Barry & Denise, our intrepid travelers, are on their way to cross the Simson Desert then heading further North. I’ll be adding to this post when he is able to send updates of their journey……Admin.
15June2016 Had five great days in Mildura catching up with friends from our farming days, then two long drives to make Coober Pedy yesterday. Sadly the weather has thwarted our flights over Lake Eyre and Painted Hills and we are stuck here waiting for friends to catch up for the Simson Desert crossing hopefully starting Sunday.
CP hasn’t changed much since we were here 5years ago.
Crossing Bloods Creek, soon after leaving Mt.Dare at the start of the Simpson Desert Crossing. It was unexpected, and the water was over the bonnet before David took this photo. The first100km or so is crossing rough plains before reaching Dalhousie Springs,
where the 1100 sand dune crossings commence.
Below – Camp at Dalhousie Springs and an 8.00am swim before leaving.
Cresting a dune. You can’t see the track ahead………….
Nearing the crest, trying to maintain momentum with no wheel spin……..
Descending a dune………….
Often as hard on the way down with deep corrugations and ruts to contend
Great camp in the shelter of one of these massive dunes……..
Sunset over a saltlake from the hill……..
Crossing a dry saltlake….and they weren’t all dry!
Ripping through mud at the end of another saltlake crossing……..
Another camp with magnificent wildflowers everywhere over the crossing.
Now a green desert………..
At the bottom of the final 40m dune known as Big Red. Note the spectator
vehicles on top watching the sport………
Part way up, bouncing, swerving, cheering……..
Just before the final successful ascent…..
That’s it for the Simpson, a truly memorable experience with great
friends Val and David Edwards. We loved the challenge, the excitement,
the remoteness, the green landscape with so many wildflowers, the
camping where tales were swapped and good food and wine
consumed……..all and more than we hoped for.
** Stay tuned for the next episode in the adventure as Barry & Denise head further north…… Admin.