Road Report - Birdsville & Simpson Desert

Submitted: Wednesday, Jun 11, 2008 at 07:11
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Morning everyone. All roads out of Birdsville Open to 4WD Only - with Extreme Caution this morning. There is still water on the roads and creek crossings. The Simpson Desert will be CLOSED for approximately one week.Walkers Crossing is CLOSED due to very heavy rain on Birdsville Track end.
Weather - still too warm, lots of beatles and insects last night. I still think the next front coming will go south of us, although forecast is for high cloud and patchy light rain later today.
As soon as anything changes I will post.
Simpson Desert travellers - don't be too despondent, things change very quickly (that goes for Walkers as well).
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Reply By: Member - Alan H (QLD) - Wednesday, Jun 11, 2008 at 07:33

Wednesday, Jun 11, 2008 at 07:33
Thanks Ruth for the update

Alan
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Reply By: Brian - Wednesday, Jun 11, 2008 at 07:46

Wednesday, Jun 11, 2008 at 07:46
Many thanks Ruth...
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Reply By: Isuzumu - Wednesday, Jun 11, 2008 at 07:49

Wednesday, Jun 11, 2008 at 07:49
Thanks for that to Ruth. Did you hear how much rain they got down towards Innamincka? I see Thargomindah has had about 50mm up until yesterday.

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Follow Up By: Dasher Des - Wednesday, Jun 11, 2008 at 14:17

Wednesday, Jun 11, 2008 at 14:17
According to Aunty ABC, Innaminka had 36mm on the weekend.
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Follow Up By: Member - Ruth D (QLD) - Wednesday, Jun 11, 2008 at 20:24

Wednesday, Jun 11, 2008 at 20:24
Bruce and Dasher Des - it was drizzly rain in Innamincka this morning and there was 4.5 m over the Causeway!!
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Reply By: Nick R (VIC) - Wednesday, Jun 11, 2008 at 08:39

Wednesday, Jun 11, 2008 at 08:39
Hey Ruth, what do you think the flowers will be doing in the desert in about a month?
will the all be out?
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Follow Up By: Member - Ruth D (QLD) - Wednesday, Jun 11, 2008 at 20:26

Wednesday, Jun 11, 2008 at 20:26
Nick, it's a bit life farming. You buy the seed, hope like hell it's good seed, you plant, it rains and you hope for a 100% strike rate, then you hope for follow-up.
Biggest problem with the flowers (in the past) has been such a long dry that the soil profile was too dry, even with big rain - so hoping for a good strike and then flowers galore in about 4 - 6 weeks.
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Reply By: Member -Signman - Wednesday, Jun 11, 2008 at 08:43

Wednesday, Jun 11, 2008 at 08:43
G'day Ruth
Was speaking with David Olsen (member & advertiser here) on VKS737 Sunday nite.
He was at Mt Dare with 3 tag-a-longs, about to head East.
You may wanna keep a look out for them ??
Although if the Simpson was Closed before he got away- he might have aborted the Crossing !!
Cheers and we'll see ya mid-August...



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Follow Up By: Member - Ruth D (QLD) - Wednesday, Jun 11, 2008 at 20:28

Wednesday, Jun 11, 2008 at 20:28
I saw your report on Sunday (?) about speaking with David - can't imagine he would abandon a trip. Will call Justine tonight and see where he is. He may not be expecting to find us here - but will make sure Justine tells him. He usually has a turn around here with a spare day to r & r so will certainly look out for him.
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Reply By: Wizard1 - Wednesday, Jun 11, 2008 at 08:55

Wednesday, Jun 11, 2008 at 08:55
Here's the website link for the on-line road conditions as well

SA Road Reports
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Reply By: Kiwi & "Mahindra" - Wednesday, Jun 11, 2008 at 13:39

Wednesday, Jun 11, 2008 at 13:39
Is the rain affecting Innamincka and the roads there?? apart from Walkers????
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Follow Up By: Dasher Des - Wednesday, Jun 11, 2008 at 14:28

