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Published: April 24th 2016
Sunset on the first night, taken just north of Moora on the Midland Highway.
After 1,469km I arrived in Onslow around midday, having done the inland route with dirt roads all the way from Mullewa to Onslow (over 1,000km). Good trip, but still a bit warm to linger at the Kennedy Ranges, where I had intended to stop overnight last night.
Temp was still 43C and I abandoned the escarpment walk after 30 min because it was too hot (and risky) to do on my own, even with a 2ltr hydration pack. Nobody in the park - campground empty - so kept going and camped near a wind pump to get some star trail and moonrise photos (and some of the local wildlife coming in to drink.) New suspension worked well - got the car airborne twice over washaways and Mephisto took it in his stride!
After travelling more than 1,000km on public dirt roads, through more than 40 stations and over dozens of cattle grids, the ONLY closed gate on a grid was at the entrance to Minderoo station. Twiggy must be in residence because I've never seen it shut before.
If you are wondering about the inland route versus the black-track, I am writing a book on the history of
Onslow at present and wanted to replicate as close as possible the inland route Edward Hooley took when he first drove a mob of sheep from Bow River (near Northampton) to the Ashburton district. I admired those early pioneers, because there is some bloody dry and tough country out there, especially between the Murchison and Gascoyne rivers.
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