Off for the Winter

Submitted: Sunday, Apr 19, 2009 at 08:20
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It is that time of year again when the Troopie get a change over from 5 months of Vic High Country trips to 5 months of outback desert trips.

The filling of Lake Eyre and the greening of the desert will have me out about 2 weeks earlier than usual but it would be worth it, as this event does not come around too often.

Over the next few weeks the Troopie will get a full check over, the rear seats removed and a good clean throughout before being packed with all the outback gear that will keep me on the move over some of the best tracks that Australia has to offer.

In the mean time the 4WD show at Rosehill is on the agenda for today and next weekend.

Wayne

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Reply By: Trevor R (QLD) - Sunday, Apr 19, 2009 at 08:53

Sunday, Apr 19, 2009 at 08:53
Hi Wayne,

Hope it another safe and enjoyable season for you and your clients. The Lake Eyre spectacle would be something to behold.

Out of interest, how many k's have you clocked up in your troopy now? It seems like it has had a true "4wd life" and deserves all the pampering it gets when not on the back roads of Oz.

Best regards,
Trevor.
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Follow Up By: Wayne (NSW) - Wednesday, Apr 22, 2009 at 08:53

Wednesday, Apr 22, 2009 at 08:53
Trevor,

The Troopie has clocked up about 223,000km. So far no major problems with the vehicle.

The change over for the vehicle set up from Vic High Country trips to outback trips takes about 7 days, so I like to start as soon as possible just in case I get called in for my other part time job.

Once the vehicle has been packed, washed and polished, the GPS will be set for Nyngan for the start of the first trip.

Wayne

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Reply By: Willem - Sunday, Apr 19, 2009 at 10:00

Sunday, Apr 19, 2009 at 10:00
G'day Wayne

Enjoy your meanderings. Might even bump into you out there in the Never Never as we will be in the deserts for a couple of months this year.


Cheers
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Follow Up By: Wayne (NSW) - Wednesday, Apr 22, 2009 at 09:00

Wednesday, Apr 22, 2009 at 09:00
Willem,

Hope you have a trouble free adventure this year.

I will be about from Broom to Broken Hill so we just might meet up sometime this year.

Wayne
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Reply By: Tenpounder - Sunday, Apr 19, 2009 at 18:42

Sunday, Apr 19, 2009 at 18:42
Hi Wayne.
All I can say to you is that your are cruel, and unfair, to gloat in this way.
But make the best of it, my friend, and have a ball.

Chris
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Follow Up By: Wayne (NSW) - Wednesday, Apr 22, 2009 at 09:11

Wednesday, Apr 22, 2009 at 09:11
Chris,

While I would admit that what I do can be very rewarding and I am lucky to be able to travel Australia as part of a job it also has a down side.

As soon as I find out what that downs side is, I will let you know. :-))

Wayne
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Reply By: Member - Vivien C (VIC) - Wednesday, Apr 22, 2009 at 10:35

Wednesday, Apr 22, 2009 at 10:35
Wayne,

I hope you have another enjoyable season out in the desert country.

We head off August 1st to travel across the Gunbarrel and then on to the Canning Stock Route. I think you will have finished your trip in those parts by then but if not, it would be nice to see you and your group somewhere along the way. We'll keep a watch out for you.

Thanks for the advice you've given re the Canning. I've been fortunate enough to have the loan of the Gard's book and the Australian Geographic plus I bought the Explore Australia Adventure Tracks myself. We're getting very keen to head off and today is the beginning of our countdown from 100 days.

All the best for your travels

Viv

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Reply By: Richard W (NSW) - Wednesday, Apr 22, 2009 at 18:15

Wednesday, Apr 22, 2009 at 18:15
Wayne,

Have fun.
Heading off myself for 5 weeks on Tuesday, through the Flinders and then mostly around Central Australia. Back home for 3 weeks before heading for Cape York for another 5 weeks then doing The Bourke Outback Trek for 3 weeks in October which goes to the Centre this year.
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