Wednesday, Jun 11, 2008 at 14:28
No KIWI, the roads will be fine if your coming from the southern half of the continent. Regardless of conditions between now and the gathering, The roads from Qld for Sir Kev and Darkie will remain permanantly closed. He cant dip down south and try to come in the same way as us as he will be rejected as an alien immediately he tries to cross the border. Now that will make the week far more pleasant for you wont it. LOL
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Follow Up By: Kiwi & "Mahindra" - Wednesday, Jun 11, 2008 at 15:00

Wednesday, Jun 11, 2008 at 15:00
we gotta let him through....he owes me 8 rums!!!!
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Follow Up By: Dasher Des - Wednesday, Jun 11, 2008 at 15:05

Wednesday, Jun 11, 2008 at 15:05
It would almost worth the price not to have him there. maybe he could just post you a bottle of Bundy and you could drink it on your own. I could help you out a bit if you needed help.
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Reply By: Member - John L (WA) - Wednesday, Jun 11, 2008 at 19:38

Wednesday, Jun 11, 2008 at 19:38
Glad to hear Thargomindah has had rain - last I heard the drought was so bad they had to close one lane of their swimming pool!
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Follow Up By: Member - Ruth D (QLD) - Wednesday, Jun 11, 2008 at 20:29

Wednesday, Jun 11, 2008 at 20:29
Ha ha - very funny. They've had good rain!
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Reply By: Willem - Thursday, Jun 12, 2008 at 18:37

Thursday, Jun 12, 2008 at 18:37
Beatles?


You are showing your age, dearie.....



hahahahahahahahaha............................................


Cheers
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Follow Up By: Member - Ruth D (QLD) - Thursday, Jun 12, 2008 at 19:35

Thursday, Jun 12, 2008 at 19:35
Did I write beatles when I meant beetles - what a laugh. Why should I worry - I'm the one who won the the ABC Radio Longreach music competition two Tuesdays ago and won a double CD and DVD of One Hit Wonders from Countdown - and apart from The Ferrets I'd heard most of the groups. So there! It has been very peaceful while you were away.
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Follow Up By: Gone Bush (WA) - Thursday, Jun 12, 2008 at 19:41

Thursday, Jun 12, 2008 at 19:41
I can see that branding iron aiming at a second butt at Innamincka.

Better drag out those asbestos jocks, Willem.

I've got mine.

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Reply By: Gone Bush (WA) - Thursday, Jun 12, 2008 at 19:06

Thursday, Jun 12, 2008 at 19:06
Just had a satphone call from friends camping at Farina.

They have been told that the Birdsville Track north of Mungerannie is chopped up to blazes. Big job ahead for the maintenance people.

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Follow Up By: Member - Ruth D (QLD) - Thursday, Jun 12, 2008 at 19:40

Thursday, Jun 12, 2008 at 19:40
Stephen - do you have friends?
The Birdsville Track is chopped up - because a number of people have been bogged in the middle of it for some days - with broken trailers and trailers with wheel bearings damaged and wheel nuts lost. It was also opened way too soon - Open to 4WD with Extreme Caution (usually means - no towing). Now I am able to tell you that the graders are ready to go on the section Mungerannie to Birdsville border - very lucky! It will make for a good grade because there is moisture on the Track.
YOu still coming to Innamincka because you and DD are 'in for it'?
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Reply By: Gone Bush (WA) - Thursday, Jun 12, 2008 at 19:43

Thursday, Jun 12, 2008 at 19:43
Oh how cruel !!

I thought I had two friends in Birdsville.

I'm just going to curl up in the corner and sulk now.

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Follow Up By: Gone Bush (WA) - Thursday, Jun 12, 2008 at 19:44

Thursday, Jun 12, 2008 at 19:44
DD ??

Not the banned one and his offsider, surely.
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Follow Up By: Member - Ruth D (QLD) - Thursday, Jun 12, 2008 at 21:11

Thursday, Jun 12, 2008 at 21:11
Did I miss something - what's he banned for?
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