One More Sleep!!!!!

Submitted: Saturday, May 06, 2006 at 11:55
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Well the time has finally come. Tomorrow morning we head off on our long anticipated four month trip.
In summary, the route is Gold Coast, Cameron's Corner, Innaminka, Birdsville, Mt Isa, Katherine, Broome (via bitumen), Cape Leveque, Middle Lagoon, GRR, Mitchell Plateau, Kalumburu, Darwin, Kakadu, Litchfield, Accross Western Gulf to Lawn Hill, down to Cloncurry, Charters Towers (original home town), then south back to Gold Coast).

The packing and preparation are finished. The fridge is full. I even found room for 16 bottles of good red wine for the occasional mellow evening watching the sunset.

I did the original budget based on average of $1.75 per lt for diesel. Might need to adjust that a bit and find some savings elsewhere. But no matter what price fuel is; we are gooing.

I'm carrying three spare tyres on rims, plus a set of tyre pliers and repair kit. Borrowed a Tirfor hand winch from a friend. I figure if I carry one, I won't need it.

Comms are UHF, GSM, CDMA and sat phone.

Unless I find somewhere to get on line on the way, I'll tell you about it in early September.
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Reply By: Wayne (NSW) - Saturday, May 06, 2006 at 12:12

Saturday, May 06, 2006 at 12:12
Norm,

Have a good trip.

How long will you be away for?

Just on fuel prices, on the Canning Stock Route we are paying $2.50 per litre at Well 23. $450 for the 200lt drum.

Wayne
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Follow Up By: David from David and Justine Olsen's 4WD Tag-Along - Saturday, May 06, 2006 at 12:47

Saturday, May 06, 2006 at 12:47
Don't suppose you know the curret price at Mt Dare. I could give Dave a call, but you know how it is- sitting in front of computer so thought I'd ask here lol
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Follow Up By: Wayne (NSW) - Saturday, May 06, 2006 at 15:06

Saturday, May 06, 2006 at 15:06
David,

Checked the fuel site here but they don't do Mt Dare.

Checked one site ( Not ExplorOz ) and they were giving fuel pricing for 2001 in Brisbane. They don't seem to update there info very often.

Wayne
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Reply By: Member - uncle - Saturday, May 06, 2006 at 12:12

Saturday, May 06, 2006 at 12:12
Good on ya Norm enjoy the journey.Ours looks like being delayed a while now, sale of our business fell thru, have a port for me too! Cheers Laurie.
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Reply By: handy - Saturday, May 06, 2006 at 12:14

Saturday, May 06, 2006 at 12:14
we are paying 1.50+ in alice at the moment
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Reply By: GREENDOG - Saturday, May 06, 2006 at 12:21

Saturday, May 06, 2006 at 12:21
Have a geat trip Norm,betta ca'nt wait to you hit the road mate,we will be in Lawn Hill in the middle of Augast i'll keep my eye out for you if you plan to be in the area at that time,cheer's GREENDOG
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Follow Up By: Member - Norm C (QLD) - Saturday, May 06, 2006 at 16:53

Saturday, May 06, 2006 at 16:53
Mid August sounds about right for us too Greendog, but all pretty flexible. You can't miss the pretty blue 'Lux. We'll stop in at Kingfisher Camp for a couple of days, then on to Lawn Hill.
Norm C
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Follow Up By: GREENDOG - Saturday, May 06, 2006 at 17:29

Saturday, May 06, 2006 at 17:29
Yep no worry's you ca'nt miss the Blue thats for sure,we as well going up through KFC so look out for the PAJ with the Blue light force covers and a white stick on the bull bar CH 15 have fun cheer's GREENDOG
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Reply By: Footloose - Saturday, May 06, 2006 at 12:25

Saturday, May 06, 2006 at 12:25
Have a great trip. You only notice the fuel price when you fill up, all the rest of the time is a holiday :))
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Reply By: ZUKSCOOTERX90(QLD-MEMBER) - Saturday, May 06, 2006 at 12:34

Saturday, May 06, 2006 at 12:34
Cheer's Norm have a exciting & not toooo eventfull trip,& enjoy the scenery.Bob.
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Reply By: Marc - Saturday, May 06, 2006 at 13:44

Saturday, May 06, 2006 at 13:44
Have a top trip.
Most caravan parks now have internet cafes so don't be a stranger
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Reply By: Gramps (NSW) - Saturday, May 06, 2006 at 14:02

Saturday, May 06, 2006 at 14:02
Well !!! Bugger off then, get moving hahahahaha

Have a great trip and spare a thought for we miserable souls stuck in cooler climes.
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Follow Up By: Wayne (NSW) - Saturday, May 06, 2006 at 15:02

Saturday, May 06, 2006 at 15:02
Gramps,

With a send off like that i am not going to tell you that I will be off at the end of May.

