NATIONAL GATHERING

Submitted: Monday, Jul 25, 2005 at 14:20
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Well another one gone and a good one it was with only 7 vehicles we were down on attendees (rain can do that out there) but all had a good time.
The group on Big Red
We had the gathering at Karstens Big Red Cafe around the fire with fine food and wine, and entertainment by Karsten with a fire stick show, it was just brilliant, thanks Karsten.
The attendees;
Karsten of course from the Big Red Cafe
Baz, Kerry and Ness (Redback)
Willem and Judith (Willem)
Wim and Judy (Wim)
Mike and Ruth (Penguin)
John, Adel and Ava (Mitubishin)
Howard and Margret (Howard (ACT)
John and Heather (JohnR moses)
Ruth from the van park
The next day we had a camp oven cookup at the bottom of Big Red, and a play too, a very good day to end the gathering thank you all that battled the conditions to make it and sorry to those who couldn't make it because of the rain and closed roads.
The Overlander guys had the same problem, but thats the bush when it rains.

See you all again soon;
Baz.

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Reply By: Well 55 - Monday, Jul 25, 2005 at 14:29

Monday, Jul 25, 2005 at 14:29
Great to hear you had a good trip Baz, I was to meet up with Mike in Nyngan, but had to attend a funeral in Sydney on the tuesday. Maybe we need another meeting out there next year and see if we can improve on the numbers.

I ended up going to Glen Davis and Mudgee for a week and still hit the rain.
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Follow Up By: Redback - Monday, Jul 25, 2005 at 14:47

Monday, Jul 25, 2005 at 14:47
Yep next one should be good if the rain holds off, after visiting Dalhousie Springs my vote would be there, what a great spot and that spring OH YEAH.
The desert was damp too but well worth the trip.

If your not busy this weekend we are going to Newnes, your welcome to come Tony.

Baz.
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Follow Up By: Well 55 - Monday, Jul 25, 2005 at 14:59

Monday, Jul 25, 2005 at 14:59
Thanks for the invite, but Iv'e got a bit of work to do at the farm, cleaning up after that last dump of snow.

Newnes is on our list when we head buck up that way, along with the Turon and Dunns Swamp.
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Reply By: Willem - Monday, Jul 25, 2005 at 16:16

Monday, Jul 25, 2005 at 16:16
Yeah Baz, we sure chewed some fat and saw some interesting things out there in Birdsville. Thanks to everyone who made the effort to come. The rain, well we needed the rain, and I still have blobs of dry mud falling off the Nissan.

That Lavender Port wasn't a bad drop either, eh?
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Follow Up By: Redback - Tuesday, Jul 26, 2005 at 07:17

Tuesday, Jul 26, 2005 at 07:17
Yes Willem we did indeed and yep that Port hit the spot.

The mud is still falling off the Disco as well, might lash out and go to the car wash.

Thanks Willem for the guided tour of the Dingo caves and the Waddi trees, and i must add if anyone goes to Birdsville the working museum is a good tour.

Thanks everyone,
Baz.
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Reply By: Vince NSW - Monday, Jul 25, 2005 at 17:03

Monday, Jul 25, 2005 at 17:03
Hi Baz
How did the disco go?
Great to hear that all enjoyed their time in Birdsville. How many continued across the SD with you?
Make the next trip in 2007 & I am in. Have to go OS next year to keep the marriage in one piece, so miss out on a long bush trip again in 2006.
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Follow Up By: Redback - Tuesday, Jul 26, 2005 at 07:24

Tuesday, Jul 26, 2005 at 07:24
Hi Vince, mate she went faultlessly never missed a beat, just us went mate, I towed the camper east/west across the Simpson without a drama we weren't going to but the weather was very unpredictable, very impressed we were.

Baz.
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Follow Up By: Redback - Tuesday, Jul 26, 2005 at 14:01

Tuesday, Jul 26, 2005 at 14:01
Vince if your up for it, Newnes this weekend come and join in the fun.

