Drove the Ernest Giles Road today / and Patience Well

Submitted: Saturday, Feb 12, 2005 at 17:16
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Yesterday on my way to Alice I decided to take the shortcut through Ernest Giles Road. I was in a 4 cylinder toyota front wheel drive van so I went against the advice of all the signs. It didnt matter, the road was OK. Only passed one vehicle, a Lancruiser Trayback. Saw two sets of camels - They look a lot different from the camels you see in Western Australia. After stopping overnight in Alice went back to the canyon today. Again I drove the Ernest Giles. I didn't stop to look at the craters.

I stopped at Ayres Lookout Road turnoff for a break. Had a nip of bourban and started to read February's Overlander magazine to read about the recent Patience Well expedition which I had purchased in Alice.
All I can say, seeing that I have more knowledge about the well than most, is that you shouldn't believe everything you read. As they say-"Don't let the truth get in the way of a good story". Very disappointing write up - Mr Glover didn't even mention any co-ordinates - very sus!!!! The well isn't even near any outcrops or caves as he implies.

I wouldn't attempt the Ayres Lookout Road in the vehicle I was driving - That is a 4WD track for sure.

Crossed the Palmer river - its very dry. It would be awsome to see wet. No camels were seen on the way home. Only one vehicle was passed on the way back - also a Landcruiser Trayback.

Cheers to all
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Reply By: Bob of KAOS - Saturday, Feb 12, 2005 at 17:51

Saturday, Feb 12, 2005 at 17:51
I'd be interested to hear what you know about the patience well at some stage.
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Follow Up By: equinox-Kings Canyon - Saturday, Feb 12, 2005 at 23:47

Saturday, Feb 12, 2005 at 23:47

I have some details about the well on page 3 of chapter 5 of my website covering a trip I did following Carnegie. The link to that page is HERE

If you need any other details eg. co-ords of search areas I have covered etc. or just general info please contact me on my email - equinox@aijv.com.au

Also, if you or anyone has additional info I would love to hear it!!


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Reply By: Member - sparra - Sunday, Feb 13, 2005 at 07:46

Sunday, Feb 13, 2005 at 07:46
g,day equinox,exactly what i thought too.looks like they were at those outcrops about 5klm in from gary highway.i had a bit of a look for the well last year in july.i enjoyed your story of your carnegie trip. cheers sparra.
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Reply By: Member - Peter D M - Sunday, Feb 13, 2005 at 07:54

Sunday, Feb 13, 2005 at 07:54
g'day equinox,

had a look at your site. what a great adventure your trip was. have read a bit about carnegie years ago but only general info. have bookmarked your site and will "explore" it later.

thanks for the link

regards peter
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