simpson desert crossing

Submitted: Monday, Apr 07, 2008 at 12:48
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A mate just rang to say he crossed the simpson from west to east
Very hard going he is pretty sure he was the first to cross this season.

More details when I see him next week.

All the best
Eric
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Reply By: Member - Stephen L (SA) - Monday, Apr 07, 2008 at 13:15

Monday, Apr 07, 2008 at 13:15
Hi Eric
Still very early for a Simpson crossing. He would have had hot weather and very soft sand to contend with. When you are the first through, he would have had to make a few new tracks of his own, as the tracks from last season would have been blown over in sections, and would have had trouble at the top of the dunes with the lips that drop way.


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Follow Up By: Eric from Cape York Connections - Monday, Apr 07, 2008 at 13:31

Monday, Apr 07, 2008 at 13:31
He has just rang me again for more of and up date.
He drives a prado 2.7 litr he used 100 lts neat and did the french line and it was very hard going he saw 2 cars at Popells crn and thats it there were no tracks and he did it all on maps no gps and all on his own.
Saw 2 camels
And thats it.
He bumped into Pesty at Mt dare.
His parting words were never again on his own.

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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (SA) - Monday, Apr 07, 2008 at 13:40

Monday, Apr 07, 2008 at 13:40
Hi Eric,
He is a brave man for doing it solo. Was Pesty going across? as he has been both sides a few times, but never all the way through. I have told Steve that he must make the complete crossing, as he will have a ball.


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Follow Up By: Eric from Cape York Connections - Monday, Apr 07, 2008 at 13:44

Monday, Apr 07, 2008 at 13:44
He realizes now he was mad and pesty was working at mount dare.

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Follow Up By: Voxson - Monday, Apr 07, 2008 at 13:58

Monday, Apr 07, 2008 at 13:58
Hi Eric,
Are you getting ready for another Cape trip this year? or maybe even several?
I am heading up again as i cant seem to stay away from the place.
I heard they are getting across The Archer already??? Is that true?
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Follow Up By: Eric from Cape York Connections - Monday, Apr 07, 2008 at 14:02

Monday, Apr 07, 2008 at 14:02
Yep Voxson have to go again will be there from 15th jine for 20 days only one trip a year to the cape.
What dates will you be there.

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Follow Up By: Voxson - Monday, Apr 07, 2008 at 16:07

Monday, Apr 07, 2008 at 16:07
We are leaving Pt Douglas on 12th June.

I have a burning question,,,,,,
I see a sign for Salties at the shallow Pascoe crossing but no sign at the deep crossing round the corner.
Is it they are not expected in that part of the Pascoe,,,, Frenchmans Track..????? or are they common there also???
Because everyone is so willy nilly when they are crossing there...

I have seen a salty with its nose into a strong current right next to a causeway... Fast flowing water didnt seem to bother that one..
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Follow Up By: Eric from Cape York Connections - Monday, Apr 07, 2008 at 19:28

Monday, Apr 07, 2008 at 19:28
Hi voxson I wouldnt like to say were they are or are not just in case you get bitten. Ya know what I mean.

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Eric
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Follow Up By: Voxson - Monday, Apr 07, 2008 at 23:09

Monday, Apr 07, 2008 at 23:09
I am hearing you. Thanks.
What are you driving this year?
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Follow Up By: Eric from Cape York Connections - Tuesday, Apr 08, 2008 at 06:23

Tuesday, Apr 08, 2008 at 06:23
A sleek fast looking Brown 60 series.

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Reply By: Member - Doug T (FNQ) - Monday, Apr 07, 2008 at 15:12

Monday, Apr 07, 2008 at 15:12
I was out there Easter 2006 and there quite a few coming East

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Reply By: Gossy - Monday, Apr 07, 2008 at 15:47

Monday, Apr 07, 2008 at 15:47
I did it for the first time less than 12 months ago and it was quite busy. It would be nice to do it in a quieter time of the season. Heading back again in 8 weeks (party of 2 cars and 1 motorbike). OUr last trip involved 6 riders but one fell off so I had to race him into birdsville for evacuation.
As the convoy was one car short they were short for seating so I went back the next day to meet up with them. About 5 hours of driving west to east before coming across them. I must admit the driving was exactly the same as going the other way so I'm not sure why people say it's harder.
Can't wait to get back there again. 1st June leave Adel for 2 weeks :)
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Reply By: Member - Pesty (SA) - Monday, Apr 07, 2008 at 16:50

Monday, Apr 07, 2008 at 16:50
Hi Eric,
Great that your mate made it, ( sorry forgot his name) he was a bit worried I think about doing it on his own, he was hoping to meet up with some more travellers and tag along.
The story is not quite right, we were at Dalhousie not Mt Dare, and we had a day off from our work/travels and made a 24 hr dash for a swim from Oodnadatta.
He would be on cloud nine now that he made it.
Will put together a post tonight on our trip with fuel prices and road conditions.

Cheersd Pesty
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Follow Up By: Eric from Cape York Connections - Monday, Apr 07, 2008 at 19:26

Monday, Apr 07, 2008 at 19:26
Hi pesty his name is greg he is buzzing about the crossing and he said he was pretty scared.

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Eric
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Follow Up By: Member - Pesty (SA) - Monday, Apr 07, 2008 at 19:57

Monday, Apr 07, 2008 at 19:57
Thanks Eric,
Yes I bet he is stoked, thanks for letting us know, wondered how he got on.

Cheers Pesty
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Reply By: Member - Jinki & Harry - Tuesday, Apr 08, 2008 at 21:18

Tuesday, Apr 08, 2008 at 21:18
Hi Eric

We are heading off on Friday this week for Mildura then Broken Hill to meet 9 other vehicles to do an east to west crossing from Birdsville. Do you believe it is not as hard going crossing from east to west?

Safety in numbers hence the reason we are tagging along in a group. Have done other areas by ourselves but felt this might be risky.

We have done Cape York by MV Trinity!! - however, want to do the road, even though we are retired and have plenty of time
finding the right time and season is hard as there is so much to see and do out there.

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Follow Up By: Eric from Cape York Connections - Wednesday, Apr 09, 2008 at 06:27

Wednesday, Apr 09, 2008 at 06:27
I didnt do the trip but my mate did it on his own and got to the other end with not to much trouble it was just hard work.

As he said he would have loved to do it with another couple of 4x4s

Did you do the cape up and back on the Trinity

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Follow Up By: Member - Jinki & Harry - Wednesday, Apr 09, 2008 at 12:50

Wednesday, Apr 09, 2008 at 12:50
Yes, we did the Trinity both ways - it was a great trip, especially liked watching the unloading of containers at Lockhart River, and seeing just what supplies were being delivered, such as lettuces and babies nappies!!!

Harry doesn't want to drive our vehicle on the roads up there so, the only way we'll do it will be with a tour operator - is that the sort of thing you do?

Enjoy your helpful and interesting comments on the forum. Find the Forum useful.

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