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Day 21 – Norseman to Perth
The end of the journey is in sight. Only 638 km to go via the Norseman Hyden road. The group decided to go for it as we had achieved a similar distance the day before. We enjoyed a final evening meal together at the Motel Restaurant adjacent to the Caravan Park where we spent the night.
We bid farewell to Pete and Kaye as they would be heading south to Esperance the next morning and thanked Pete for his efforts as Tour Leader from Alice Springs. Campbell was elected new leader for the final day. We also had news that Brett and Ross had arrived in Perth safely. Brett confirmed that the Norseman Hyden road was in good repair and encouraged us to go that way.
Some early morning work by Pete on “Merv” to install a ballast resistor to perhaps alleviate condenser failure on the long runs we are achieving.
The group achieved an early start once again and travelled the 300km to Hyden without incident. Almost!. Some 10km short of the town Bob Piercy had “carby” trouble and after removing and cleaning was once again on the road.
“Merv” had a loose ignition switch wire which Neil fixed in Hyden and as he was doing so noticed a flat rear tyre which he also changed.
Bob and Campbell continued towards Perth independently and all the group completed the journey
An amazing adventure covering 21days and 6200km over some of the most remote areas in Australia with a great group of people. Indeed a testimony to the resilience of the Model A Ford and those that drive them.
Heartfelt thanks to those who have contributed to our charity the Royal Flying Doctor Service. The generosity of the people on the road and those that have contributed online has been amazing.
The adventure continues!! – Darwin 2016.
Another big day planned. All agreed to press on as far as we can and try for Fraser Range or Norseman. Depending on the cars. Broke camp early and on the road by 6-30am. Ian and Gary pushed on ahead of the group as Gary is due to start work in two days. Big thanks to them both for their participation and comradeship.
Easy travelling with little to break the monotony other than refuelling stops at various roadhouses along the way.
Madura Pass was impressive and Alan positioned himself for a photo shoot to capture the “A”’s as they drove through.
Even “Merv” performed at least for most of the morning then some of the old symptoms appeared. Coughing and spluttering, loss of power etc. After deliberating a quick condenser change seemed to do the trick.
We also noticed some uneven tyre wear on “Merv” so Peter performed an alignment at Madura and “Merv” was once again ready to go. Neil noticed an immediate improvement in steering.
As he cars were once again performing it was agreed to try and reach Norseman for the evening stop. We pulled into the town about 6-15 after a huge day travelling 633km.
Up early to the call of the Kookaburra! Big day planned for a run at the border or beyond.
A reasonably uneventful day with all cars running well.
Only one stoppage with “Merv” but he was soon underway after cleaning a few jets in the “carby.
In fact he was running so well out in front that Neil and Loretta completely missed the turnoff to “Koonalda Station” where we all agreed to visit for a lunch stop and explore all the abandoned buildings and old cars. Well worth the 20km of rough road.
Continued on to Eucla where we caught up with Neil and Loretta. The group then headed West again and stopped for the night at a bush camp 10km west of “Mundrabilla”
A very good day with 470km covered.
A pleasant afternoon in Streaky then the party gathered for the evening meal at the local hotel. Great food and hospitality.
Brett decided to leave the group early next morning as he was flying to Melbourne the next Wednesday for family reasons.
The group left Streaky for Fowlers Bay mid-morning, an easy 250 km drive. All cars running well.
Booked into the caravan park and enjoyed a few hours of sightseeing before a evening cook up around the Park fire pit. Meal provided by the park for nominal cost. An excellent evening meeting new travellers and sharing stories.
Day 17 – Kingoonya to Streaky Bay
Another early morning start to the sound of the warbling Kookaburra. (new tour director has a whistle). Much better than the off key singing from the previous director.
The lead car this morning sighted seven emus, nine kangaroos and one dead wombat.
Continued towards Wirrulla through magnificent undulating and salt lake country where we stopped for morning Tea and then continued onto Streaky Bay caravan Park for the evening stay. Arrived midday after travelling 140k. One of our easiest days however on arriving we discovered Bob the Gardener had a broken starter Bendix so it is now crank handle for the rest of the journey.