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Telegraph Track Trip
« on: 17 November, 2015, 08:41:56 AM »
Ok, so you guys have been home for a day, where's the trip report and pictures to make everyone jealous and wish they had been able to go?

Kim?
TurboJoe?
Dusty?
Howezit?
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Re: Telegraph Track Trip
« Reply #1 on: 17 November, 2015, 09:10:30 AM »
At work today will work on the trip report tonight.

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Re: Telegraph Track Trip
« Reply #2 on: 17 November, 2015, 09:18:57 AM »
In the meantime, here's a pic to set the scene:

http://www.adventures.net.au/vehicle/telegraph-line/temp

My full Report will be up in about a week.
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Re: Telegraph Track Trip
« Reply #3 on: 17 November, 2015, 12:06:20 PM »
In the meantime, here's a pic to set the scene:

http://www.adventures.net.au/vehicle/telegraph-line/temp

My full Report will be up in about a week.
That picture is a classic!
And pretty much sums up that one day... We did something like 50 kms in 8 or 9 hours!
Crazy!
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Re: Telegraph Track Trip
« Reply #4 on: 17 November, 2015, 02:26:28 PM »
That's an awesome photo, can't wait to hear the story behind it.
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« Reply #5 on: 17 November, 2015, 08:12:22 PM »
^^^^^^ what he said

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« Reply #6 on: 17 November, 2015, 08:31:23 PM »
^^^^^^^ what they said ;)

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Re: Telegraph Track Trip
« Reply #7 on: 17 November, 2015, 08:56:19 PM »
Well Dusty, Graham and Joe won't tell you the truth so you'll just have to wait for my Report.

Collating of photos from 10 participants is a big job.

Suffice to say that if you didn't know anything about 4WDriving at the beginning of the Trip, you did by the end!

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Re: Telegraph Track Trip
« Reply #8 on: 17 November, 2015, 10:01:13 PM »
The trip started on Thursday afternoon in Kelmscott with a convoy of 5 cars, three patrols and two other "inferior" types. We had about a 4 hour drive to Kondinin where we stopped for some dinner and met up with the other "un-patrols". We continued onto our first camping spot on the Holland Track after some cross country driving for some, we set up a strategic hyde for the evening.

A early rise in the morning we were briefed by our fearless leader Kim whom like in true fashion didn't disappoint with detailed information on the days ahead.

Heading out along the Hyden Norseman Road we had to have a brief stop to rectify some over heating issues on the Suzuki Vitara.

Our first major stop of the day was at McDermid Rock which, I believe, is better than Wave Rock.

A short drive up Victoria Rock Road we met up with our local tour guide who was a absolute encyclopedia of the area we were travelling through, offering 35 years knowledge of the area as a prospector.  After several hours of driving we came across some water and mud.  Joe got excited.  The Navara got stuck and the Jimni thought it would be more fun to hit the mud hole at full noise and the patrols showed them how real cars do it.  We then drove into Widgiemooltha (say that after a few beers) where we stopped at the local roadhouse for a quick beer.  I gave Joe a education on how to play darts (thanks Joe that was the sweetest drink I have ever had).

This was the start of the Telegraph track.  Wow! Now the fun started, straight into some real 4WD driving.  We stopped the night at Dordie Rocks where we had a huge cook up, some well deserved cold ones and a long chat around the camp fire.

The morning started only 50 metres from the camp site where our fearless leader thought he was in his patrol and didn't correctly navigate some rocks.

The track was tight but with some creative chainsaw work we got in the full steam of things and came across our first look at the salt lakes in the area.  Scott had us looking for meteorites (no luck though).

We decided that we would have a look at the next salt lake which was bigger and offered some more sights.
Well, I wish I had gone the long way as negotiating the 3.4 tonne patrol through the lake which was a bit wetter than originally anticipated, I found the left hand side of the car sinking.  Howezit decided he would take the route on my outside where things got even worse.  Joe to the rescue!  Trying to snatch me out, he also got stuck.  Great all three Patrols stuck!  We relied on the assistance from Scott in his TOYOTA, yes I know a Toyota!  Our ego was now at rock bottom and after two hours and over 100 meters of snatch strap, we finally got out.



We followed the track down towards Norseman and as this track over grown, out came the trusty chain saw again. We renamed my truck "the bulldozer".  With nil visibility most of the time, we relied heavily on HEMA explorer.

We finally made the demanding 10.5 hour trip or 42kms to Norseman where we fuelled up and headed out towards Dundas to set up camp.

The next day was some fun driving out towards Balladonia where we stopped at some magnificent salt lakes.  Then up to the telegraph station.

With black clouds appearing, the lightning getting closer and the rain coming down harder, we decided it would be best to stay the night in Norseman.  The weather was shocking apparently!!!  Well that's what we told our wives.

The next morning was the long drive home, with a couple of stops out the back of Hyden.

All in all this was a extremely well planned trip with great people.  I walked or drove away with great knowledge and an appreciation of what it took for the early settlers to build this telegraph line.

Weekend stats
Rodeo - stuck and blew a tyre.
Navara - Bogged.
Suzuki Vitara - Radiator, oil seal, rear guard.
Jimni (1) - Smashed rim, shocky mount (went home early).
Jimni (2) - Two blown tyres (went home early).
Toyota Landcruiser - went home early.
Toyota Prado - No issues (obviously didn't push to the limits!!!)
Dusty - Bogged.
Howezit - Bogged.
Turbo Joe - Bogged twice and lost the rally race to the 3 litre patrol.

Once again thanks Kim what a great trip.
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Re: Telegraph Track Trip
« Reply #9 on: 17 November, 2015, 10:02:34 PM »
More photos
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Re: Telegraph Track Trip
« Reply #10 on: 17 November, 2015, 10:09:06 PM »
Great report Dusty, definitely wish I had been there.
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Re: Telegraph Track Trip
« Reply #11 on: 17 November, 2015, 10:15:39 PM »
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Re: Telegraph Track Trip
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Re: Telegraph Track Trip
« Reply #14 on: 17 November, 2015, 10:18:56 PM »
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Re: Telegraph Track Trip
« Reply #15 on: 17 November, 2015, 10:59:50 PM »
great photos and write up Dusty

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« Reply #16 on: 18 November, 2015, 05:50:25 AM »
Great write up and photos mate.  Nice work.

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Re: Telegraph Track Trip
« Reply #17 on: 18 November, 2015, 08:57:38 AM »
Great trip report Dusty looks like u fellas had fun

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Re: Telegraph Track Trip
« Reply #18 on: 18 November, 2015, 11:38:01 AM »
Great trip report Dusty :)
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Re: Telegraph Track Trip
« Reply #19 on: 18 November, 2015, 01:05:57 PM »
Great trip report Dusty :)

Doesn't let you off the hook mate,  :P where's your pictures and the narrative of your take on events.   8)
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