We arrived 12 kms short of Peoppels Nth and set up camp.
First of all I would like to say that Camerons Car made it here in one piece!
We were up at 5.30hrs at Birdsville with fire lit. We had a tight schedule to start at 0800hrs for a photo at the Birdsville Pub. We all went to refill at the petrol station where the Kargas’ renovated the petrol station with their sand flag. We all lined up for the group photo, with both Tim ad Hayden running hard and fast we finally got the photo.
There were tears as we said goodbye to Steve and Sandy and thanked them for making the huge trip from Townsville to Birdsville to meet us. Thanks Guys xx
Darren and Hayden headed to the chopper and Stephen Webb the pilot took off to have some awesome photos taken of the group from the air. Darren also recorded the convoy departure (from the chopper) on video. Well Done!!
Today we have traveled over 300 dunes where Camerons red Suzuki needed a couple of attempts for a couple and when Matthew went over the word “Fang it” came up quite a bit.
We learnt to say that Momentum is our friend and also that Tyre Pressure is very important.
We had morning Tea at Eyre Creek Crossing. It was absolutely beautiful, lush green grass and trees and so much birdlife around it really was spectacular.
We had a river crossing or creek crossing really with Ivan in the middle directing traffic (Hang on didn’t he drown a 4WD once!!) anyway he did a great job even though the Thrift girls wanted to get him..
Well done to Narelle, Helen and Matthew who drove the crossing.
Lots of temptations along the way like clay pans. The boys couldn’t resist.
On to the QAA Line with more dunes
We saw our first camel – Dead – Hayden touched it! Ooh
Both the boys had a go at driving and did a great job but both did get stuck but not the only ones Ian also got stuck on a dune.
The rest of the day was more dunes dunes dunes and now we are here…
What I have learnt today:
Leaving Birdsville today for the desert - mandatory photo in front of the pub
Tim ran back for the first one - but since we're having a few photo's...
Cam and Blaire - oh, and the Red Jelly Bean (aka Suzuki)
The Sanders' and Gunderson's outside the pub
Stevie G, Steph, Ivan, Lea, Matt, Ben, Adam, Matt and Sandy
Darren's new transport - he and Hayden hired a chopper for a few shots of the convoy as we left Birdsville
Catching up from behind
U-turn at the front of the convoy
Convoy from the front - great photos!
Hayden 'stretching his legs'
Steve and Mel's GPS at work - heading west out of Birdsville
The dunes were long, big, and FUN!!
Pretty soon we hit the Eyre Creek - currently closed and a 70km detour to the north in place
Ivan and Tim check it out just out of interest - yep, very slippy slidey!!
As we sat there, a troopy towing a Mitsubishi with a blown gearbox
Blaire's little friend
Along the bypass road - it's actually around a series of dunes, valleys and inlets - but anywhere the water has been is beautifully green
We hit a valley full of budgies - they were making a huge racket
Hayden working the bypass track
The fresh dunes are just.... fresh
The wind constantly putting fresh sand on old - and the contrast with the sky is beautiful
Tracks this way...
Another of the valleys around Eyre Creek
Eyre Creek proper - never realised it was this wide!
And the amount of birdlife - wonder where it goes when the water dries up
Yet more green
Ivan marks a rock as Cam washes his Suzi across the crossing
Matt looking forward to getting the wheels wet
Hayden still getting a workout
In camp now - jobs for everyone - Kaitlyn pegging down the tent
Ebony cleaning up the jaffle iron
Tim, Hayden and Kaitlyn chilling around the fire after an early finish
Ivan and Lea having a quiet one
Visiting Tim's house for the view of the sunset
Tim working the lens for the best shot
Benny setting up comms - we spoke to Lynda and Mark in Darwin this night
The sun on the way down
Love the blues in this one
Could watch this every night!
Boiling the billy
And cranking the fire up for the evening