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In a slight change of plans (1100km) GoSee Rodeo heads back to the gravel on the Tanami Track to Alice Spring

August 20, 2009
In a slight change of plans (1100km) GoSee Rodeo heads back to the gravel on the Tanami Track to Alice Spring

GoSee long distance travellers Pam and Alan called at Wyndham, Western Australialast Tuesday and then decided to go as the spirit moved them and their GoSee manual Holden Rodeo diesel.

So they headed towards the Bungle Bungles (slight change of plans) rather than to Katherine, NT. That meant back to Halls Creek where they waited with a stream of other vehicles to have their turn at theonly diesel pump before heading down the 1100 km gravel Tanami Track to Alice Springs.

After the 24kmh average speed of the Canning Stock Route they feel they are on a dirt graded highway with the Rodeo cruising along at between 80 and 100kmh.

Today they came up on air after a star-studded overnight camp just off the Tanimi Track under a red gum which they named Russell Camp Wilderness Lodge in honour of a coffee making friend they know. They camped about 220 km south of Halls Creek

They said they are - Having a ball, but its a bit hot, in the high 30s every day. Today on the Tanimi it is 35 degs and the Rodeo is running with the aircon on. They have travelled over 8,000km now since they left Victoria bound for Wiluna and the Canning Stock Route in early July.

They said they put in 155 litres of diesel on Tuesday ready for the trip, $1.65c a litre, pretty cheap at Halls Creek.

Pam, as usual is showing her female strengths. Patiences is a big factor in that and she had to use plenty when the Rodeo spat a Pedder shocker and she did the driving to Broome to fit a replacement at 80kmh while Alan rattled away on the Dell Laptopwith reports for the GoSee websites.

On the way back from Broome they called at the Bungle Bungles. The last time they visited it was 22 years ago so there have been a lot of changes. On the first trip it took them seven hours over rock, creek and ruined running.

This time the Bungle Bungle experience was an hour andthree quartersin and the same out. Most of the time is used pulling off the track to allow the constant stream of traffic to pass. In this case about 30 vehicles.

Now the deepest creek on the run into the Bungles only reaches the running boards of the Rodeo. Now the route is completely different and there are even some well-builtUltimate camper trailers making the run. The Ultimate camper trailer design also did well on the Canning Stock Route.

Pam and Alan found a lot of the Bungles areas they visited on their first trip are now closes and the feel the Bungle Bungle experience has lost something in the translation. They covered the walks they likedin a day and headed out.

Both Pam and Alan want to do more on the Gibb River Road which has the honour of a section which is without doubt the worstgoing of the whole trip. It wason the driveinto El Questro.Of destinations visited El Questro also disappointed the most.

There is little care factor and GoSee felt the staff were all about scripted responses and dollars from visitors. As in most things there was an exception and this was the El Questroriver cruise.

The Alice is full-on with a All States Variety Bash in town. There are said to be 3500 visitors. Which means accommodation is an issue. But Beanie Bunch Bert and Shirl of Land RoverDefender fame are already there and Pam and Alan roll will share their Alice Springs campsite with them.

The other members of the Beanie Bunch are touring hard. Phil and Barbara are heading for the Coral Coast and the WarluWay area of Western Australia.

The DPChip fitted to the GoSee Holden Rodeo continues to give excellent reliable service.

Fuel saving is great and power on dunes and challenging country comes in from 1500 revs upwards, with real torque benefits.

www.dpchip.com

The Rodeo did best of the four GoSee vehicles on the Canning Stock Route with fuel use figures around 12.3 litre per 100 kilometres.

GoSeeAustralias Alan Pam are driving a 2006 Holden Rodeo LX Turbo Diesel 5 speed Manual twin cab utility with 3.0-litre, four-cylinder turbo-diesel Intercooled engine.

Manufacturers Specifications: 96KW at 3800rpm and 280Nm at 2000rpm.

Vehicle Unladen Mass 1,850 kgs

Alan Pam fully laden weight with 2 persons 2,830.

Load capacity: 1015kg.

Towing capacity: 3000kg.

Fuel Tank Capacity 76 litres

Modifications include:

Canopy

Rhino Roof Rack Sportz Bars

UHF Radio

4 x Pedders TrakRyder Shock Absorbers (One broke near Halls Creek which led to a drive to Broome to pick-up and fit a replacement).

Pedders LSR Leaf spring reset (rear)

DP Chip for additional Diesel Power. Claimed to power up the Rodeo to 116kw with 350Nm.

Some Travel Hints -

Take a photocopy of your drivers licence and credit cards in case wallet is lost

Some pics of your vehicle and luggage, camping equipment for insurance purposes in case of fire or loss

Medication, allergy cards, dental floss.

Have your teeth checked before you leave.

Spare set of glasses (specs not drinking!)

Insect repellent or fly nets.

Editors Note: to follow the adventures of the Beanie Bunch from Victoria, through South Australia and into Western Australia please follow this link. Each story has links on the end which willfollow the experience right back to when they first hit the road in early July.



Editors Note: another great Western Australian driving Experience:

Editors Note: Here are pictures from the GoSee adventures of the Holden Rodeo driven by Pam and Alan.

DP chip has been there too in the GoSee Rodeo
DP chip has been there too in the GoSee Rodeo
GoSee mobile office near Broome
GoSee mobile office near Broome
Holden Rodeo fuel storage
Holden Rodeo fuel storage
Lowering of the Swan Hill Riverside Caravan Park sponsored sand flags
Lowering of the Swan Hill Riverside Caravan Park sponsored sand flags
Rodeo Engel fridge with two-zone extension
Rodeo Engel fridge with two-zone extension
Spinnifex fire risk collects underneath the Rodeo
Spinnifex fire risk collects underneath the Rodeo
The top retaining nut worked loose on Pedders Trak Ryder shocker
The top retaining nut worked loose on Pedders Trak Ryder shocker
Tow start for GoSee Rodeo
Tow start for GoSee Rodeo
Menzies Town Hall
Menzies Town Hall
The GoSee Rodeo at Head of the Bight Whale Centre entrance
The GoSee Rodeo at Head of the Bight Whale Centre entrance
GoSee  motto stitched  by Pam - Travel the Gravel Before we Unravel
GoSee motto stitched by Pam - Travel the Gravel Before we Unravel
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