Simpson crossing

Submitted: Thursday, May 31, 2007 at 17:16
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heading off to cross the Simpson on the 1st July. 3 cars and 6 motorbikes (I'm in my GQ). Anyone recently done the Rig Rd? wanting to know track conditions, flowers out from recent rains, water to worry about etc etc?

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Reply By: Andrew from Vivid Adventures - Thursday, May 31, 2007 at 18:18

Thursday, May 31, 2007 at 18:18
I was speaking to Ric from OOT 4WD in Newcastle (the Longranger guys) and he was out there in the last few weeks going East to West.

He said that the soft tops on the top of the dunes were about 2m high and rather steep particularly at the Eastern end, but other than needing to take care, particularly as he was frequently bellying out on them, it was fine. I believe that Goyder's Lagoon still has water hanging around and Warburton Track is closed if you were intending on going that way.

Of course the situation can change rapidly.

He mentioned that Ian from Mt. Dare had been out there too and posted on here, but I was away and didn't see it.

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Reply By: Willem - Thursday, May 31, 2007 at 19:13

Thursday, May 31, 2007 at 19:13

Please make sure that the bike riders stick to the tracks and that they don't go tearing over the dunes offtrack

Enjoy your journey

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Follow Up By: Peter 2 - Thursday, May 31, 2007 at 20:05

Thursday, May 31, 2007 at 20:05
If the bike riders could also refrain from doing donuts on every claypan/salt lake they come to it would be great as well.
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Follow Up By: Gossy - Friday, Jun 01, 2007 at 09:16

Friday, Jun 01, 2007 at 09:16
all good points but not a problem with these bunch of guys. I'm the youngest at 36 so not a bunch of idiots with no care for the environment. If they did I would be the first to take their keys away. I want my kid to go out there someday and enjoy what I do now.
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Follow Up By: Willem - Friday, Jun 01, 2007 at 09:31

Friday, Jun 01, 2007 at 09:31
Good ya Gossy

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Reply By: Member - jdwynn (SA) - Thursday, May 31, 2007 at 20:30

Thursday, May 31, 2007 at 20:30
We crossed Simpson in late April. Used Rig Road between French Line and start of WAA line (at Colson track). It was easy going. Wheel ruts were eroded as deep as 1m (generally on east side of dunes from memory) - but anywhere where that occurred had another track alongside. Reckon the motorcyclists will need to take care going over dune crests to avoid landing in those ruts. Those nice yellow flowers were everywhere in April. JD
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Reply By: Member - Ian S (NT) - Friday, Jun 01, 2007 at 16:06

Friday, Jun 01, 2007 at 16:06
Hi Gossy,

You can go anywhere you like with the bikes at present, except Warburton Crossing which is opened and closed by the Parks / Roads Department. The support vehicle/s no doubt have a trailer in tow and that is the issue.

The initial 2-3Km of the Rig Road from K1 have substantial dune crests in both directions (may have been knocked down a bit now). As you can't approach from the South and it is really worth coming down from Poeppels, you may as well follow the herd along the French Line to Lindsay Junction then decide to do either the FL or the Knolls/WAA.

2 weeks ago the patch on the FL before Erabena was challenging and I'm glad I wasn't towing a support vehicle trailer.

Don't worry about the bikes, just pick the best route for the support vehicle!

Ian@Mt Dare
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Reply By: Gossy - Friday, Jun 01, 2007 at 16:26

Friday, Jun 01, 2007 at 16:26
thanks Ian. There are 3 cars (2 landrovers and my GQ). 6 Bikes. We have acknowledged that a trailer would be a nightmare so we are committed to packing all our food and water into the cars only.
Though we have been anal about a route plan we also know that by the time we get to Mt Dare and ask what the tracks are like our plans will probably completely change. Not a bad thing; that 's what holidays are for!
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Reply By: mechpete - Saturday, Jun 02, 2007 at 20:01

Saturday, Jun 02, 2007 at 20:01
Hi Gossy,
just a bit of info for ya ,myself and another 4x4and 4 bikes did it in 01
and a good thing to keep in mind is call ahead on the UHF on a regular basis to
warn other vehicles that there are bikes . the vehicles don,t always realise the ,speed of the bikes over the Dunes ,and carry a red flag on the lead vehicle .
( copy anyone heading east on what ever track for example )
have a good trip . we did , doing it again in Sept but no bikes ,
cheers mechpete.
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