Baz.
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Reply By: Member - Roachie (SA) - Monday, Jul 25, 2005 at 17:04

Monday, Jul 25, 2005 at 17:04
G'day Baz,

As I guess you already know, our little sub-group of about 6 vehicles, arrived on the Monday arvo, a couple of days late. We had our own little get-together but will eventually get to meet you blokes from the east at some stage

Cya mate

Roachie
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Follow Up By: Member - Howard (ACT) - Monday, Jul 25, 2005 at 20:00

Monday, Jul 25, 2005 at 20:00
Hi Roachie,
see from a couple of other posts that you met up with Willem on the monday as you went up the BV track. We obviously passed each other ,
as I was meant to be about 1 hour ahead of Willem . Maybe the mud made it hard to spot the exploroz stickers.
Was that your group we spoke to who asked if anyone had gone into the desert and that you were hurrying to meet up with a group there.
I was in a white 80 series towing a camper trailer.
Should have owned up to where we had come from.
Sorry we missed you hope we can all catch up some time
cheers
Howard


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Follow Up By: Member - Roachie (SA) - Monday, Jul 25, 2005 at 21:53

Monday, Jul 25, 2005 at 21:53
G'day Howard,
I guess we would have crossed paths if you were about 1 hour in front of Willie. I can't say that I recall your particular vehicle.....I remember there being several 80's on the track and a number of vehicles were towing trailers.
Too bad I guess.....I was the leader of a group of (at that stage) 8 vehicles; 3 were towing trailers (my GU with fairly distinctive Ultimate Off-Road Camper trailer, AussieChef's GQ and Pud & Barb's GU... from Yass). The others were Jiarna (80 series), Patrolman Pat (GU), Gerk (GU), a pair of Mexicans we picked up along the way in a Navara & Stu & Linda (the last 2 not involved in EO).

Anyway, next time perhaps?

Cheers, Roachie
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Reply By: Karsten from Big Red Cafe - Monday, Jul 25, 2005 at 18:00

Monday, Jul 25, 2005 at 18:00
Glad you made it home safe, Baz. It was great catching up, just wish I had more time to get out N about with you guys!

We managed to "create" some time yesterday and took a drive out to Eyre Creek, then down it via Old Alton Downs to the Inside Track, and home. The flowers are amazing. Hopefully some of the papers will run a few so you guys can see them !

All the Best

Karsten

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Follow Up By: Redback - Tuesday, Jul 26, 2005 at 07:34

Tuesday, Jul 26, 2005 at 07:34
Mate good to finally meet you and thanks again for your hospitality it was great, oh and sorry about the mistaken identity mate felt bad about that.

Baz.
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Reply By: Member Eric - Monday, Jul 25, 2005 at 18:10

Monday, Jul 25, 2005 at 18:10
The atmosphere at Karstens place is just spectacular , i wish we had the weather in melbourne for a place like that, and yes the fire show is just spectacuar. Birdsville will be in heart for a long time
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Follow Up By: Redback - Tuesday, Jul 26, 2005 at 07:37

Tuesday, Jul 26, 2005 at 07:37
A bit better than the Pink Roadhouse mate and beware of those cattle too mate they are a killer eh, i broke a shock on one in the Explorer just before Mt Isa in 2000.

Baz.
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Reply By: Camp Cook - Monday, Jul 25, 2005 at 19:01

Monday, Jul 25, 2005 at 19:01
Thank you all for a great gathering. We dined at Karstens twice mm.. excellent
All the company was good with an excellent trip with 4 vehicles across the desert followed by a week enjoying Ruth and Ian's company. Then the other 7 vehicles arrived and what fun at Big Red. Met the other 6 vehicles on the Birdsville Track so our National Gathering was 17 vehicles. It was all good mate.
Camp Cook
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Follow Up By: Willem - Monday, Jul 25, 2005 at 19:21

Monday, Jul 25, 2005 at 19:21
Camp Cook? Now I am wondering who it may be.....................
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Follow Up By: Redback - Tuesday, Jul 26, 2005 at 07:28

Tuesday, Jul 26, 2005 at 07:28
So did we meet..............

Baz.
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Follow Up By: Camp Cook - Tuesday, Jul 26, 2005 at 09:17

Tuesday, Jul 26, 2005 at 09:17
Yes we did meet and once more since then. Hope the dog is better.
Best regards
Camp Cook
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Follow Up By: Redback - Tuesday, Jul 26, 2005 at 09:45

Tuesday, Jul 26, 2005 at 09:45
Yep dog is fine, thanks Camp Cook, finished your garden yet.

Baz.
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Reply By: Redback - Tuesday, Jul 26, 2005 at 07:53

Tuesday, Jul 26, 2005 at 07:53
The desert in bloom
Desert flowers

One of the many dunes
Early in the trip

After Purnie Bore it was a lake and like this for 4ks
Water everywhere

Us with the Subaroo Recreational 4WD club we tagged along tp Poeppel with them.
The group

This one of Poeppel is to show all the foot steps not on the boardwalk, just plain bloody mindlessness.
Who left footy prints in my desert

It was cold
It's Ness or a terrorist in Birdsville

Baz.
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