellows.....

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Follow Up By: Big Kidz (Andrew & Jen) - Sunday, Jul 04, 2004 at 16:11

Sunday, Jul 04, 2004 at 16:11
Hey Lone Wolf and Muddy'Doe,

Hope you are not implying I am old with all those candles!!!LOL
My kids decorated it lovingly with 35 candles, and yes, it was a bit of a bonfire, managed to burn a couple of holes in the tablecloth!! But they had great fun trying to blow/spit them out.!!........the cake retained an extra layer of icing LOL Gotta love the kids.

Jen
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Follow Up By: Allan Mac (VIC) - Sunday, Jul 04, 2004 at 21:15

Sunday, Jul 04, 2004 at 21:15
Yeah, I posted a query about the candles the day of "THE" Birthday and was greated with deathly silence...reckon the cake might have been overcooked by the time the candles were blown/spat out. Just another thought too .... Reckon that the cake might have deflected attention away from the fact that somebody forgot the birthday and failed in the present situation ?? Just a thought
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Follow Up By: Big Kidz (Andrew & Jen) - Sunday, Jul 04, 2004 at 21:48

Sunday, Jul 04, 2004 at 21:48
Cmon Allan - she's nearly forgotten about that I reckon!

Andrew
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Follow Up By: Allan Mac (VIC) - Sunday, Jul 04, 2004 at 21:57

Sunday, Jul 04, 2004 at 21:57
Sorry mate.. could help myself..
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Reply By: Member Colin - NSW Bungendore - Monday, Jul 05, 2004 at 23:33

Monday, Jul 05, 2004 at 23:33
Memories !!
Willem
You may have read my post about our trip to the Calvert Ra/CSR about 2 weeks ago. We spent 6 days in at the Calverts - 4 Foresters and MY82 ?

On the way back we rediscovered a drum and plague my brother put beside the CSR to 'commemorate' being bogged there for 4 days.
It says 'Noah's camp - 4 subarus and a Hilux' - they had to drive the Hilux out to the west across country in a big arc and then attempt to extract the other cars from the south of the bog.
The drum is shown on the RAC map - but of course I have forgotten exactly where it is - Doh! - north of Well 10 I think?
We had a great trip - no dramas.
Colin
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Follow Up By: Willem - Tuesday, Jul 06, 2004 at 10:36

Tuesday, Jul 06, 2004 at 10:36
HI Colin,

Yes I read your report with interest. I am still hoping to get out there to the Western Deserts in September. Carrying enough and obtaining fuel is a problem with the G60 in the remote country. Am looking at some alternatives.
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