All posts by Tyler Johnson

Day 9 mildura to ouyen

Today we drove from mildura to ouyen without hitting any fences or trees. We drove over many sand dunes and boggy areas with wire gates and fences. We had lunch in underbool and then continued to dinner in ouyen.

Best Regards,
Tyler

Day 8

Today we went on interesting but rough, tight and sandy roads with rocks and sand dunes from mildura to mildura. But we hit 3 trees at once it did damage to the car but more to the trees. Here are some pictures:

Well, there used to be trees here.

We got a flat tyre when we hit the trees. And it ripped the rear view mirror off.

And it bent the steering, it still works but compare one side to the other with these two photos:

And dented and scratched the side:

Well, that was scary but we are still going we finished the rest of the day quite easily and got back to mildura for the night.

Best Regards,
Tyler

Day 6

Today we drove from broken hill to mildura and we drove past the darling river. We popped a tyre really badly in the last stage and it looked like this:

Other than that last bit a lot of today was boring straight dirt roads with hundreds of kms of no instructions for the navigator to give and not all that much to see. Let’s hope tomorrow’s better! Best Regards,
Tyler

Day 6 rally

Today we went from freezing Willpena pound to broken hill. We drove through the flinders ranges and saw lots of wild emus and goats. Then we got to lunch at a truck stop, and then continued on after lunch. We crossed from South Australia to nsw and stopped at broken hill that night. Broken hill is the home of the biggest iron ore deposit in the world and bhp (Australia’s biggest mining company) got its name from there (broken hill proprietary). It was a long day of over 700 kms but it was pretty fun. We hit a mini tree in the morning because the steering failed at the worst time the score was: car 1, tree 0, dad’s pride -100. Then we had some more good stages. I forgot to tell dad about a T intersection so we went straight through t making a new track in the bush and then got pulled over by a cop and she yelled at us 25 UNDER RED AND BLUE!!! And dad said what are you talking about, she did that to EVERY rally car. Sorry no pictures today, we were too busy.

Best Regards,
Tyler

Day 6 rally

Today we went from freezing Willpena pound to broken hill. We drove through the flinders ranges and saw lots of wild emus and goats. Then we got to lunch at a truck stop, and then continued on after lunch. We crossed from South Australia to nsw and stopped at broken hill that night. Broken hill is the home of the biggest iron ore deposit in the world and bhp (Australia’s biggest mining company) got its name from there (broken hill proprietary). It was a long day of over 700 kms but it was pretty fun. We hit a mini tree in the morning because the steering failed at the worst time the score was: car 1, tree 0, dad’s pride -100. Then we had some more good stages. I forgot to tell dad about a T intersection so we went straight through t making a new track in the bush and then got pulled over by a cop and she yelled at us 25 UNDER RED AND BLUE!!! And dad said what are you talking about, she did that to EVERY rally car. Sorry no pictures today, we were too busy.

Best Regards,
Tyler

Day 5

Today we left coober pedy straight into an observation stage where you have to answer questions on a sheet of paper about different things on the side of the road. We drove past Anna creek station ( the biggest working cattle station in the world) it’s about 6 million acres ( over 23,000 square km) it has more than 185,000 branded cattle! then we went to William creek hotel for fuel and wrote a message on the pub wall for mum to read next time we travel out this way. We then continued with the rally until seeing another salt lake (lake eyre) , hitting a red belly black snake with the car, almost hitting a massive frilled neck lizard and finally getting to lunch in maree (The home of Tom kruse the original mailman from maree to birdsville before there was roads, he drove through the desert with his truck, a leyland and delivered the mail between 1930 and 1960, driving over sand dunes and never missed a delivery ). Then we kept going after lunch until we got to Willpena pound, It was massive and the rocks that were there were 100’s of millions of years old. We camped there for the night in a permanent tent with 5 beds and a fridge but it was so cold there overnight.