Just to rub salt into the wounds I will not come back until mid October.

Enjoy the Winter :-)))

Wayne
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Follow Up By: Gramps (NSW) - Saturday, May 06, 2006 at 16:33

Saturday, May 06, 2006 at 16:33
Ha! As for you, swanning around the countryside half the year with a troop of travelling companions to entertain you. What a life! And you get paid as well !!!

You can bugger off for a while too! But make sure you bring back plenty of piccies and all the goss about what happened. You know, the stuff that happens on a trip that should stay on the trip, the good stuff :)))))))
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Reply By: Member - Ozdyssey (QLD) - Saturday, May 06, 2006 at 14:26

Saturday, May 06, 2006 at 14:26
Not far behind you Norm.

Let us know how the camper performs. We'll be north somewhere, no plan. We'll keep an eye out for the ZR.

Safe Travels
John
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Follow Up By: Member - Norm C (QLD) - Saturday, May 06, 2006 at 16:56

Saturday, May 06, 2006 at 16:56
We've done plenty in the ZR so far Osdyssey, but this is by far the longest and most adventurous. It'll be a bugger having a hot shower at the end of each day!!!
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Reply By: Laura B - Saturday, May 06, 2006 at 15:40

Saturday, May 06, 2006 at 15:40
May see you around the outback.....leaving 6th Aug and heading to Alice via ood...then to boulia.....

Catch ya round like a dunny seat and enjoy!!

Laura B
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Reply By: Rosco - Qld - Saturday, May 06, 2006 at 16:03

Saturday, May 06, 2006 at 16:03
Onya Norm

Ave a good trip.

Cheers
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Reply By: Disco Duck - Saturday, May 06, 2006 at 17:26

Saturday, May 06, 2006 at 17:26
Have a safe and uneventful trip.We will be looking forward to our Fraser Island fishing trip,with you, in October.

Mike
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Follow Up By: Member - Norm C (QLD) - Saturday, May 06, 2006 at 18:53

Saturday, May 06, 2006 at 18:53
With a name like that (Disco Duck), it could only be you Mike. We might need Fraser for the break when we get back.
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Reply By: T.C - Saturday, May 06, 2006 at 17:28

Saturday, May 06, 2006 at 17:28
Good luck Norn and good on you......Follow the dream and enjoy your time.

Stay safe.

Regards Tony.

I will look after the Bass above the weir for you :-)
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Follow Up By: Member - Norm C (QLD) - Saturday, May 06, 2006 at 18:48

Saturday, May 06, 2006 at 18:48
Just make sure you put them back after you have had your fun Tony.
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Reply By: T.C - Saturday, May 06, 2006 at 18:53

Saturday, May 06, 2006 at 18:53
Norm,

no worries there mate......I hate eating fish........and i work hard raising money to stock the Bugger's :-)

You just have a great Time. !
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Reply By: maroni - Saturday, May 06, 2006 at 21:17

Saturday, May 06, 2006 at 21:17
hey there norm have a safe and happy journey, one question you say you are taking a sat phone,, just wondering how much do they cost as in to buy??
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Reply By: Waynepd (NSW) - Saturday, May 06, 2006 at 23:25

Saturday, May 06, 2006 at 23:25
Hi Norm,
Have a great trip and don't worry about us we'll keep the place going till you get back.
Sounds like a trip of a lifetime and I'm just feeling a little green here.....LOL
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Reply By: Member - Brian (Gold Coast) - Sunday, May 07, 2006 at 08:49

Sunday, May 07, 2006 at 08:49
Have a safe and happy trip mate!! Missing you guys already!!!

Take care

Brian
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