All Roads Open from Birdsville

Submitted: Wednesday, Jun 22, 2005 at 17:15
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The Birdsville track, Windorah Rd (via Betoota), the Bedourie/Boulia Rd and the Simpson are all open. With the clear sunny weather and a good breeze things are cool but the roads have dried out quickly. Few muddles of mud still about but the roads aren't slippery. Had some people come in from Walkers Crossing and although it was difficult, that should be clear soon as well.

Things have greened up fast, the flowers won't be far off.

Safe travels.

Karsten
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Reply By: Willb - Wednesday, Jun 22, 2005 at 17:44

Wednesday, Jun 22, 2005 at 17:44
Thanks for keeping us updated on conditions Karsten, (and Ruth) having lived in Brewarrina for some time and worked as a jackaroo out near Weilmoringle for a short time I know how spectactular the country can change after a bit of rain.
For those that have only seen the country out there in drought don't miss this opportunity to see it in all its glory.
We will be there in early July weather permitting, and hope to enjoy a flat white (with skim milk of course) at the Cafe.
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Follow Up By: banjobush - Wednesday, Jun 22, 2005 at 18:39

Wednesday, Jun 22, 2005 at 18:39
Hi Willb, what's the name of the place you worked on at Weil????
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Follow Up By: Willb - Wednesday, Jun 22, 2005 at 23:15

Wednesday, Jun 22, 2005 at 23:15
Hi banjobush I worked for a short time on "Glenora" owned by Ernie White.
Do you know the area?
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Follow Up By: banjobush - Thursday, Jun 23, 2005 at 18:31

Thursday, Jun 23, 2005 at 18:31
Willb, Aunt and Unlce used to own Byra neext door to Brenda. Now parents own Merrinong!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Reply By: Member - Crazie (VIC) - Wednesday, Jun 22, 2005 at 19:25

Wednesday, Jun 22, 2005 at 19:25
Hi Karsten

Thanks for the updates, we leave on friday and cant wait..
We really appreciate the updates

thank you

Crazie
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Follow Up By: Viking66 - Wednesday, Jun 22, 2005 at 20:11

Wednesday, Jun 22, 2005 at 20:11
Hey Crazie, we are doing the Simpson trip in 10 weeks, cant wait either, but more importantly, we have the same model Jackaroo as you (except ours is Diesel) and I am wondering if you are doing the crossing? I would love to hear how you go if you do.

See our post id: 23829 for details of what we are taking, or email me. etsmith@netspace.net.au.

Kind Regards,

Eric
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Follow Up By: Member Eric - Wednesday, Jun 22, 2005 at 22:23

Wednesday, Jun 22, 2005 at 22:23
2 more sleeps , 2 more sleeps , 2 more sleeps
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Follow Up By: Member - MrBitchi (QLD) - Thursday, Jun 23, 2005 at 16:49

Thursday, Jun 23, 2005 at 16:49
1 more sleep, 1 more sleep, 1 more sleep.
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Reply By: Member Eric - Wednesday, Jun 22, 2005 at 22:33

Wednesday, Jun 22, 2005 at 22:33
Hi guys , thanks for the updates . If you guys get in contact with Jiana ( john ) . Could you please forward my numbers to him

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Follow Up By: Karsten from Big Red Cafe - Thursday, Jun 23, 2005 at 12:54

Thursday, Jun 23, 2005 at 12:54
Gidday Eric

Isn't John on Exploroz ? I'm sure you could contact him via a post....

Save Travels

Karsten
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Follow Up By: Al & Mrs Al (Vic) - Thursday, Jun 23, 2005 at 13:28

Thursday, Jun 23, 2005 at 13:28
I think John's on a bit of a holiday before setting up house in Alice Springs.
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Reply By: Mike - Thursday, Jun 23, 2005 at 09:53

Thursday, Jun 23, 2005 at 09:53
Thanks Karsten, see you in a couple of weeks for coffee and cake and another look at the wonderful art in the Blue poles Gallery.

Happy trails, Mike.
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Follow Up By: Karsten from Big Red Cafe - Thursday, Jun 23, 2005 at 12:57

Thursday, Jun 23, 2005 at 12:57
Gidday Mike
Which way are you coming ?

Have a good trip and we'll see you then.

Regards

Karsten

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Follow Up By: Mike - Friday, Jun 24, 2005 at 09:36

Friday, Jun 24, 2005 at 09:36
Karsten, we're coming from Innamincka via Cordillo Downs, on July15. We're towing a camper trailer, so will be taking it fairly easy. I remember that the CD track is "interesting" when it's been wet.

Happy trails, Mike.
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Follow Up By: Karsten from Big Red Cafe - Friday, Jun 24, 2005 at 11:16

Friday, Jun 24, 2005 at 11:16
Alot can happen in three weeks, but we will keep you posted. A couple of guys came in last night up the Cordillo Rd. A few mud puddles but nothing to cause any headaches. We're all keeping a fairly close eye on the sky at the moment.

