Around Oz in 5 days

Submitted: Friday, May 09, 2008 at 13:22
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Today's Courier Mail (Qld) has a write up on a guy heading off to the USA for the 17 600km, eleven day, Iron Butt Rally on a motor bike.
He says he doesn't speed.
The part I found interesting was his warm up. It was a trip around Australia of 12 400km in 5 days in a Nissan Pathfinder.
I'm no rocket surgeon, but this seems like a pretty good effort, especially in a vehicle that seems to suffer a bit of credibility by Toyota owners.
But I guess Doug and Dusty could do it in two days without refuelling, so maybe it wasn't that big a deal after all.
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Reply By: Member - Troll 81 (QLD) - Friday, May 09, 2008 at 13:31

Friday, May 09, 2008 at 13:31
that's 2480 km per day

When does he sleep
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Follow Up By: brushmarx - Friday, May 09, 2008 at 13:41

Friday, May 09, 2008 at 13:41
He took his wife, but I don't know whether that would be a help or hindrance.
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Follow Up By: Member - Serg (VIC) - Friday, May 09, 2008 at 13:41

Friday, May 09, 2008 at 13:41
Yep, total rubbish. It is impossible without overspeeding. I have done many times Melbourne-Gold Coast in one day (1750 km, 2 am - 9 to 10 pm) and I can assure anyone that driving next day the same distance is simple suicide.

Serg
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Follow Up By: Trevor R (QLD) - Friday, May 09, 2008 at 14:59

Friday, May 09, 2008 at 14:59
"He took his wife, but I don't know whether that would be a help or hindrance."

Is it any wonder he done it in 5 days......I would want it to end as soon as possible too LOL!!!!

Solo, it is regularly done, 9000km in 7 days (plenty of truckies do it just don't tell the RTA) but 12500km in 5 days?????? would have to be a two up situation and a regular "tip" over the legal speed necessary.

Serg is right, after one huge day (like his Melb-G.C) it is suicide to get behind the wheel within about 12hrs and even after this time, it is still a task for most people.

Regards, Trevor.
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Follow Up By: lifeisgood - Friday, May 09, 2008 at 21:51

Friday, May 09, 2008 at 21:51
If true the words "Bloody Idiots " come to mind ?
Going beyond any sensible human fatigue limits should only place oneself at risk --- not other roadusers.
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Reply By: Kumunara (NT) - Friday, May 09, 2008 at 13:33

Friday, May 09, 2008 at 13:33
Brushmarx


The question then is:

Does the Pathfinder lack credibility or is it the Toyota owners.



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Follow Up By: brushmarx - Friday, May 09, 2008 at 13:39

Friday, May 09, 2008 at 13:39
One thing I have discovered, you can't criticise Toyota owners.
They don't seem to have a sense of humour, but after paying the penalty extra price for having the three ovals on the front of a vehicle, I guess they don't have much to smile about.
How does that other thing go?... oh heah... lol.
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Follow Up By: Member - Tessa (NSW) - Friday, May 09, 2008 at 18:28

Friday, May 09, 2008 at 18:28
Why would you call a Jackaroo a Monterey or is that just because you have paid the penalty extra price for the extra plastic bits.
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Follow Up By: brushmarx - Saturday, May 10, 2008 at 08:51

Saturday, May 10, 2008 at 08:51
Hi Tessa
Yep, got sucked in by the Monterey's girlie stupid looking alloy wheels.
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Reply By: Willem - Friday, May 09, 2008 at 13:52

Friday, May 09, 2008 at 13:52
So about 103kmh nonstop....yeah!

No refuelling, nor sleeping


Maybe he did a couple of laps of Tasmania!....lol



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Follow Up By: DIO - Friday, May 09, 2008 at 14:08

Friday, May 09, 2008 at 14:08
YEAH 103km/ph for 24 hrs a day for 5 days. As they say ..'in yer dreams !'
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Follow Up By: Garbutt - Friday, May 09, 2008 at 14:27

Friday, May 09, 2008 at 14:27
Perhaps that claim shows that he lacks credibility, not his car.

GB
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Reply By: Gramps (NSW) - Friday, May 09, 2008 at 15:03

Friday, May 09, 2008 at 15:03
Hmmm more like 15 days and a Courier Mail credibility problem.

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Reply By: Member -Signman - Friday, May 09, 2008 at 15:56

Friday, May 09, 2008 at 15:56
Quite a few years ago, I was given the opportunity of doing a quick trip ‘Around the Block’. The list of towns below belies the fact that of the 19000kms- about 70% was off the black-top, and a lot of that was through some pretty rough country including semi-desert stuff. If you care to plot it out, you’ll find it ain’t the shortest way ‘round either.

