Willem's Trip

Submitted: Thursday, May 04, 2006 at 15:04
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Willem called on sat phone last evening - he had met up with Wim (Q) and they were onto next stage of the adventure. He asked me to let everyone know they were having a tough time and they had helped dig out a number of people and tried to advise others who were doing it particularly tough. I told him I had been trying to tell people how tough it was in the Simpson na dhe asked that I try harder (even he didn't believe me how tough it was until he got there). They are all well and nervous about the next part of the trip but looking forward to it.
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Reply By: Member - Bradley- Thursday, May 04, 2006 at 15:34

Thursday, May 04, 2006 at 15:34
i can just picture big willie sweating it up on the shovel :-))

Tell him he's supposed to be out there relaxing.

Thanks for the update Ruth, and wish them all the best from me.

cheers Brad
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Follow Up By: Ruth from Birdsville Caravan Park - Thursday, May 04, 2006 at 20:16

Thursday, May 04, 2006 at 20:16
Bradley - did I say anything about Willem using the shovel! LOL
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Reply By: David from David and Justine Olsen's 4WD Tag-Along - Thursday, May 04, 2006 at 15:50

Thursday, May 04, 2006 at 15:50
Not sure I heard what Willems plans were, what route was he on?
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Reply By: Footloose - Thursday, May 04, 2006 at 15:51

Thursday, May 04, 2006 at 15:51
Willems finding it tough ? Did he run out of white lightning or something ? :))))))))
Yes, people think I'm silly when I tell em it can be tough ..."My mate dragged a camper and had no troubles, piece of cake"........yeah right.
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Follow Up By: David from David and Justine Olsen's 4WD Tag-Along - Thursday, May 04, 2006 at 16:35

Thursday, May 04, 2006 at 16:35
It will be even tougher if people keep getting bogged....weill just have to see what it is like in June/July.
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Reply By: kesh - Thursday, May 04, 2006 at 18:16

Thursday, May 04, 2006 at 18:16
Dont forget Willem's on a junket. Some poor buggers do all of that and more just to make a quid. Get a long, protracted wet in that country and its bloody tough going for months. Pulling bogged cattle is not a joke.
Good luck to Willem, but its not (for him) a situation whereby he is depending on it for his immediate livelihood.
As Ruth said, its merely his newest adventure. From my perspective Willam has never even seen hard times let alone tough.
kesh
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Follow Up By: Ruth from Birdsville Caravan Park - Thursday, May 04, 2006 at 20:21

Thursday, May 04, 2006 at 20:21
Kesh, maybe I'm just tired because it's been a long and tiring day - but I think either I, or maybe you, have missed something. I sure don't understand your Post.
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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L- Thursday, May 04, 2006 at 21:55

Thursday, May 04, 2006 at 21:55
kesh,
you must not have read any information on Willem. He is no stranger to hard times in the outback, as you must not have read his Spinifex Trail Story from the mid 1980's, when he and his mate took 2 Suzuki 4X4 and tried to do the first Geograpgical Centre of The Simpson Desert, yes without GPS and only using compass and sextant.

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Follow Up By: Al & Mrs Al (Vic) - Friday, May 05, 2006 at 07:38

Friday, May 05, 2006 at 07:38
Having just interviewed Willem for my Uni assignment, I can assure you that he's seen plenty of hard tough times.
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Follow Up By: kesh - Friday, May 05, 2006 at 08:03

Friday, May 05, 2006 at 08:03
Yes, I have read quite a bit of Willems history, I also saw his shopping list of gear packed aboard and I pretty well stay with my remark.
Ruth. If you draw a straight line between Middleton and Windorah you would notice that it crosses some rather remote country. Until recently an old friend of ours prospected all through there for years, solo, his vehicle an early Daihatsu, he with a gammy leg from a mining accident so needs a crutch for walking support.
No 2 way radio, no gps, lived off the land, wet or drought and can he tell a story about tough, but always reckoned it was easy!
I have been on Kurran mining and prospecting and its a very interesting landscape. You do plenty of tyres, water is always a bit scarce, getting stuck in washaways is always on, plenty of fuel is required but allowing for that with todays vehicle and all its mod cons one can hardly call it tough.
cheers kesh
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Follow Up By: Squizzy - Friday, May 05, 2006 at 13:12

Friday, May 05, 2006 at 13:12
Kesh,

Everyone has done what they think is 'bloody tough'.

But one thing I won't do is compare my tough times to someone elses.

Who knows how tough the other is doing it, unless you are there too. One man who did it 'bloody tough' was Len Beadell, but he wouldn't have told anyone that, he did the same as Willem, he wrote his stories for all to read and imagine.

It is wiser to read other stories and make your own assumptions, but keep them to yourself.

Geoff.
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Follow Up By: Exploder - Friday, May 05, 2006 at 21:02

Friday, May 05, 2006 at 21:02
Kesh
WTF, exactly what point are you marking?
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Reply By: Trevor R (QLD) - Thursday, May 04, 2006 at 21:39

Thursday, May 04, 2006 at 21:39
Hi Ruth,

Next time you are talking to him, ask him were the bloody hell he was when that photo (in the pic this place comp) was taken. It has to be him doesn't it.

Keep up the good work
Regards Trevor.
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Friday, May 05, 2006 at 09:52

Friday, May 05, 2006 at 09:52
Ask him where my postcard is will ya Ruth.. pls.
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