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Subaru Extreme 8 Deserts Challenge ...

Post by Bantum » Sat Feb 20, 2016 4:12 am

For those not following on FB, there are a group of misfits organising a trip later this year to travel the desert country of central Oz.
Driving 10500kms through some of the harshest roughest tracks in Australia. Including the Canning Stock Route, Strezleki Tr, Oodnadatta Tr, Birdsville Tr, Simpson Desert, Tanami Desert, Sturts Stony Desert, and many more. This challenge has never been done before in one continuous trip, especially not all with one make of vehicle.
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Note : May have to come back & fix image as FB like to randomise links ... :(

Add : FB link : https://www.facebook.com/NoJourneyIsTooBigor2Hard/

Will post more details as they come to hand ... :)

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First get together ...

Post by Bantum » Sat Feb 20, 2016 4:21 am

There is a 'gathering' of interested parties to be held at the QLD 4wd Club general meeting on Monday evening, 22nd Feb ... ( link here )

Add : FB Page : https://www.facebook.com/groups/subaclubqld/

Not sure what they are presenting yet but worth turning up for ... :)

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Post by vincentvega » Sun Feb 21, 2016 8:15 pm

bugger im OS. Would like to meet those guys
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Draft logo ...

Post by Bantum » Sun Feb 21, 2016 10:55 pm

Did a draft logo for the guys ...

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Post by Bantum » Tue Mar 01, 2016 11:40 am

Got some photos to post up here later, there is a itinerary available also for those interested, see the FB site ...

Add : Update on the Logo, they have gone with this :

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Post by El_Freddo » Tue Mar 01, 2016 9:10 pm

Yeah Nachaluva posted a thread about this a couple of months ago. I'm trying to forget it as I so desperately want to be a part of this trip in Ruby Scoo!

Three things holding me back: funds, work and family - pretty much in that order!

It'll be an epic epic trip that's for sure and one of the best ways to see central Australia in a very unique way!

Cheers and all the best to those going - commiserations to those that are not but want to be :(

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Post by Bantum » Thu Mar 03, 2016 1:57 am

A few photos as promised ...

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Post by Kalbarri_baru » Thu Mar 03, 2016 5:01 pm

Looks awesome, count me in if there is ever an 8 beaches run lol.

Cheers WayneO..............
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Post by Bantum » Fri Mar 04, 2016 5:09 am

Hmmm ... beach / desert - same stuff as both have sand, just one is wetter ... :p

P.S. - The QLD Subi 4WD Club gave the guys some monies towards their charity ( I forget the names )

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Add : Club Tres. & Gregg ...

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Post by Kalbarri_baru » Sat Mar 05, 2016 8:22 pm

Bantum wrote:Hmmm ... beach / desert - same stuff as both have sand, just one is wetter ... :p
And has Fish...............
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Post by Silverbullet » Thu Mar 10, 2016 9:51 pm

For those who aren't following the FB page

http://www.thesatellite.com.au/news/sub ... -/2959810/

These blokes might make it into the record books?!? Truly awesome thing to see, some guys in 3 old Subarus - almost brings a tear to my eye :)
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Heading off ...

Post by Bantum » Mon Jun 20, 2016 8:13 am

Well its been a wet start & things haven't exactly gone according to plan.

The guys before heading off :

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L to R Standing : Phil Nelis, Jim, Gregg Chapman, - , Garnet (Tiny) Allwright , - , Matt
Squatting : -, -, -, -, Andy, Agustinus Yogiyono, -


Some of the crew :

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Scooby Doo in the show room :

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Will post up some more pictures / details when I can ... ��

Welcome to post any details of their travels ... ��

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Some Line Up ...

Post by Bantum » Mon Jun 20, 2016 6:04 pm

Phil & Bee Doo :

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DIV08 :

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The Hulk :

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Matt :

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Sorry I didn't get all the names ( will come back to add them later )

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Post by El_Freddo » Mon Jun 20, 2016 7:06 pm

I'd so love to be on this trip. Blasted work :evil:

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Post by El_Freddo » Wed Jul 20, 2016 9:06 pm

Any updates on this Bantum?

I'm sure it's all done and dusted by now - I haven't heard anything at all :(

I've been meaning to text Nachaluva to see how he's going and how the crew are going but never got around to it :evil:

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Trip Reports ...

