Postie Bike Update

Submitted: Wednesday, Jun 07, 2006 at 08:29
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Morning All, a decision was made yesterday that the Simpson was too difficult for the postie bikes to tackle in the time they had available so they left (in the freezing cold wind) to head south to Marree and up to Oodnadatta and onto Alice Springs. Some of them were very disappointed and will try and come back through the Simpson without the time restraints. they are a great bunch of people having some fun whilst raising funds for the RFDS. Their leaders will give them some good dune experience near the Finke. They spent all the day before trying to conquer Big Red - it was faster to run up and push the bike!!!!
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Reply By: Footloose - Wednesday, Jun 07, 2006 at 08:37

Wednesday, Jun 07, 2006 at 08:37
No wonder my mails so slow! :)))))))
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Follow Up By: hanson - Wednesday, Jun 07, 2006 at 12:10

Wednesday, Jun 07, 2006 at 12:10
don,t you know Australia Post motto... "we deliver" (eventually) :-))))

ps worked for them for 30 years
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Reply By: David from David and Justine Olsen's 4WD Tag-Along - Wednesday, Jun 07, 2006 at 08:42

Wednesday, Jun 07, 2006 at 08:42
While I am just crazy enough to attempt something like that, I recon they would have been happy with the decision to pull out had they actually attempted a crossing this year. I think it would have been tough to say the least
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Follow Up By: Footloose - Wednesday, Jun 07, 2006 at 08:52

Wednesday, Jun 07, 2006 at 08:52
I agree that it was probably a wise decision. Unless they wanted to push them across !
Some get fixated with a particular route, or objective and will go to any lengths to achieve it. But to me, the journey is the destination.
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Follow Up By: Pajman Pete (SA) - Wednesday, Jun 07, 2006 at 09:50

Wednesday, Jun 07, 2006 at 09:50
But "Are we there yet?"
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Reply By: Sand Man (SA) - Wednesday, Jun 07, 2006 at 10:20

Wednesday, Jun 07, 2006 at 10:20
"it was faster to run up and push the bike!!!!"

Hehehehe....good one Ruth.

Good on them for having a go anyway and it sounds like a smart decision was made by someone to change the route.

Big Red at least gave them a taste of what it would have been like.

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Reply By: tuck 01 - Wednesday, Jun 07, 2006 at 15:43

Wednesday, Jun 07, 2006 at 15:43
A bloke that does occassional casual work with me in Geelong is jockeying in one of the support vehicles. Ralph someone is his name.
He was most keen to hear about my recent crossing. I certainly did not expect them to be able to cross east to west after we did our west to east trip, and made it clear to Ralph. Before he headed off, he was not confident about the bikes being able to do it.
Their plan was to try out on Big Red, and if it proved too tough, head down to Maree and up the other side as they are now doing, so I don't think they will be surprised by the failure to proceed.
Good on 'em still.
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Reply By: Ruth from Birdsville Caravan Park - Wednesday, Jun 07, 2006 at 17:55

Wednesday, Jun 07, 2006 at 17:55
Today's update had them struggling to get into Mungerannie yesterday - lots of bits to repair - quite difficult through the Sturt's Stony Desert, as you could imagine.
Into Marree today I should think.
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Follow Up By: Member - Ian S (NT) - Wednesday, Jun 07, 2006 at 19:05

Wednesday, Jun 07, 2006 at 19:05
Hi Ruth,

Pat and I have been out in the desert for our 4 days "off". It isn't a shade on the level of difficulty we found crossing the French Line at Easter. Even though we did 650 kms it wasn't a full crossing just a medander across some isolated tracks.

Good to hear you!!

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Pat and Ian @ Mt Dare
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