Back home again (unfortunately)

Submitted: Friday, Jul 23, 2004 at 17:23
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Well the latest adventure has ended after 4 weeks on the road. I have met many new people on the journey, as well as some I already knew. Thanks must go out to Ruth & Ian, Alan & Elaine, Alan & Lyn & Tegan & Callum for all the fun we had together. I must also say gooday to Vince who I met, as well as the couple I met in Orooroo.

The journey was magnificent, with many wonderful sights seen. I did not make it up Big Red this year, but I wasn't that fussed as I have done it previously. My poor vehicle is very sick, with many things needed to be done for it to be ready for the next adventure, so far the list includes:

1. Possible diaphragm damage in the gas converter
2. Possible valve issues
3. Something causing the points to screw up
4. A retaining bolt on the radiator missing
5. Battery cradle cracked and ready to give way
6. Another rubber gone on the shocker (won't buy pedders again)
7. Various other noises to be investigated

All in all the family had a great time and trip notes and photos should be on my website by the end of the weekend k text

Cheers
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Reply By: Member - Glenn(VIC) - Friday, Jul 23, 2004 at 17:24

Friday, Jul 23, 2004 at 17:24
Try again my site

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Follow Up By: Member - Brian (Gold Coast) - Saturday, Jul 24, 2004 at 08:03

Saturday, Jul 24, 2004 at 08:03
Glenn,
I just had a look through your site.... it looks great! Good trip reports as well!!! Well done!
Cheers
Brian
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Follow Up By: Member - Glenn(VIC) - Saturday, Jul 24, 2004 at 18:27

Saturday, Jul 24, 2004 at 18:27
Hi Brian, thankyou. I had a look at your site also and well done. I agree with your sentiments in relation to Frontpage. It is very easy for people to use and learn with. I haven't yet started to dable with html but I will soon. Keep up the good work.

Cheers
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Reply By: Member - Glenn(VIC) - Friday, Jul 23, 2004 at 17:34

Friday, Jul 23, 2004 at 17:34
After reading Lyn's post, I must apologise to the following members who I didn't mention in my original post (tired and ready for bed I guess):
John Wright and family in Ooodnadatta
Pesty & Glenda and Roachie & Annette in Clare

Thanks for the memories

Cheers
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Reply By: Allan Mac (VIC) - Friday, Jul 23, 2004 at 17:37

Friday, Jul 23, 2004 at 17:37
Welcome back too . Look forward to reading about your adventures. This is the first winter we have spent at home and I can bet it wont happen again!!!!
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Follow Up By: Member - Glenn(VIC) - Friday, Jul 23, 2004 at 18:45

Friday, Jul 23, 2004 at 18:45
Thanks Allan,

Yes it must be hard staying home during winter. Haven't had to do that for the last three years but it certainly is cold and wet now...brrrrrr.

Cheers
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Reply By: Bonz (Vic) - Friday, Jul 23, 2004 at 17:43

Friday, Jul 23, 2004 at 17:43
Welcome home Glenn, will be looking for good detailed info on your site soon, should be good to read.
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Follow Up By: Member - Glenn(VIC) - Friday, Jul 23, 2004 at 18:46

Friday, Jul 23, 2004 at 18:46
Thanks Bonz...hopefully Sunday evening....hopefully

Cheers
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Reply By: Member - Pesty (SA) - Friday, Jul 23, 2004 at 18:20

Friday, Jul 23, 2004 at 18:20
Welcome home Glenn and Michelle, see a Toyota makes it home even when a couple of small maintenance jobs are needed, even overloaded with beverage LOL
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Follow Up By: Member - Glenn(VIC) - Friday, Jul 23, 2004 at 18:48

Friday, Jul 23, 2004 at 18:48
Gooday Pesty,

Great to meet your wife and yourself...hopefully the Toyota will be ready for Robe over the cup day weekend. Thankfully the Griersons had room to transport our beverages home for us. Will have to catch up with them soon to collect our bottles...less freight of course.