MELBOURNE- Tooborac- Bendigo- Ballarat- Hamilton- Heywood- Mt. Gambier- Bordertwon- (Big Desert)- Pinnaroo- Renmark- Kingston- Murray Bridge- ADELAIDE- South Flinders- Yunta- Curnamona- Broken Hill- Frome Downs- Maree- William Creek- Kingoonya- (Trans Cont Rlwy)- Maralinga- Nullabor- Eucla- Mundrabilla- Cocklebiddy- Rawlina- Kalgoorlie- Lake King- PERTH- Geralton- Meekathara- (via 1000 creeks)- Newman- (Karinja NP)- Wittenoon- Pt.Hedland- (Shay Gap)- Broome- Derby- (Gibb Riv. Rd- 516km in 5 hrs /night)- Kunnanurra- Katherine- DARWIN- Mt. Goyder- Pine Ck- Katherine- Mataranka- Roper Bar- Booraloola- Wollogorang- Burketown- Camooweal- Mt Isa- BangBang- Croydon- Georgetown- Mt Surprise- Cairns- Mt Garnet- Mt Fox- Ingham- TOWNSVILLE- Bowen- Collinsville- Mackay- Marlborough- Rockhampton- Maryborough- Brisbane to SYDNEY (via numerous forestry tracks along the mountains)- Goulburn- Canberra- Cooma- Bombala- Delegate- Wulgalmerang- (snow!!)- Buchan- Omeo- Towanga- Yackkandandah- Albury- then blacktop to MELBOURNE.

Total Distance- just over 19000km. Time: 14 days Melbourne to Melbourne.
Repairs: 12 destroyed tyres by Perth (supplied Yokohama)- changed to Uniroyal with no further problems. Clutch at Broken Hill & Perth where we realized the wrong unit had been installed originally. Gearbox rebuild at Mt Isa.
Vehicle: 2WD, 4-cylinder Datto !!!!!!

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Follow Up By: brushmarx - Friday, May 09, 2008 at 16:02

Friday, May 09, 2008 at 16:02
Are you the one they wrote that annoying "I've been Everywhere" song about?
But after all those places, why would you want to destroy a perfectly good holiday and go back to Melbourne?
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Follow Up By: dedabato (SA) - Friday, May 09, 2008 at 18:42

Friday, May 09, 2008 at 18:42
Mate,,,, My good God. 1357 km every day ?? On top of it - 12 tyres change and replace, clutch at Broken Hill and Perth and than G/Box rebuild at Mt.Isa !!!! and 'not to mention' 70% of 19000 km on the dirt road and various tracks ........... Mate, you probably drove 25 hrs per day 7 days a week ( I know, I know. You started hour earlier every day, Rite ? ) All I can say is - I wish I can do it.....

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Follow Up By: tukka - Friday, May 09, 2008 at 20:07

Friday, May 09, 2008 at 20:07
What the hell did you do that for? Didint wanna see anything obviously, how did you manage to do the Gibb in 5 hours though, that is quite a feat. Obviously YOU were speeding, ha ha.
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Follow Up By: HGMonaro - Friday, May 09, 2008 at 20:36

Friday, May 09, 2008 at 20:36
Repco Reliability Trial in a Datto 1600?
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Reply By: Member - Nev (TAS) - Friday, May 09, 2008 at 18:01

Friday, May 09, 2008 at 18:01
Did this guy claim 5 consecutive days? Seems a bit far stretched that he didn't speed especially seeing as he would have to (legally) slow to 60 in a lot of towns and cities.

rgds
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Reply By: Member - Duncan W (WA) - Friday, May 09, 2008 at 21:29

Friday, May 09, 2008 at 21:29
If he reckoned around Oz is 12400km he must of found a huge short cut. To suggest he could travel that distance in 5 days he would have to be a moron and whoever believed him an even bigger one.
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Reply By: Member - Richard K (NSW) - Saturday, May 10, 2008 at 00:27

Saturday, May 10, 2008 at 00:27
There used to be a (slightly illicit) record for doing a lap by motorcycle.. I was in a motorcycle club with a couple of guys who had the record at various times over the years, one guy did it in 15 days on a Honda SL125 trailbike (!) back in the 70's and another guy in the late 70's/early 80's on a CB750 Honda set a time around the 9 day mark. I remember him telling stories of riding full pelt for 48 hours, grabbing 3 hours sleep then doing it again - crazy!!!
At one stage the record was held by a copper who did it in 7 days or so (but he didn't speed of course..ROFLMAO!!!) and the last I heard was that the record had been (un)officially abandoned/condemned after a few people developed TRDI (Terminal Rapid Deceleration Illness) after forgetting to stay awake and hitting various obstacles...
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Follow Up By: Axel [ the real one ] - Saturday, May 10, 2008 at 15:11

Saturday, May 10, 2008 at 15:11
A record set in the late 70s was on a Kawasaki 1300 Sydney to Sydney anticlockwise basiclally on h/way 1 ,close to 21,000 klm in 14 days ,, rider had "backup"from the MRA and some limited help from various police ,, tyre changes ,services done while cat napping 4 hrs every 24.
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Reply By: Members - Chris/Lindsay (VIC) - Saturday, May 10, 2008 at 11:14

Saturday, May 10, 2008 at 11:14
We took 357 days and still think you need more time. This guy can't be for real. He would have endangered many lives. We are not amused. It's funny how different our perspectives can be. I admire those who really take in the trip. You may as well watch a video in fast forward if you just drive.
Christine.
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Reply By: Member - Davoe (Yalgoo) - Saturday, May 10, 2008 at 17:53

Saturday, May 10, 2008 at 17:53
Depending on when it was done he could have taken advantage of the open speed limmit in the NT and still not sped
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