Kathleen Swinbourne

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Jul 24 2017

The Simpson Desert Part 3

Day 3.  215k into the Simpson Desert My how things change, and in a short space of time. From being cruisy and not in a hurry to get anywhere, I was up before dawn this morning, and straight into packing up. I wanted to get onto the dunes while they were still cool, because that’s …

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Jul 23 2017

Travelling the Simpson Desert. Part 2

Day 2. 155k into the Simpson Desert. Not being in any hurry, I lay in my swag and watched the sunrise. If only somebody was here to make me coffee! That’s the trouble with travelling on your own, you have to do everything yourself. Eventually I had to get up and make my own coffee, …

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Jul 22 2017

What is it really like to drive across the Simpson Desert (part 1)

Day 1. 89k into the Simpson Desert I don’t like to admit it at the beginning of a trip, but I was a bit worried. I decided to come into Dalhousie from Oodnadatta rather than go through to Mount Dare. That meant an additional 130k worth of fuel usage before I started in the desert. …

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Jul 21 2017

Dalhousie Springs, an oasis in the desert

Right on the western edge of the Simpson Desert Dalhousie Springs is either the first or the last point in a Simpson Crossing. And it  was where I was heading from Adelaide to start my desert adventure properly. Straight up the Ooodnadatta Track, past Lake Eyre, and on to the desert. Because of my enforced …

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Jul 04 2017

Adelaide – the world’s best wine regions (and not a bad place to be stranded)

So much for my triumphant setting off to go to the desert. I got as far as Adelaide where I finally conceded. The car is at the mechanic’s getting a new head gasket. Despite (or perhaps because of) driving 1700k in 2 days OK, the problem is getting worse. Water is being pushed out of …

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Jun 28 2017

Getting your car ready for a big trip

I’m starting to think my little Suzuki doesn’t actually like adventures. I was supposed to leave last week for outback South Australia and the Simpson Desert. That is, until something went wrong with my cooling system – the day before I was due to leave. Doc is a mechanic, so he not only gives the …

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