Post by Bantum » Wed Jul 20, 2016 10:21 pm

Yep - They just got back last week, sorry I haven't got round to posting up any photos of their journey yet ( see FB for more ) + I'm waiting for the man 'Tiny' to do a trip report some time later this week ... :)

It'll be interesting to see what stories come out of the trip, as it was pretty eventful as far as I know - More to come for sure ... ;)


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Post by Silverbullet » Wed Jul 20, 2016 10:27 pm

Yes I think they've finished now, they posted regular updates and photos on their FB page. Looks like they had alot of roadside repairs! :eek:

*Edit* Wrote this, minutes earlier Bantum has already said the same thing :rolleyes:
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Post by Bumpty » Thu Jul 21, 2016 3:32 pm

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Post by AusTas75 » Sat Jul 23, 2016 7:19 pm

They went really well the corrogations from what I read took there toll on some of the cars and a rim cracked but they did one hell of a job doing it hats off to all of them

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Dinner & Tales ...

Post by Bantum » Sat Jul 23, 2016 11:32 pm

I've been advised there will be dinner later this weekend, where I'll hope to get a few more details / stories to tell ... :twisted:

Crew after their feed :

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L to R :Matt, -, Gregg, Andy, Tiny, Yogi, -, Phil, -


Should be able to post up some more trip pictures later also ... ;)


Cheers, Bantum ...

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Post by pezimm » Sun Jul 24, 2016 11:04 am

I'm really hoping someone in the team was assigned as the recorder of all events good and bad and that we will get a chance to read a detailed account of the entire journey with photos, maps, videos, quotes, etc.

Subaru Australia would be pretty silly to let something like this go unnoticed!

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Day 1 … Friday - 17 June 2016

Post by Bantum » Wed Jul 27, 2016 3:03 am

Ok - For those not on FB, The following is an edited down version from the No Journey Is Too Big or 2 Hard site ...
The goal today is some 948kms to Thargomindah.

We started at Mt Ommaney Brisbane, stopped along the Moonie Hwy for some school kids about 260kms from Brisbane. Made a Pit stop at St George Bakery for a bit of tucker, then ran into some CV issues between St George & Cunnamulla, so when we eventually got to Cunnamulla we went and did a bit of searching for spares, found and purchased a White Brumby off a really nice bloke call John. We then used the CV's out of it to get The Hulk & Shaggy on the road again - Notice the brown water the boys were working in - it rained until the next day. After spending a lovely afternoon & evening in Cunnamulla we continue on to Thargomindah - Another 197kms at night in the pouring rain and the possibility of flooding roads. 17 hours, 948kms and flooding rain we made it to Thargomindah. We had a motel booked and the wonderful staff kept the restaurant open for us until we all had a feed - Big thank you to the Oasis Motel Thargomindah.
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Add : I may have to re-upload the images somewhere / update the links later ...


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Day 2 ... Saturday - 18 June 2016

Post by Bantum » Wed Jul 27, 2016 3:34 am

There were major disruptions to the planned route, so they had to improvise :
Big change in plans - We had a team meeting this morning discussing our options, as it was there was only one option - that was to turn back to Cunnamulla and drive further south, and try and get clear of the weather and road closures. All our other options to drive west from Thargomindah where closed as you can see from the photos. Our new goal today is to travel 613kms south to Cobar NSW via Cunnamulla & Bourke. Along the Mitchell Hwy we passed a lot of Army vehicles and stop to help a nice old fella pull his trailer out of a ditch, and the Flash has to replace a front CV while we were there.
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More to come when they appear on FB ... :D

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Day 3 ... Sunday - 19 June 2016

Post by Bantum » Wed Jul 27, 2016 4:29 am

The following post is bits that I have gleamed from posts on FB - I'll add more commentary later :
888kms Cobar NSW to Hawker SA via Broken Hill
Continuation of the diversion :
With the massive rains and tracks closed all over the place, we've had to head a long way south to skirt around them. We went through Broken Hill, NSW to Hawker, SA. Made it to Hawker overnight, with several VERY close calls with kangaroos and a torn CV boot.
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Short stay at the hotel ...

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DIV08 being operated on ...

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No ideas on why ? ...

More to add here later ...

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Day 4 ... Monday - 20 June 2016

Post by Bantum » Wed Jul 27, 2016 4:41 am

Nearly back on route :
716 kms Hawker SA to Coober Pedy SA via Port Augusta SA ...
I may have this in wrong order, but some shots from the pit stops along the Hwy :

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Made it to the underground city ...

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More to add later ...

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Day 5 ... Tuesday - 21 June 2016

Post by Bantum » Wed Jul 27, 2016 4:44 am

No major setbacks on this leg of journey ...
736kms Coober Pedy to Uluru (Ayers Rock) NT ...
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Ready for the sunset show ...

