Bitting Off More Than We Can Chew?

Submitted: Friday, Feb 29, 2008 at 03:10
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We have 14 weeks, is this too much?
Perth to Darwin via Olympic Dam and Ayres Rock onto Lichfield NP, then Cairns down to Sun & Gold Coasts (Aust zoo & thm parks) out to Dubbo onto Sydney, Canberra & back to Perth. Approx 19000km.

Alternate route;Perth Darwin via West Coast, down to Olympic Dam via Ayres, across to Dubbo onto Sydney, Canberra & back to Perth. Approx 13000km
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Reply By: Member - Willie , Sydney. - Friday, Feb 29, 2008 at 08:12

Friday, Feb 29, 2008 at 08:12
Mr/Mrs Burts ,

I think for 14 weeks the 19,000 option is OK . I often go to WA for a 6 weeks ( from Sydney ) .

Are you working for BHP, or looking up old mates from the WMC era ?

Cheers ,

Willie .

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Follow Up By: perthburts - Saturday, Mar 01, 2008 at 00:45

Saturday, Mar 01, 2008 at 00:45
Nope, a family trip during my L/S. Didn't want to waste it at home.
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Reply By: Faulic_McVitte - Friday, Feb 29, 2008 at 08:24

Friday, Feb 29, 2008 at 08:24
anything is possible but if you enjoy it with time to smell the gum trees is another thing. Personally would take the 13000km option and see some things properly and enjoy the trip is some leisure.
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Reply By: Axel [ the real one ] - Friday, Feb 29, 2008 at 09:10

Friday, Feb 29, 2008 at 09:10
19000 ks over 14 weeks still only = 200klm per day if moving every day , some people call that driving to work and back on a daily basis.
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Reply By: Kumunara (NT) - Friday, Feb 29, 2008 at 10:24

Friday, Feb 29, 2008 at 10:24
Perthburts



Did a 13,000 km trip in 13 weeks and it was a good trip because I didn't have to rush (except when under orders from the boss aka she who must be obeyed).

I suggest that you do the 13,000 km trip. 19,000 kms becomes a lot more if you want to actually stop and see something other than the main road.



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Follow Up By: Member - Willie , Sydney. - Friday, Feb 29, 2008 at 11:37

Friday, Feb 29, 2008 at 11:37
VERY Off Topic SORRY MR Burt .

Hey Tjilpi ,

You must do some work on your fishing photos . You should hold the fish out like you have done to make it look huge , BUT, you must keep your hands behind the fish to avoid size comparisons .

Once when we were trout fishing , we hung 4lb trout from a branch by a thin nylon line , and then had my mate stand about 6ft behind it with his arm up behind the fish as if he was holding it .

" Fantastic World Record brown taken from lake at Goulbourn "

Cheers ,

Willie .
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Follow Up By: Kumunara (NT) - Friday, Feb 29, 2008 at 19:19

Friday, Feb 29, 2008 at 19:19
Willie


For info the Barra in the photo was 82 cms long.

That is not a big barra but it is well over the 55 cm legal limit.

Might be that the barra looks smaller because I am holding it.

I caught one that was just over 60 cms and used photoshop to make it look bigger as a joke. Didn't bother with this one.

Just to make you jealous my wife got back from Borroloola yesterday so I now have four in the freezer. I don't care if I didn't catch them - I will still enjoy eating them.


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Follow Up By: Member - Willie , Sydney. - Saturday, Mar 01, 2008 at 09:15

Saturday, Mar 01, 2008 at 09:15
Tjilpi,
I am jealous too . Have a great dinner and spare a thought for me eating chops in cold Sydney.
Willie
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Follow Up By: Kumunara (NT) - Saturday, Mar 01, 2008 at 10:56

Saturday, Mar 01, 2008 at 10:56
Willie


That is why we travel. If you live in Sydney you can travel to another part of Australia - enjoy it. Then go home and wait for the next adventure.

I am lucky - in my job I get to travel from the QLD border to the WA Border. It has it down side though. I have to drive a landcruiser at work.



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Follow Up By: Member - Willie , Sydney. - Saturday, Mar 01, 2008 at 16:39

Saturday, Mar 01, 2008 at 16:39
Yeh , I understand . The Landcruiser would spoil you . Bit hard to get back into the Pootrol on the weekends huh .
Willie .
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Reply By: HGMonaro - Friday, Feb 29, 2008 at 12:08

Friday, Feb 29, 2008 at 12:08
seems ok to me... assuming you don't plonk yourself in the one spot for weeks on end!

a summary* of our 1/2 lap was

97 nights away
58 days travelling (doesn't include day trips or "around town")
17247km (total was 20,231)
240 hours (car running)
avg 297 km/travelling day (high 722, low 88)
avg 4.2hrs car running/travelling day (high 8.2hrs, low 1.6hrs)
avg speed 71.8kph (max 127... in NT!)
3218 litres fuel used (total 3583)
$5255 spent on fuel (based on total)
$1.43/L average (based on total, high $1.97, low $1.19))
18.6 l/100k average travelling (mostly towing)
18.2 l/100k overall average

What I did learn from some of these numbers was that my assumption that I'd average something near my cruise speed (100-110kph) was nowhere near my actual due to slowing down to look at things, toilet stops, etc. I also learnt that when I slowed down I used a good deal less of fuel (managed 15.9 l/100k one day when following in-laws travelling at 90-95kph).


Cheers, Nige

* Stats bought to you be Scangauge II, Excel and me!


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Follow Up By: perthburts - Saturday, Mar 01, 2008 at 00:58

Saturday, Mar 01, 2008 at 00:58
Hi HGMonaro,
What were you travelling in and what were you towing?

Regards Jeff
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Follow Up By: HGMonaro - Sunday, Mar 02, 2008 at 17:29

Sunday, Mar 02, 2008 at 17:29
Hi jeff,

Prado (Petrol... hence the 18L/100km!!!!) towing a Goldstream windup camper.

Cheers, Nige
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Reply By: Member - Oldbaz. NSW. - Friday, Feb 29, 2008 at 13:25

Friday, Feb 29, 2008 at 13:25
No, did 13k in five weeks & had a ball. More time would be good
but didnt have it . Plenty of commuters to Canberra do more than the 200 odd k a day you are contemplating, Go for it & enjoy. ....oldbaz.
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