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    Dry July - A Land Cruiser and a Range Rover go winter desert touring

    Yeah that's basically it. Too much play in the bearing was causing the disc to move laterally and 'knock' the brake pads back. For some reason when I serviced the bearing on that corner I couldn't get the spring clip in the end of the axle, no matter how many times I refitted the bearing and...
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    Dry July - A Land Cruiser and a Range Rover go winter desert touring

    So our last stop would be the Prarie Hotel, Parachilna. We've stopped many time here over the years, but I've always wanted to have their 'Feral Feast' dish. So it was nice that we would end up here late afternoon, and leave only about a half a day drive home tomorrow. After some boozy...
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    Dry July - A Land Cruiser and a Range Rover go winter desert touring

    Further down the track we splashed through where this artesian hot spring bubbles out of the desert. Not so long ago a bloke fell in here and was very badly burned, luckily for him someone was able to drive him down to Mungeranie where they gave him first aid before he could be flown out. They...
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    Dry July - A Land Cruiser and a Range Rover go winter desert touring

    Heading through the creek crossing that this track is named after. There is a commemorative plaque for Walker, but no word on what happened to him. We spotted this gas pipeline being burnt off in the distance. We had been following alongside this dune for sometime. The track eventually...
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    Dry July - A Land Cruiser and a Range Rover go winter desert touring

    Part 3. ... We bade goodbye to our little spot on the Cooper Creek. A quick breakfast and topped off the fuel at the Trading Post. Said goodbye to the characterful owners and hit...
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    Dry July - A Land Cruiser and a Range Rover go winter desert touring

    There was a dirt road north of here that would loop up back to Innamincka. I found this bizarre tree at our lunch stop. Back at the pub, the Rangie had pick up a pal. Back to camp in good time, so time for a fire and a cook up. Steak and pasta. Next day we would press on...
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    Dry July - A Land Cruiser and a Range Rover go winter desert touring

    So with our original Simpson Desert plans scuppered, and also the nearby Congee Lakes also out of bounds due to the same flood waters. We decided to tour around a few of the historical sites in the area the next day, Leave our small camp set up. So with our original Simpson Desert plans...
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    Dry July - A Land Cruiser and a Range Rover go winter desert touring

    Part 2. Pink sunrise greeted us the next day. We fuelled up and headed out. Back down the access road from Arkaroola we hung left, north east, this dirt road would take us up to the Strzelecki Track, and on to Innamincka, our destination today. This track was relatively busy this morning...
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    Dry July - A Land Cruiser and a Range Rover go winter desert touring

    Then it was back to the wheelin'. This below link is a short video of us carrying on like pork chops (seems like it might be quite slow to load - I don't normally do video...) IMG_6585 So yeah, all good fun. At the end of the track you can either start the long loop back to Arkaroola...
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    Dry July - A Land Cruiser and a Range Rover go winter desert touring

    The morning brought those sensations you forget about until you are back in the outback in winter. Cold, still, dry, crisp desert air. Until the sun clears the rocky range, then you warm up very quickly. The campsite was busy enough, but everyone had their own space. Frost on the swag. I...
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    Dry July - A Land Cruiser and a Range Rover go winter desert touring

    Part 1. South Australia. So, this was originally planned as a trip up through the Simpson Desert. However, with the Warburton Crossing still flooded out and closed, meant the route (utilising the much lesser used Rig Road /WAA Line) I had intended to take was out. The main east-west crossing...
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    AWOL Around Australia...

    Yeah mate, you could say that about a lot of things. However they all come with pros and cons. Thanks anyway, I hadn’t heard of that particular one.
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