Cheers
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Follow Up By: Al & Mrs Al (Vic) - Friday, Jul 23, 2004 at 19:57

Friday, Jul 23, 2004 at 19:57
I think we can waiver the freight.....hahhahha.....
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Follow Up By: Member - Glenn(VIC) - Friday, Jul 23, 2004 at 20:11

Friday, Jul 23, 2004 at 20:11
Thank goodness, with so much wine, freight charges could have been high...hahahahahaha
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Follow Up By: Al & Mrs Al (Vic) - Friday, Jul 23, 2004 at 20:17

Friday, Jul 23, 2004 at 20:17
well apart from an invitation to consume some of it.....may have to crack open some of that "monkies" port....ahahahhahhhaa
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Follow Up By: Member - Glenn(VIC) - Friday, Jul 23, 2004 at 20:25

Friday, Jul 23, 2004 at 20:25
hahahahahaha...leave the monkeys alone...hahahahaha
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Reply By: Baz (NSW) - Friday, Jul 23, 2004 at 18:45

Friday, Jul 23, 2004 at 18:45
Welcome back, car issue's are a pain aren't they at least you had a good time thats the main thing.

Baz.
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Follow Up By: Member - Glenn(VIC) - Friday, Jul 23, 2004 at 18:50

Friday, Jul 23, 2004 at 18:50
Hi Baz, thankyou.

Yes I am very thankful that the truck didn't give me any problems in the Simpson, except for a minor hole in a heater hose that didn't give me any worries and was replaced in Birdsville. I will however carry extra heater hoses from now on.

Cheers
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Reply By: Member - Bob - Friday, Jul 23, 2004 at 18:56

Friday, Jul 23, 2004 at 18:56
Glenn,
mate I checked the website and I am very impressed. I can't believe the detailed info you recorded. I haven't even got the motivation to start a basic website - let alone the rich vein of data you provide on yours. Did you know there is medication you can get? ;-) Looks like you had agreat trip.
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Follow Up By: Member - Glenn(VIC) - Friday, Jul 23, 2004 at 20:12

Friday, Jul 23, 2004 at 20:12
Thanks Bob, hopefully I can get the latest stuff up by Sunday night.

Cheers
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Reply By: Big Kidz (Andrew & Jen) - Friday, Jul 23, 2004 at 19:10

Friday, Jul 23, 2004 at 19:10
Hi Glenn
Glad to hear you are home. Pity about the mechanical things as they certainly take the shine off the trip. At least you are home and can sort though all the stuff.

Might catch up with you on the road sometime.

Andrew
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Follow Up By: Member - Roachie (SA) - Friday, Jul 23, 2004 at 20:08

Friday, Jul 23, 2004 at 20:08
Welcome home to the real world Glenn and Michelle......

I guess you'll be off to the local Nissan dealer to order a 4.2 Turbo Patrol tomorrow morning, eh? LOL Seriously, though, I'm glad you got it sorted and that the problems surfaced where they did and not in the middle of the "Simmo".....

Cya'all next time
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Follow Up By: Member - Glenn(VIC) - Friday, Jul 23, 2004 at 20:16

Friday, Jul 23, 2004 at 20:16
Hi Andrew, what do you mean by "might"....we will definately see you on the road again soon.

Sorry Roachie...I won't be rushing off to buy a Nissan just yet....too much life left in the Toyota...hahahahaha

Cheers
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Follow Up By: Big Kidz (Andrew & Jen) - Friday, Jul 23, 2004 at 20:27

Friday, Jul 23, 2004 at 20:27
Might was the wrong word! hahaha. We might make it to South Australia in November .....but we might not.

Would love to have been away over winter again - all these tales of travel - Andrew R who is still away, and you and Maaa and Wombat and Willie - is making me restless. Catch up sooooon!

And you Roachie.......your nuts must be getting squarer - took you longer that I thought it would to take your free kick!!

Andrew
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Reply By: Member - Jiarna (SA) - Friday, Jul 23, 2004 at 20:10

Friday, Jul 23, 2004 at 20:10
Good to hear you got home safely. Even better to hear that you are planning your next adventure. Don't let the mechanical gremlins get you down.

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Follow Up By: Member - Glenn(VIC) - Friday, Jul 23, 2004 at 20:17

Friday, Jul 23, 2004 at 20:17
Hi John,

Thanks, I won't...and you must be a bit more relaxed now that the boss is back to give you a hand.

Cheers
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Reply By: Des Lexic - Friday, Jul 23, 2004 at 23:14

Friday, Jul 23, 2004 at 23:14
Glad you made it home safe and sound, was great to catch up with you and James again and lovely to meet Michelle. I think you may have left one thing here as I'm now coming down with a cold.LOL
There's plenty of life left in the truck yet.
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Follow Up By: Member - Glenn(VIC) - Saturday, Jul 24, 2004 at 18:22

Saturday, Jul 24, 2004 at 18:22
Hi Al,

It was great to catch up with Elaine and yourself also. Thanks again for putting us up for the weekend. Sorry that all we left you with was a virus, I hope it doesn't last as long as mine. You are quite correct, a bit of cash and the 80 series will last a long time yet.