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Thought I saw a Dingo ... ;)

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Red Center ... :cool:

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Cloudy Sunset ... :D

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Day 6 ... Wednesday - 22 June 2016

Post by Bantum » Wed Jul 27, 2016 4:49 am

The real adventure begins :
340kms Uluru (Ayers Rock) NT to Warakurna Roadhouse WA via the WA/NT Border
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Getting near the WA boarder ...

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Convoy ...

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At the roadhouse ...

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Day 7 ... Thursday - 23 June 2016

Post by Bantum » Wed Jul 27, 2016 4:52 am

Start of the Gunbarrel Hwy ...
345kms Warakurna Roadhouse ( Giles Meteorological Station ) to Warburton WA via the old Gunbarrel Hwy
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Prepping for the next leg ...

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Nearly half way there ...

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Day 8 ... Friday - 24 June 2016

Post by Bantum » Sun Jul 31, 2016 2:19 pm

Only gets harder from here ...
163kms Warburton WA back to the old Gunbarrel Hwy via the Heather Hwy ...
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Corrugations ...

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Camp setup ...

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Awesome sunset ...

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Day 9 ... Saturday - 25 June 2016

Post by Bantum » Sun Jul 31, 2016 2:30 pm

Slow going ...
We only covered 87.5kms from last night camp site on the old Gunbarrel Hwy to the junction of the old Gunbarrel & Gary Hwys via Len Beadell Monument on Mount Beadell WA ...
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More corrugations ...

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Rough Road ahead ...

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Mount Beadell ...

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Lost a Trailer ? ...

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Some roadside repairs ...

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Disaster!! The bolts snapped on the lift kit on the rear of The Hulk, the treacherous Gunbarrel Hwy claims another victim ...
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Long pit stop this one ...

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Classic camp oven ...

More to come ...

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Day 10 ... Sunday 26 June 2016

Post by Bantum » Sun Jul 31, 2016 2:46 pm

Not many photos for this day ... ( as yet )

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Yeah in the middle a bloody nowhere !!
Appears to be a Rest day - I'll come back and fill in the other days as data comes available ...

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Day 11 ... Monday - 27 June 2016

Post by Bantum » Sun Jul 31, 2016 3:01 pm

The Journey resumes ( Sort of )
142kms from the Eagle Hwy junction to the Burnt Out Nissan as marked on Hema Maps Great Desert Tracks-North West, another breakdown this time not the cars fault, I just didn't see the hidden Termite mounds in the middle of the track hidden under or behind the Spinifex. I hit 2 of them over the course of the day and we notice that they started to tear out the captive nuts out of the chassis on the front passenger side, 6 hours later all fixed! We camp on the track that night.
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Termite mounds are a feature on the Gary Hwy. They look great, but are right on the edge of the track and are dangerous ! They're hard as concrete and the smaller ones are often hidden in spinifex clumps right on the edge of the track. Hit one and you'll cause major damage ... !
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Tall spinifex are a feature on this section of the Gary Hwy. The clumps are very sharp and spiny! The reason for the CV boot guards ...
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Long Grass ...

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More roadside repairs ...

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Disaster ! Camp is set up on the track itself for emergency repairs ...
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More repairs ...

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Some Bush craft mechanics ...

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Testing the drone out ...

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Day 12 ... Tuesday - 28 July 2016

Post by Bantum » Sun Jul 31, 2016 3:02 pm

Not sure exactly where they are here, ready for next leg of the trip ...
128kms from the Burnt Out Nissan Patrol the Gary Hwy to the Kunawarritji Community The Canning Stock Route WA.
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Bumpy Track ...

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Camels ...

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More Corrugations ...

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Nearly there ...

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Kunawarritji Community ...

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Relaxed & chilled out group ...

Note : I may have got the order of some of these wrong, as there's no dates on them ... :/

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Day 13 ... Wednesday - 29 June 2016

Post by Bantum » Sun Jul 31, 2016 3:28 pm

555kms from The Kunawarritji Community taking The Canning Stock Route WA to Kintore ( Walungurru ) NT via the Red Center Way ...
Back on the road, it's not long before the corrugations strike again. This time a hole in Shaggy's radiator. Also cracks in one of Phil's wheels on the Brumby ...
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It leaks ...

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More roadside repairs ...

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Another Camel ...

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Cracked Wheel ...

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Kiwirrkurra community ...

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Pumping fuel from The Hulk's extra 80L tank to The Flash ...

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At the boarder ...

