Gibb River Road open

Submitted: Saturday, May 03, 2008 at 23:10
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The road has been open to 15 tonnes and below for 5 days.
Have already picked up four wrecks. Two due to speed One not driving to conditions and one Fatigue.
Take your time, you are on holidays, Would love to meet a few of the members from on here, but not when I am driving a tilt tray !
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Reply By: Member - Kiwi Kia - Sunday, May 04, 2008 at 07:00

Sunday, May 04, 2008 at 07:00
Can you give us any idea as to what a typical recovery costs ?

Also, are the culprits usually overseas tourists or are they locals that should know better ?

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Reply By: Vivid Adventures - Sunday, May 04, 2008 at 08:29

Sunday, May 04, 2008 at 08:29
Is it wet or has it been muddy?
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Reply By: Oldsquizzy (Kununurra) - Sunday, May 04, 2008 at 09:20

Sunday, May 04, 2008 at 09:20
Not wet or muddy..Dry, hard, corrugated. Speed is main cause on corners, The corners are either corrugated or sandy and at speed either one causes vehicles to go straight instead of turning and at the best of times the windrow is bl00dy close...Once you hit the windrow there are a variety of outcomes..None good.
From one end to the other floodways are abundant..Hit these to fast and you come out the other side with the car lightened and if you get ruts or rocks vehicle is redirected. It is usually correcting the redirection that leads to oops.. Very similar to overcorrecting a slide.
RAC roadside recommended recovery rate is 3.00 a klm on dirt. That doesn't mean that is what it will cost as the degree of difficulty can contribute to cost as well.
Bit like the better the dive the better the score.!
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Follow Up By: Oldsquizzy (Kununurra) - Sunday, May 04, 2008 at 09:22

Sunday, May 04, 2008 at 09:22
Oops and as to locals or tourists.. The Gibb is an equal opportunity road.
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Reply By: VH-GU4 - Monday, May 05, 2008 at 18:44

Monday, May 05, 2008 at 18:44
I just came back from Mt Barnett the other day and the road is in fantastic condition, just been graded but be carefull on all those loose rocks now, as Oldsquizzy said drive to the conditions and you level of experence. And the creeks are still wet so stay on the concrete floodways, i dont want to pull out another hire car from the creek!
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Reply By: Scubaroo - Tuesday, May 06, 2008 at 22:27

Tuesday, May 06, 2008 at 22:27
Fantastic timing - I'll be on it in less than a week.
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Reply By: Leroy - Wednesday, May 07, 2008 at 10:42

Wednesday, May 07, 2008 at 10:42
Squizzy,

What sort of condition is the road generally in later in the season? the family and I will be there in September.

Leroy
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