On a lighter note keep an eye in the west just after sunset over the next week or so. Mercury, Venus & Saturn are moving closer together. It might be a bit hard for city folk to see Mercury (being very low in the north-west) but it will be rising every night.

The CD track...mmm...."The Birdsville Track Song" ?

We just relived it, with some minor variations. This time we stopped at Mungerannie. The rest of the verse was true though "one beer is one too many, five hundred's not enough !" atleast for the songwriter.

The "band" had two little kids on board and are much more responsible !

Regards

Karsten

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Reply By: Glenn (VIC) - Thursday, Jun 23, 2005 at 14:39

Thursday, Jun 23, 2005 at 14:39
What I would like to know is why are people travelling on closed roads? Isn't it illegal to drive on a closed road? It only makes it harder for others to follow when the roads are finally opened as the track is undoubtably damaged by the stupidity of the driver. This is the second post that has mentioned people driving along closed roads and without a care it seems. No wonder we as 4wdrivers get bad names when road signs are so obviously ignored.

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Follow Up By: Karsten from Big Red Cafe - Thursday, Jun 23, 2005 at 16:17

Thursday, Jun 23, 2005 at 16:17
Gidday Glenn

I think you have your wires crossed big time. There's no mention of people driving along closed roads in this post. What's more is the information is entirely accurate, the roads out of Birdsville are OPEN. They were open the day before yesterday. A full day before I posted this thread.

The weekend before last I drove to Jundah with my family to represent the Diamantina Shire versus Barcoo Shire. The roads were cut while we were there. Instead of driving back home and cutting up the roads, we drove via Charleville-Cunnamulla-Bourke-Cobar-Willcania-Broken Hill-3 days Adelaide and then back home up the BV track.....A 3500km+ round trip. At Marree and Mungerannie the track was open to 4WD. It probably should have been closed a day earlier, but it wasn't.

I can't account for driver behaviour. More education is necessary. What I would like to understand is why you seem to have taken exception with my post,"Roads open from Birdsville" entirely accurate, roads having been open since the day before yesterday posted by a resident of Birdsville, and a post of today which provides exactly the same information (a day later) from an anonymous person going by the name of "birdsville".....very intriguing.

Please explain ?

Regards

Karsten
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Follow Up By: Glenn (VIC) - Thursday, Jun 23, 2005 at 16:42

Thursday, Jun 23, 2005 at 16:42
Hi Karsten,

Not sure if you are feeling guilty about anything, but nowhere did I mention that you had driven on closed roads. In your original post you wrote "Had some people come in from Walkers Crossing and although it was difficult, that should be clear soon as well.". Walkers Crossing has been closed for a week now and so my concern was directed at these types of people. I would have thought locals such as yourself to Birdsville, would also be irate at those who travel on closed roads as it affects you more than most.

Cheers

Glenn
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Follow Up By: Karsten from Big Red Cafe - Thursday, Jun 23, 2005 at 18:24

Thursday, Jun 23, 2005 at 18:24
Gidday Glenn

I know you weren't implying I'd driven on closed roads, and I assumed you were refering to my mention of people coming in via Walkers Crossing, but you also implied the road information I had given was incorrect, which it wasn't.

I was also concerned that "birdsville" implied Walkers Crossing was a road into Birdsville, which it isn't. "birdsville" also implied the information I had given was incorrect by stating "Walkers Crossing is actually closed".
As I said, Walkers Crossing should be open soon.

As I said Glenn I completely agree with you about driving on closed roads (hence my 3500km+ detour to get home).

I read both replies you posted and you effectively imply an anonymous posting (a day late) is somehow more accurate than an "on the ground" report on time.

We've all been doing it tough this season, it was a slow start and now this rain, although very welcome, has put a real "dampner" on business. When the roads are open, we want people to know, both for our survival and their travelling enjoyment.

I'm sure you would prefer Ruth and I keep posting updates, but it is very disheartening when updates are treated with such disdain, as you imply by thanking birdsville for accurate info. and having ago at "other" information on the forum. On checking I can't find any other posts other than the one I had posted yesterday, so naturally assumed you were refering to it.

Perhaps if you want to make a point about driver behaviour you could dedicate a post to it, I for one, would weigh in on your side.

Regards

Karsten

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Follow Up By: Mike - Friday, Jun 24, 2005 at 09:41

Friday, Jun 24, 2005 at 09:41
Well said Karsten, the info that you and Ruth supply is worth it's weight in gold. Please keep up the good work.

See you both soon.

Happy trails, Mike.
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Follow Up By: Al & Mrs Al (Vic) - Friday, Jun 24, 2005 at 17:11

Friday, Jun 24, 2005 at 17:11
perhaps it's time to remind people who dare to drive on closed roads in SA that the fine is $1000 per wheel!
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