Day 5 Warburton to Docker River
After an early rising, broke camp and continued towards the Northern Territory border .
Uneventful morning with the usual stops for a cuppa and change of drivers. After lunch” Glad’s” two blade metal fan disintegrated with one blade trying to exit the vehicle through the side of the bonnet. We cut off the other blade with a cut off wheel and a battery drill,
Luckily no damage to the radiator. Brett was unable to replace the fan and continued on at speed to increase airflow through the radiator.
Stopped at Warakuna roadhouse some 100km west of the NT border to refuel. Impressive aboriginal community. Ian Paisley bartered for a replacement tyre for his trailer and as a part of the deal traded the old rim with the shredded tyre. Go Ian!
We then toured the Giles weather station located in the community.
The next 80km were uneventful with good progress made on a reasonable road.
The road for the last 20km to Docker River was diabolical with some of the worst surface we had experienced. Mainly deep corrugations and heavy sand drifts. Ian Paisley had to tow Bob Piercy up a hill as the fully loaded “A” with trailer just didn’t have the grunt. All was well in the end and we cruised into Docker River only to find everything closed as it was Sunday. Continued on for another hour and camped the night around a communications tower. Total distance travelled for the day 299