Two sailors (let's call them "rustic") and their wives set off in June for an adventure, nay an expedition! Two Landcruiser 79 Series with 200 litres of fuel, 140 litres of water and enough food for a month. Packed on board were the essential kit of retrieval gear including electronic hand winches, max tracks, tow and snatch straps, two spare wheels and tyre repair kit plus a satellite phone - essential when you are expecting news of the birth of your latest grandson.
First stop outback along the Flinders ranges was bush camping near Hawker SA, followed by more bush camping at Grindells Hut and a pit stop at the pink roadhouse at Oodnadatta. On to the Simpson but first a much needed refuel at Mount Dare, paying $2.70 per litre for diesel (yep ouch!). A dip in the stunning hot springs at Dalhousie Springs where little fish eat your crusty skin. Next day saw a short stop at the old Andato homestead and then the start of the Madigan Line on the northern Simpson Desert, that was first explored in 1939 by Professor Madigan of SA University.
Along the Madigan Line we traveled for five days before seeing or passing another vehicle and even more eerie there were no signs of humans out there at all...nothing. It took nine days to complete the Madigan Line - that's nine days without phone contact, a shower, no food or fuel stops and no Facebook. The campsites along the way were good and the fires were excellent especially as the temperature dropped to bloody cold each night. We had very little trouble on the journey, apart from two tyre punctures that we repaired, getting bogged in sand & winching out and getting bogged on four sand dunes. Crossing hundreds of sand dunes at an average speed of 15km an hour was rough going. Muddy and flooded roads greeted us as we arrived at Birdsville and a much needed shower and phone contact. With the Madigan Line done and dusted, it was time to head to Melbourne, via South Australia, to see our latest grandson (2 weeks old).
And now we are glad to be back at the Marine Outlet headquarters...and our very lively Kelpie Rosie.
Pop-Up Warehouse Clearance Sale in MELBOURNE. With discounts of up to 70% off RRP on a wide range of men’s and women’s Marine and Lifestyle garments it’s the perfect time to stock up for 2017.
The pop up sale is on NOW and is located at Marine Outlet Hampton, 392 Hampton St, Hampton.
Huge range of samples and discontinued lines from marine, footwear and lifestyle collections for men and women. Discounts of up to 70% off original RRP. Get in quick as it’s a first in best dressed event.
100% waterproof, windproof and highly breathable jackets, vests, waisted trousers and hi-fits from the Ocean, Offshore, Coastal, Harbour sailing, sports boat, soft shell and multi-function ranges at greatly reduced prices. Some of the hottest items on sale Transocean Jacket was $749 now $300, Coast Jacket was $259 now $150 and matching hi-fits were $199 now only $115.
Last season’s Fast-dri polos and T’s, Clipper merchandise and soft shell jackets and vests on offer. Drainage trainers and classic leather boat shoes also available. Many items are not available anywhere else in Australia.
And it’s a great time to pick up all the gear you need for staying active throughout the year – travelling, skiing, hiking and of course sailing there is a jacket for it at the pop-up sale. Henri Lloyd lifestyle sample collection and discontinued lines are also on sale. With approximately 2000 samples received each year there is plenty to choose from for both men and women. Woollen knits, rugby tops, classic polos, stunning woven shirts, European made jeans, dresses, T’s and much much more at very good prices.
Where: Marine Outlet Hampton store, 392 Hampton St, Hampton VIC 3188
Hours: 10am-5pm Monday to Saturday
Tel: 03 9598 7020 for more details
For your CHANCE TO WIN this amazing VIP EXPERIENCE, simply sign up to the Henri Lloyd email database or confirm your details if already a member in store at Henri Lloyd Crows Nest (NSW) or Henri Lloyd Hampton (VIC) and complete the entry form.
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