Can't Sleep!!

Submitted: Tuesday, May 17, 2005 at 17:07
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You beauty. Two more sleepless nights to go. NSW to Kunnunnura via the plenty and hopefully Gregory NP (seems to be still closed) by myself. Pick up the better half and son in Kun. Three weeks in the Kimberly. Finally will get to Mitchell Falls and Kalumburu (roads washed out in 2000). Few days at Cape Leveque and Broome. Put the family back on the big bird and cruise back via the Kidson, Gary and Anne Beadell highways.
Keep an eye out for the big white dual cab patrol. I'll be the one with the stupid grin behind the wheel! Even if wife is nagging and son is screaming! Ahh Bliss!
See you out there. Tim.
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Reply By: Wayne (NSW) - Tuesday, May 17, 2005 at 17:27

Tuesday, May 17, 2005 at 17:27
Tim,

You are going to a great part of Australia, enjoy. The road to Mitchell Falls has not improved at all in fact it has got worse the last time I was there, August last year. Kalumburu has also changed. The bakery has closed and the Priest at the Church has left, also the fee to enter the town has gone to $35. This is correct as of August last year.

Cape Leveque is great, look out for the whales in the morning and afternoon to the west, about 5klm off shore.

It is hard to pick the driver with the big grin because they all have one, but a dual cab Patrol will be easy to spot.

Have a good and safe trip.

Wayne
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Follow Up By: Member - Timothy N (NSW) - Wednesday, May 18, 2005 at 09:18

Wednesday, May 18, 2005 at 09:18
Thanks Wayne. There seems to be a lot of mixed reports-emotions about Kalumburu. The way I see it you never really know until you check it out yourself. We're so close we might as well check it out. If we don't like it we can always go somewhere else! Now where are those notes on Drysdale River NP!!! Cheers. Tim
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Reply By: Vince NSW - Tuesday, May 17, 2005 at 17:38

Tuesday, May 17, 2005 at 17:38
Lucky Bastard.
How green am i feeling. Stuck in Sydney with no hope of a trip until next year. Oh well !!!
Enjoy
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Follow Up By: Member - Timothy N (NSW) - Wednesday, May 18, 2005 at 09:20

Wednesday, May 18, 2005 at 09:20
Thanks Vince. I feel for you mate. Tim.
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Reply By: Footloose - Tuesday, May 17, 2005 at 18:01

Tuesday, May 17, 2005 at 18:01
Are you travelling the Kidson..Wapet Rd by yourself ?
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Follow Up By: Member - Timothy N (NSW) - Wednesday, May 18, 2005 at 09:05

Wednesday, May 18, 2005 at 09:05
Sorry a bit slow Footloose. Been doing some more packing. Yes, I do most of my exploring by myself. Did the Canning solo a few years ago. I love the solitude, do a lot of reading, fire and star gazing. Things I never seem to get time to do at home.
One day the odds may catch up with me and I'll have to use the EPIRB or satphone to call out the cavalry. I travel as light as I can to reduce vehicle stress, but don't skimp on tools, welding gear etc. Take my time,travel to the conditions and touch wood, I've never had any problems. Murphy will get me one day though, and it will be expensive, but I do my best to avoid him.
Have also been 3/4 down the Wapet in 2000, but someone put a BIG lake on the road and I had to go all the way back out again! Took the long way around and went home via the Gunbarrel.
See you in the scrub. Tim.
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Follow Up By: Footloose - Wednesday, May 18, 2005 at 09:18

Wednesday, May 18, 2005 at 09:18
Tim, I've done a lot of travelling by myself also. Planning of doing the Gary and Kidson early June. Lots of epirb and radio and water carried. But I was worrying if my proposed route was a bit silly for one person one vehicle. I feel better now :)) Have a great trip.
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Reply By: Member- Rox (WA) - Tuesday, May 17, 2005 at 21:22

Tuesday, May 17, 2005 at 21:22
You'd better get some sleep with all that driving, have fun & post us when you return.
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Follow Up By: Member - Timothy N (NSW) - Wednesday, May 18, 2005 at 09:24

Wednesday, May 18, 2005 at 09:24
Thanks Rox. Yes its funny the reaction you get from some people when you tell them that you're driving right across oz for a holiday! I get some very funny looks. Cheers. Tim.
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Reply By: Bob of KAOS - Tuesday, May 17, 2005 at 21:35

Tuesday, May 17, 2005 at 21:35
Tim
What a great trip. I looked longingly down the Gary Hwy from Gary junction last year and thought I'd love to do that one day. Can't wait to hear about it when you get back. Pretty gutsy play doing it on your own.
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Follow Up By: Member - Timothy N (NSW) - Wednesday, May 18, 2005 at 09:12

Wednesday, May 18, 2005 at 09:12
G'day Bob. I actually haven't made up my mind wether to go down the Gary or the Eagle (David Carnegie Rd). A recent 4wd mag article made the eagle sound reasonably easy. I'd also like to have a look around the Warrie site. One day I'd like to do a trip across to there from the Calvert Range via Constance Headland. This way I would have seen both ends and would know what to expect in the future. Tim.
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Follow Up By: Bob of KAOS - Wednesday, May 18, 2005 at 17:41

Wednesday, May 18, 2005 at 17:41
Tim

http://bushtravel.bigpondhosting.com/album_0.htm

there's a photo here of the top end of the Gary. It is the two barely visible wheel tracks on the horizon in the middle of the pic labelled Gary Junction

I hope you've got a digital camera :-)
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