Cheers
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Reply By: Troopy Travellers (NSW) - Saturday, Jul 24, 2004 at 06:47

Saturday, Jul 24, 2004 at 06:47
Enjoyed the site Glenn thanks for sharing, Carolyn.
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Follow Up By: Member - Glenn(VIC) - Saturday, Jul 24, 2004 at 18:28

Saturday, Jul 24, 2004 at 18:28
Hi Carolyn, thankyou. I hope the Simpson stuff will be up by tomorrow evening. I will place a post when it is finished.

Cheers
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Reply By: Member - Ruth D (QLD) - Saturday, Jul 24, 2004 at 07:36

Saturday, Jul 24, 2004 at 07:36
Hello Glenn, Michelle and James - sorry to hear it's so cold down there - we got to 28 yesterday. Lovely sunrise this morning - fair bit of WA's cloud floating around. Glenn, why on earth did you tell everyone you didn't make it up Big Red - I wouldn't have told everyone (I'd have told a few maybe!!!) LOL.
Now everyone's home the words should start flying again on the 'puter. Sure missed Mrs Al's tapping fingers also. Will have a look at oyur site later - goota go workies now.
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Follow Up By: Member - Glenn(VIC) - Saturday, Jul 24, 2004 at 18:31

Saturday, Jul 24, 2004 at 18:31
Hi Ruth,

Thanks again for your magnificent hospitality. We really enjoyed Birdsville and with a bit of luck we will be back again soon with Al and Mrs Al as travelling partners ready for a double crossing of the Simpson.

In relation to Big Red, I am not concerned as the exciting part was crossing the Simpson and seeing it in its current glory, we were very lucky with the timing of the trip.

See you soon.

Cheers
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Reply By: Member - Ruth D (QLD) - Saturday, Jul 24, 2004 at 21:23

Saturday, Jul 24, 2004 at 21:23
Glenn, have some more EO Members here today (and for Roachie if you're lurking they have an Ultimate) - Peter and Jan McG. from Vic. they went to Eyre Creek for a drive today and looked at the flowers. Having a good time - Peter hasn't got an EO sticker so I gave him one of mine, he's was like a kid with a new toy. In return I received the MOST beautiful gift tonight (talk about 50% off!!! - better than Andrew's 50% off I can tell you). LOLLOL.
Temp reached 32 today with hot dry NW wind - blowing low level dust. Bit yukky - but the washing dried fast. Last week we didn't get above 15 for 5 days - now this. Ahhh, paradise one day, perfect the next.
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Follow Up By: Member - Glenn(VIC) - Sunday, Jul 25, 2004 at 00:59

Sunday, Jul 25, 2004 at 00:59
Howdy Ruth, maybe you should start an Exploroz Roll of Fame, that lists each Explorox member that visits you. I am sure that it would be rather long. I know Lyn and Al have met alot of members, but I think you would get the gold medal in this event.

32 sounds better than what we have here, it was difficult mowing the long wet grass this morning.
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Reply By: Member - JohnR (Vic) - Sunday, Jul 25, 2004 at 13:18

Sunday, Jul 25, 2004 at 13:18
Glenn,

Welcome home again to the cool mornings and days too of course. I have read your trip report and looked at the pictures. A lot there to bring back memories of our trip and to get me to phone our friends crossing the Simpson - or at least try to. Never being in mobile range I guess they won't get my messages.

Hopefully we will catch up across at Robe in October-November, not that there is a competition to meet with other members it is great to do so. It was great during our trip, and sure it would have been for you too.

Just turned to see the computer behind me is actually showing a slide show of the scenery and people of our trip - seems to be stuck on rather than shutting the screen down. Great piccies on the 17" screen........
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Follow Up By: Member - Glenn(VIC) - Sunday, Jul 25, 2004 at 17:31

Sunday, Jul 25, 2004 at 17:31
Thanks John, the sooner companies increase satellite coverage and reduce phone and call costs the better. When you look at the Nullabor and there is no coverage, you have to wonder why people are not demanding better service.

I am hoping to get to Robe, depends on work and whether the truck is ready.

When I get to work, my computer will also have my photos scrolling through on the 17" screen. I am sure it will make everyone there jealous.

By the way, thanks for your tips before I left. I took the hand winch just in case, but thankfully didn't need it.

Cheers
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