Things we saw:

Best Regards,
Tyler
Best Regards,
Tyler

Day 4 (rest)

Today we got to sleep in in the morning for the first time in a while and then slept through some of the day. In the afternoon we went crocodile Harry’s and saw some strange but interesting things.
Mad max beyond thunderdome film area:

Alien pod:

Caves with bats!

Light rocks, it wasn’t even heavy:

It stank so bad….:

And mad max cars:

It looks so much like mars:

Lesson learnt coober pedy is a very strange place.

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Dallhousie springs facts

1. the main pool (where we were swimming) is 34 to 38 degrees Celsius and the spring flows at a rate of 160 litres per second 2. It is up to 14 metres deep in some places and as hot as 43 degrees Celsius.
3. In that water and no where else in the world there is 3 species of fish, 6 different water snails, several small crustaceans, yabbies and frogs.
4. There are homestead ruins not far from the springs in dallhousie which look weird because they are surrounded by Palm trees in the middle of the desert.

Best Regards,
Tyler

Day 3 rally

Today was a good day until we got a flat tyre 10kms from the end and couldn’t open the boot to get our spare out. Luckily someone let us borrow their spare until we got the boot open but still ended up here:

To fix it 🙁
But the rest of the day was good, not last night though with Nathan head butting me in his sleep but we got through the day with out many problems. For lunch we went to oodnadatta and ate at the pink road house.

And then started driving again and saw stuff like this:

And this….

And this….

And then near the end, this is dads favourite part we were driving along in another cars bull dust then a corner comes up, it was so dusty that we couldn’t even see the road and there is a photographer standing behind a fence, so we go through the fence and just miss hitting the photographer by about one foot, so then we get out of the car to get the fence out from under the car and we see the photographer laying there shaking when the dust clears, then we help him up and the funny thing was we always scare this photographer by doing burn outs heading straight for him and making him crap himself and this time we almost actually hit him. And that’s the end of that.
And also today we had a quick swim in the dallhousie hot springs after crossing the Simpson desert.

Best Regards,
Tyler

Day 2 rally

Finally a half good day! Except for the part where the car wouldn’t start because an engine earth cable wasn’t working, but other than that today was ok we have pushed ourselves up to 18th overall. (Many cars were destroyed). But 6th for the day Stubby holders!

Best Regards,
Tyler

1st crappy day of the rally

Today we had a terrible day with so many problems with the car and others. So first the terra trip started playing up along with the speedo, oil pressure and door handle, then the engine decided to stop working because the battery wasn’t charging properly because the alternator blew up. Then once lunch was over we decided not to do the last rally stage because of so many problems with the car and then on the way back to Alice springs we hear that mum, Jayden and uncle rod have missed their plane by 1 minute and need to pay again along with more car hire and accommodation for another day……. Then the bad news stopped for about an hour that night until we discover that mum has lost dads credit card, luckily enough a nice person found it out side a BOTTLE SHOP in ALICE SPRINGS and mum picked it up later that night.

Best Regards,
Tyler

Day 5

Today we went to Uluru again to see the sunrise. It was huge, we could see it for many kilometres, I thought it would be big but i didn’t expect that. And then went to the rocks near it. They used to be called ” the olgas” kata tjuta .

We walked between two of them and it was very long. It was amazing the colour of the rocks was cool (they get their colour from the iron ore rusting inside of the rock. It had a small forest inside the two with a creek running through watering the plants there. Dad had to carry Jayden the whole way back.

(The last one is Mt conner, it’s on the way to ularu and lots of people think it’s Ayres rock when they see it on the way in

Then we started to drive to Alice springs to get ready for the rally. Then 400 kilometres later we got there. And that’s where day 6 comes in after a good nights sleep.

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Day 3

we saw lots in South Australia including a salt lake (the best) I tasted it and guess what? It tasted like salt

Then went to Coober pedy, the opal mining town where we went underground (not a job me),

and drove out to the breakaways (an enormous valley the went on forever)

the headed north to Marla where we were in the middle of a high speed police chase with a camry!

We crossed the NT border in the dark

I think this sign means we are allowed to do 170km/h