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Day 14 ... Thursday - 30 June 2016

Post by Bantum » Sun Jul 31, 2016 3:55 pm

More rough roads - traveling from Kiwirrkurra community to Alice Springs ...
539kms Kintore to Alice Springs NT via the Red Center Way & The Tanami Track.
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Getting ready for the day's drive in to Alice Springs, then disaster #3. So lucky the Brumby didn't roll, Phil did a brilliant job to keep control!!
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Pulling out the axle for the welded rear diff on Supa Roo...

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Then we notice the rear CV is shot, so we mix and match axles to get him going ...
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Disaster !!! ��
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The LCA front bush bolt snaps, pushing the wheel back in to the guard and the Brumby careering out of control !! ��
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After driving a return trip of 700kms to get a s/hand Wheel Bearings, we repaired Shaggy just to drive 3kms up the road and a Road Train Fuel Tanker is broken down with a Belt tension problem, 30 minutes later she's all good and we are on our way
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Replacing wheel bearings ...

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Fixing a Pulley belt on the truck ...

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Day 15 ... Friday - 1 July 2016

Post by Bantum » Sun Jul 31, 2016 3:56 pm

Made it Alice springs ...
The team checks in to Alice Springs for repairs, maintenance and some much needed down time
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Welcome ... :)

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Time for Repairs ...

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We let off some steam with fireworks on NT Day
Fire works ...

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Bit of marketing ...

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Day 18 ... Monday - 4 July 2016

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202kms Alice Springs to The Old Andado Track (Binns Track) NT via Santa Teresa heading towards the start of the Madigan Line crossing of the Simpson Desert.
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We say goodbye to Alice Springs and hello to the Madigan Line in the Simpson Desert.
Of course, breakdowns aren't far away lol
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On the road again ...

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Nope it not going nowhere ...

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Spot of Camping ...

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Camp Fire ...


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Day 19 ... Tuesday - 5 July 2016

Post by Bantum » Mon Aug 01, 2016 11:06 pm

243kms The Old Andado Track ( Binns Track ) to Madigan Camp Site #6, the Diff support bracket has broken away on Uncle Phil's Burmby (Bee-Doo) and Darren welds it up, nice job !
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Real Dingo ...

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Binns Track ...

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Where too now ... ?

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Taxi ... :p

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Hitting the dunes ...

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More camping ...

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Day 20 ... Wednesday - 6 July 2016

Post by Bantum » Tue Aug 02, 2016 12:22 am

110kms Madigan Camp Site #6 to Madigan Camp Site #13 via the Madigan Line Simpson Desert. Today tough going for Uncle Phil's Brumby (Bee-Doo) he broke a lift kit bolt and lost the 50mm block for the lift kit, we were well prepared and had some 50mm box steel and a lift kit bolt to suit, so it wasn't too long and we had it fix. But we then notice that both torsion bars had broken! WOW, we then had to dump a lot of weight and shared Bee-Doo's load among the other Subie's and what we couldn't carry was buried. Bee-doo drove all the way cross the Simpson Desert and back to Brisbane roughly 2000kms with broken torsion bars. Just shows how tough these little cars are!
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Where's Wally ?

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Disaster! Phil's breakdown #3. After stopping for another over extended left rear axle, Andy notices the cause...The rear left lift block is missing!! ��

We set to making up a new block and we're on our way again ...
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R.I.P. ...

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More dunes ...

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Day 21 ... Thursday - 7 July 2016

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224kms Madigan Camp Site #13 to Poeppel Corner ( NT, SA & QLD Border Corner ) via the Madigan Line & The Hay River Track.
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Day 22 ... Friday - 8 July 2016

Post by Bantum » Tue Aug 02, 2016 1:24 am

169kms Poeppel Corner to Birdsville QLD via QAA Line & Big Red. All arrived at the base of Big Red, but not all made it up and over Big Red, Supa-Roo on its second attempt broke a rear shock and was force to climb Little Red a few kms south of Big Red. The rest of the crew made it up & over Big Red.
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We leave Poeppel Corner and head for Big Red and Birdsville via the QAA Line with several salt flats then lots of sand dunes along the way
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Day 23 ... Saturday - 9 July 2016

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Birdsville Day ...
We make it to Birdsville for a very appreciated bed and shower at the Pub. The next day Andy and Matt unload the cars and head back to Big Red to show the big 4wds how it's done!
Dinner that night was eventful with confusion reigning in the kitchen. Phil and Dave have to wait for their meals and Matt gets groped in the dining room! ����
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Birdsville ...

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