Back from Simpson

Submitted: Tuesday, Jul 19, 2005 at 16:01
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Just arrived back from a crossing of the Simpson from Birdsville to Dalhousie and home via the Oodna track. Crossed the desert with members Roachie and Gerk and vistor Martin and Barb. Had a great time, Roachie and Martin both towed camper trailers with no probs on the French line. I left them enjoying the springs at Dalhousie on Sunday due to work committments. I expect roachie will be back by Thursday. heaps of water between Purni and Dalhousie made life difficult, wildflowers starting to show near B'Ville. Will post more later.
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Reply By: Vince NSW - Tuesday, Jul 19, 2005 at 16:18

Tuesday, Jul 19, 2005 at 16:18
Welcome back. Intresting to hear that the Campers wern't a problem.
Vince
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Follow Up By: Patrolman Pat - Tuesday, Jul 19, 2005 at 16:43

Tuesday, Jul 19, 2005 at 16:43
Both top of the range trailers a Trak Shack and an Ultimate.
QWe came across a group of 18 from Lightning Ridge one of whom was driving a huge motorhome which got stuck repeatedly by all accounts. I'm sure Roachie will give a better assesmnet when he returns, from what I saw a well set up trailer, driven carefully causes far less damage than idiots who don't air down their tyres.
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Follow Up By: flappa - Tuesday, Jul 19, 2005 at 16:49

Tuesday, Jul 19, 2005 at 16:49
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from what I saw a well set up trailer, driven carefully causes far less damage than idiots who don't air down their tyres.

Yeah , funny about that.
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Follow Up By: The Explorer - Tuesday, Jul 19, 2005 at 18:05

Tuesday, Jul 19, 2005 at 18:05
Just out of curiosity how much does your average camper weigh?
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Greg
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Follow Up By: GO_OFFROAD - Tuesday, Jul 19, 2005 at 19:41

Tuesday, Jul 19, 2005 at 19:41
The dunes were very easy last week, and week before, we did K1 to poeppels, into Birdville, where 2 of our cabins were let go to a tour group..... I took 9 other cars with me from LCOOL.org before going back to peoppels well, beachcomber 1 & 2, madigans camp 16, 15 and 14, cross country back to the hay river, then we camped with a water view at lake Caroline, then 2 days at Lindsay Bookies Batton hill camp, which we drove the actual river bed for the 150 odd km, rather than the track beside it, and on the k1, and qaa, cresting the dunes, in 2wd, 3rd high, jogging pace, no wheelspin, and no front tyres pushing when turning made for a great trip.

Saw 3 trailer towers having numourous goes at dunes, with 20+ psi in the tyres, and one group got annoyed when we drove around them after the first car had 3 unsuccessful attempts.....

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Follow Up By: Member - AVA 191 (QLD) - Tuesday, Jul 19, 2005 at 20:57

Tuesday, Jul 19, 2005 at 20:57
Hi Go-off,

just reading Madigans book now. How many of his camps are still identifiable these days? (sorry for slightly off-topic)
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Follow Up By: GO_OFFROAD - Tuesday, Jul 19, 2005 at 21:01

Tuesday, Jul 19, 2005 at 21:01
Just look for the yellow painted star posts with the little plaques on them ;-)
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Follow Up By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Tuesday, Jul 19, 2005 at 22:31

Tuesday, Jul 19, 2005 at 22:31
Hi AVA-191,

I did the Madigan Line last year and went to camps 14,15,16 again this year.

All the camps were sigposted with star Droppers in 1994 by David Owen. He provided the info on the Hema maps. All the posts were resprayed yellow last year.

Camps 3,4 and 5 are are usually inaccessable (permits from CLC) and camps 18,19 are in the Simpson Desert Nat Park on the Qld side, and they don't give out permissions.

Madigan's book is a great read - comes to life when you do the trip.

Cheers
phil
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Reply By: Ruth from Birdsville Caravan Park - Tuesday, Jul 19, 2005 at 19:00

Tuesday, Jul 19, 2005 at 19:00
Welcome home glad you had a good time and arrived safely. One of those trailers going in the easterly direction overturned - what a mess inside because of water and mud!
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Reply By: GREENDOG - Tuesday, Jul 19, 2005 at 20:15

Tuesday, Jul 19, 2005 at 20:15
Welcome home mate sounds like you had great trip, did you came out of Dalhousie via Perdika if so how was the track,well be up there in a couple of weeks cheer's GREENDOG
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Follow Up By: Patrolman Pat - Tuesday, Jul 19, 2005 at 20:37

Tuesday, Jul 19, 2005 at 20:37
The track from Dalhousie to Perdika was very corrugated in places, no problem with water or mud anywhere. A great run through Hamilton and Mt Sarah, it was very smooth.
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Reply By: Member - Duncs - Tuesday, Jul 19, 2005 at 22:01

Tuesday, Jul 19, 2005 at 22:01
I've been saying for a long time that a well set up and driven trailer is easier on any track than a solo car with an overloaded roof rack and a goose behind the wheel.

I saw it in the Simpson, I saw evidence of track damage caused at Coffin Bay where a guy actually laughed at me for airing down before hitting the sand.

On Cape York I towed a trailer to the top without a problem after crossing the Wenlock on a barge. (it was 4m above the causeway) Aa guy in a LC tray top with 4 tonne all up got bogged about 8 times between the Wenlock and Bamaga along the DCS road. (the OTl was still under water seriously when we were there).

Duncs
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Reply By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Tuesday, Jul 19, 2005 at 22:34

Tuesday, Jul 19, 2005 at 22:34
I was in the Simpson desert two weeks ago. Came across two dumped trailers. One with a broken drawbar on the very western end of the WAA Line. Another on the K1 Line.

Both were bike trailers.
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