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Submitted: Saturday, Apr 22, 2006 at 14:13
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I can't seem to find out much about Swindell Field on the Wapet (Kidson) Track in WA. Could any kind reader point me in the right direction ?
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Reply By: Richard Kovac - Saturday, Apr 22, 2006 at 16:18

Saturday, Apr 22, 2006 at 16:18
Hi Footloose

Swindells Field was an airfield and fuel dump created by West
Australian Petroleum and used by the patrol for collecting fuel and
other supplies that needed to be flown in. The Martu names for
this place include Paru and Papija.

Have a read of the PDF file on this site

Site Link

Richard

Traveled the kidson last year
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Follow Up By: Footloose - Saturday, Apr 22, 2006 at 16:25

Saturday, Apr 22, 2006 at 16:25
Thanks Richard, thats what I needed to know. That track seems to have a reputation for doing tyres. Did you find it difficult in that respect ?
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Reply By: Richard Kovac - Saturday, Apr 22, 2006 at 16:38

Saturday, Apr 22, 2006 at 16:38
No we had no problems with our tyres I run 750R-16 on splits Dunlop roadgrippers standard equipment on the Troopy.
she weighs 3.3 tonne so on road pressures are 50psi rear and 40psi on the front, we drop both down 10 psi when on dirt and will go lower in sand when we find some LOL.
The track is good some washouts some big enough to have to go bush to get around them.

If you are traveling north you will see the damage to the caped sand hills before you reach the top

It very nice county out there well worth the trip

Richard
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Follow Up By: Footloose - Saturday, Apr 22, 2006 at 16:53

Saturday, Apr 22, 2006 at 16:53
That's interesting. I ran splits for many years but am trying 1 piece steel this time because of the number of flats I had last trip.
I've been trying to do that track for a while but something always comes up. In fact I have a folder of some pix from that area on my puter, but they are difficult to find.
Yep, know about the washaways, it looks like the kind of country where the surrounding scrub scratches the paintwork when trying to get around. I wouldnt be surprised to find a lack of firewood and spots to camp because of the terrain.
Did you go from the 80 mile end or the well 33 end ? I'm supposed to be there in July , and by then I'm hoping that any lakes will have drained away...not keen on being a solo traveller in that kind of country when all the rivers run :))
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Follow Up By: Richard Kovac - Saturday, Apr 22, 2006 at 17:23

Saturday, Apr 22, 2006 at 17:23
We stayed at 80 mile beach CP over night, had our CT on tow stayed the first night at the left around 6.45am stayed overnight at the first windmill and tank coming from the north got there at 5.30am
10.53hr max speed 67km/hr (must have been the road out of the CP) average speed 30km/hr distance 377km a bit to long for one day.
Second day start 6.14 end 18.36 max speed 71km/hr average speed 23km/hr distance 286km.
we damaged the CT broke a shocky mount and had to get it repaired at the community

You should plan for at least three day to do the track, there's probably more to see than we found we are only getting used to slowing down LOL

Richard
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Follow Up By: Footloose - Saturday, Apr 22, 2006 at 17:29

Saturday, Apr 22, 2006 at 17:29
Richard, many thanks for that, appreciate it. Doesn't sound too gruesome:)) Can understand about slowing down...
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