First Simpson Desert Reports

Submitted: Sunday, Mar 12, 2006 at 17:08
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Three car loads of SA dwellers just came through the Simpson Desert - had a wonderful three days, full of adventure and very high sand blows on tops of dunes. They soon learnt to drop their tyre pressure (much lower than they expected to) and apart from the excitement of cresting one dune and ending up close to the passenger wall as they came over which necessitated a tow and a winch to straighten them up, they had a wonderful time. They came direct along the French Line and could report that, at the present time (meaning this could change, as it does) travelling east to west would be the more difficult due to dishing under the sand blows on the eastern side of the dunes.
As well two car loads arrived today to be the first to travel up the Hay River this season.
It's all happening, happy camping everyone.
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Reply By: Member - bushfix - Sunday, Mar 12, 2006 at 19:01

Sunday, Mar 12, 2006 at 19:01
G'day Ruth,

thanks for that early 'season' info,

looking forward to see how the conditions of the routes you described will change over the next few mths. Hope to be travelling w>e to your camp early July.

kind regards,

Jeremy.
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Follow Up By: Ruth from Birdsville Caravan Park - Sunday, Mar 12, 2006 at 21:58

Sunday, Mar 12, 2006 at 21:58
Will no doubt update when I can but see you in July.
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Reply By: Willem - Sunday, Mar 12, 2006 at 19:03

Sunday, Mar 12, 2006 at 19:03
Oh good! Then they can flatten out all the crests for when we come in May on our 'girls' trip....lol
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Follow Up By: Ruth from Birdsville Caravan Park - Sunday, Mar 12, 2006 at 21:58

Sunday, Mar 12, 2006 at 21:58
There'll still be plenty for you to flatten out where you're going on your 'girlie' trip!
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Follow Up By: Member - John (Vic) - Monday, Mar 13, 2006 at 20:51

Monday, Mar 13, 2006 at 20:51
"Girl's Trip" Hmmmm!!!!
Don't know how to answer that one.

Getting a bit worried about you Old Fella. LOL
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Follow Up By: Willem - Monday, Mar 13, 2006 at 21:06

Monday, Mar 13, 2006 at 21:06
No! Those were Ruth's words in another post some time ago. I wanted to take her out on our 'girls trip' but she has chickened out. Dont think the LC was built for those kinda trips...lol
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Follow Up By: Ruth from Birdsville Caravan Park - Tuesday, Mar 14, 2006 at 08:19

Tuesday, Mar 14, 2006 at 08:19
John, tWillem's trips are now referred to as "girlie" trips as he hsa taken a great delight in modern camping comforts and no longer wants to curl up inside 'Rosie' (the vehicle!!) and camp rough.
Willem - first rescue late yesterday afternoon when a person of foreign persuasion was unable to get back home to Birdsville (Theo will tell me the rest this morning). Same person was told not to go on his own.
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Follow Up By: Ruth from Birdsville Caravan Park - Tuesday, Mar 14, 2006 at 09:15

Tuesday, Mar 14, 2006 at 09:15
Just been talking to Theo - the person in the troopie spent the entire day on top of Little Red (going east to west) and didn't even get over the dune. Luckily for him he left his wife behind (he left about 9:00 a.m.) and when he hadn't returned at 3:00 p.m. she called for help. All Theo had to do was let his tyres down and he drove out. Enough said.
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Follow Up By: Willem - Tuesday, Mar 14, 2006 at 09:40

Tuesday, Mar 14, 2006 at 09:40
Hmmm...... very expensive bog for a person of foreign persuasion. Or was it a CFS job. Still, some people are wise and some are otherwise...lol

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Follow Up By: Ruth from Birdsville Caravan Park - Tuesday, Mar 14, 2006 at 11:27

Tuesday, Mar 14, 2006 at 11:27
Said foreign person has now decided to go to Alice Springs, via Mt Isa. Seems he was the second vehicle this weekend to be stuck on top of Little Red - another was there for a long time until wife rang to someone local on sat phone and they pulled them off.
Your relation is wringing his hands with glee at the thought of all the vehicles and camper trailers which will need rescuing this year. As he has just returned from Disneyland, Las Vegas and New York he is probably already planning Europe for next summer. LOL LOL LOL.
Weather nice - flies increasing.
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Follow Up By: Member - John (Vic) - Tuesday, Mar 14, 2006 at 12:35

Tuesday, Mar 14, 2006 at 12:35
Hi Ruth
Yes I have always been quite critical of young Willem's girlie change to his camping practices even when he was sleeping in the back of old Rosie.
I always said he should just roll his swag out under the truck like real men of the outback do.

He just keeps saying that times are changing and he's not getting any younger.
Just a big girls blouse I reckon. LOL

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Follow Up By: Ruth from Birdsville Caravan Park - Tuesday, Mar 14, 2006 at 15:49

Tuesday, Mar 14, 2006 at 15:49
John, I think Willem was too scared to sleep under Rosie in his swag in case something unexpected crawled into his swag and he wouldn't know what to do about it. Hahahahaha. (Gawd, I'll be in trouble now)
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Follow Up By: Member - John (Vic) - Tuesday, Mar 14, 2006 at 15:53

Tuesday, Mar 14, 2006 at 15:53
Was he worried about the crawly things or something falling of Rosie in the night and banging him on the head????

I think we are both in trouble now. LOL
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Follow Up By: Ruth from Birdsville Caravan Park - Tuesday, Mar 14, 2006 at 16:17

Tuesday, Mar 14, 2006 at 16:17
John, you've missed the ambigious scarcasm when I referred to things crawling in. Hahahahaha.
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Follow Up By: Willem - Tuesday, Mar 14, 2006 at 19:39

Tuesday, Mar 14, 2006 at 19:39
Who the hell sleeps under a truck? Only drunks and dogs!!

You two better watch out or you will be on PPJuice rations soon :o)
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Follow Up By: Ruth from Birdsville Caravan Park - Tuesday, Mar 14, 2006 at 19:49

Tuesday, Mar 14, 2006 at 19:49
Ooooops John - told you we'd be in trouble. No PP Juice - oh no.
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Reply By: GREENDOG - Sunday, Mar 12, 2006 at 19:45

Sunday, Mar 12, 2006 at 19:45
Hi Ruth did you get my A.D all right the other day,and i think there abit keen going accross the Simpson this time of the year, bugger that.cheer's GREENDOG
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Follow Up By: Ruth from Birdsville Caravan Park - Sunday, Mar 12, 2006 at 22:00

Sunday, Mar 12, 2006 at 22:00
Greendog, got your mail ready to post! They were keen - and it's been 40 degrees (with flies). LOL
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Reply By: Member - David 0- Monday, Mar 13, 2006 at 20:38

Monday, Mar 13, 2006 at 20:38
Thanks for the update Ruth...another season begins
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