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Jun 11, 2010 - Day 8 CSR (day 24 trip)

Day 24: Well 42 to Breaden Valley (Day 8 CSR) Wildlife: 2 camels, 1 bustard, budgies, unknown small birds, 1 snake Happy Birthday mum!! Lovely sunny blue sky day again. Driving across Lake Guli – a saltpan. Bustard took off in front of us – such a fat bodied bird. Wonder what they eat out here? Just to give an indication of how windy the track is: between wells 42 and 43 it’s 24 kms by track but 11 kms in a straight line. Again driving through 2m high bushes on either side of us for kms. Got to use my navigational tools at yet another...

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Jun 10, 2010 - Day 7 CSR (day 23 trip)

Day 23: Well 37 to Well 42 (Day 7 CSR) – 164 kms Woke to blue sky (yay!!!) and the sounds of birds and the sighing of the wind in the oaks – sounds like a gently rolling ocean. Bit of a leisurely morning packing up. John cooked scrambled eggs and Reg scorched himself making toast on the fire. Well 37: ruins. Found graves of murdered drovers. A peaceful place to lie. Old timbers and names punched into tin. Had expected well to be amongst oaks but it is in an area of dead trees – possibly wattle. Says a lot for the water quality! Quite...

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Jun 9, 2010 - Day 6 CSR (day 22 trip)

Day 22: Well 29 to Well 37 (Day 6 CSR) – 250 kms Wildlife:- camels, Happy birthday Loren!!! Hugs and kisses from us. Woke to another glorious sunrise. Very cold wind so did not want to get out of my sleeping bag. There was a camel parade past our camp during the night – hoofprints everywhere. Packed and ready to go by 8am but the bonnet is up – never a good sign! Fortunately this was a simple problem. Well 31 was the original plan for today but we hope to go further. Disappointed that it is complete cloud cover again. We’ve completed...

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Jun 8, 2010 - Day 5 CSR (day 21 trip)

Day 21: Georgia Bore to Well 29 (Day 5 CSR) – 172kms Wildlife – camels (alive and dead), 2 roos, Watched sunrise from my bed; quite pretty. Not going to get away early – bush mechanics are playing with wheel bearings on cruiser. So John and I pumped water from bore and filled all our containers. Tastes okay. Lovely sunny day, cool wind, some cloud cover. Left camp very late – 10:05. Well 23: ruins. Nearby is an area where fuel is dumped if ordered from the Capricorn Roadhouse (hundreds of kms away). It’s in 44 gallon drums. There is a...

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Jun 7, 2010 - Day 4 CSR (day 20 trip)

Day 20: Durba Springs to Georgia Bore (Day 4 CSR) – 190 kms. Wildlife: 2 bustards, camels Woke to the sound of a multitude of birds and a discussion of the “necessity of greasing universals and tyre rods”!!!!! Beautiful sunrise. Blue sky!!! Sunshine!!! Wonder what adventures today will bring? Packed up and left by 8am. Wall of hills look spectacular in the early morning light. Seriously rocky road into Well 17 – drove part way then decided to save the cars and walk the rest of the way. Just a wonderful walk through the gorge. Only found a...

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Jun 6, 2010 - Day 3 CSR (day 19 trip)

Day 19: Well 15 to Durba Springs (day 3 on CSR) – 73.5 kms Wildlife = camel Up just before daylight – dark, cloudy, cold, drizzling, rainbow. Not a great morning for eating out in the elements or for packing up. Inverter not working so can’t charge flat computer battery. Managed a tremendous feat today – folded up our tricky tent all by myself – you just about have to be a contortionist. It is one of those throw it out and it’s up in 5 seconds kind; great for set up but nobody explained the complexities of folding it up – it’s like a...

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Jun 5, 2010 - CSR Day 2 (trip day 18)

Day 18: CSR :- Windich Springs to Well 15 249.1 kms Wildlife: bustards, kangaroos, 6 emus, hawks, 1 camel, Terrible night – windy, tent flapped, stupid dreams. Up at 6:15 to see a magnificent sunrise – deep reds and golds. Talked to our Sabbath School class – they are all CLEAN!!! So nice to hear their voices. Well 4B: ruins, just a drum with the name on it, broken timbers, tin CSR sign. Obvious when a well is coming up by the cattle paths worn in the rocky ground – they head straight for the well. All there is to see at the moment is flat...

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Jun 4, 2010 - Canning Stock Route (CSR) Day 1

Day 17: Canning Stock Route – Wiluna to Windich Springs Travelled 189 kms in 6 hours! Beautiful sunrise. Luxuriated in the hot shower for as long as I could. Packed up and ready to go by 8:30 but back door on cruiser wouldn’t shut – took till 9:30 to fix – bit of judicious use of wire. Fuel, photos, map in Wiluna. Pub sign says “Welcome to Paradise” and it is a dump! Finally hit beginning of Canning at 10am. Took 3 km detour from main track to Well 1 – broken Southern Cross windmill, 14m deep, completed in early April 1908, broken timber...

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Jun 3, 2010 - Gunbarrel Hwy: Carnegie to Wiluna

Day 16: Carnegie to Wiluna (3/6/10) Lovely sunrise. Found a baby camel at Carnegie. Lead car (John and Reg in troopie) saw wedgetail eagles, masses of kangaroos, camels, dingo, a bustard, emus. Most gone by the time we got there. Arrived in wiluna after an uneventful trip. Found campground - hot showers and laundry. I got dropped at Shire Office to send trip updates - others went food shopping, diesel etc. Tomorrow we're off to the Canning!!! See you in Broome. Keryn, I forgot the tiaras and bowties. Can you bring some? Love, Carol Day 16:...

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Jun 3, 2010 - Wiluna

Well we are settled at the Gunbarrel Laager (note Andre) about 10km out of town. While the Wiluna Caravan Park has green grass it is situated behind the local pub. Reports have it as very noisy at night so we chose the rather barren Laager campground over the campground in town. We also think this is a better way to acclimatise ourselves for the next eleven nights of camping along the Canning. Two of the groups already here are also planning to begin the Canning tomorrow. One group is planning to do the Canning in three weeks; the other...

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