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    Adventures of the Wizard Ute

    Eventually the time has come for the departure for the trip of a life time.
    Early tomorrow morning I leave to cross the country to Carnarvon via Birdsville, Oodnadatta and Warburton and then head north to Kimberleys and the NT on the way home in October.
    A new 4Terrain clutch and Desert Cooler radiator and new Bridgestone 697's were main installed as a precaution. All other normal checks done.
    First stop will be St George and then Cunnamulla for dawn parade on Monday.

    Really looking forward to trip and will post photos when I have internet access.

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    Have a great time Wizard! Look forward to the pics. Travel safe!
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    Enjoy yourself, take your time and stay safe.
    Look forward to your pictures and trip report

    Enjoy lol
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    Safe Travels mate - have a ball & take your time to savour every minute. Will look forward to any reports/photos.

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    As above..
    Safe travels and enjoy the trip..
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    Hi all

    Eventually escaped Qld and S.A and into NT.
    Some general comments-the bloody flies are more friendly than I remember when out in these regions and when the ute hit the open road, it was like letting a dog of a leash. Gone was the hard work moving with traffic and wide open spaces really suit the old 4.2TD's. Fuel economy has improved over the 3 weeks with the best of 12.91l/100k from Marree to Alice via the Oodoodnatta track and Stuart Highway from Marla. Average is about 13.3l/100k.
    Diesel cost 104.9 at Hervey Bay when I left and prices vary a lot eg Cunnamulla was 105.9 for premium diesel, Marree 170, Birdsville 160 and Alice average 120, Yulara 173.9.
    Speaking of prices, Marree and Birdsville now cater for the elite/yuppy tourist with a stubby in the bar at Marree over $9 and Birdsville a bit less. It is all silver service in the dining rooms for the tour operators. The smaller roadhouse are much better value price and social wise.
    Had an issue with VMS lucky between Alice and Yulara so was able to ring them and they emailed a bunch of files I downloaded to unit and now all good. Unit is propbaly over 3 yrs old so out of warranty but service was excellent. Now have a problem with computer not recognizing camera to download photos. Think memory card is the problem so probably won't be able to get a new one until I hit West Coast.
    See if you can see the common thread in first photos I upload in next post

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    photos attached I hope
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    next one. bloody internet is very slow here
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    another one ..
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    last one for today
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