Archive for August, 2009

Yunta to Coombah, across the S.A and NSW border

August 25, 2009
Hi everyone,
just a quick blog to let you know we have crossed the S.A. and NSW borders and are now well on the way to entering Victoria at Mildura from the NSW side on the 2/9/09 approximately, give or take a day or so but we are pushing to make this date a reality.
 
We have met some fantastically supportive people like the folk at Coombah Roadhouse.
We have been cross countrying for weeks now, getting some good kms done but going through some horrific weather. It’s been tough and veryhard at times.
Both of us are in good spirits though and very much looking forward to crossing the Murray River.
 
News from the Children First Foundation is that the conjoined twins are progressing well and all is in order for the next round of medical procedures they will be undertaking. Our hearts are with them and those at the foundation.
 
Please keep the fundraising efforts happening. The response is overwhelming and increasing in pace. Thank you to all of those who have been putting in so much effort and time into raising funds for the Children First Foundation. An awsome effort.
 
Our Melbourne date is still set for the 22/11/09 from Government House and all is looking good for a massive turnout of people walking with us down Swanston Street to the Royal Children’s Hospital to say thank you to Moira, MArg and all of those at the Foundation for their selfless work.
 
Cheers for now and see you in Victoria.
 
Russell and Ros
 

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Hawker to Yunta

August 9, 2009

Hello from Russ and Ros.

Since leaving Hawker, during our time in the Flinders Ranges, we have had rain, ice covering us, the camels and all of our gear, developed colds and with all of the hills and totally unfamiliar surroundings, really spooked camels in some locations.

Mind you, the Flinders Ranges were stunning but I cannot ever remember a time of feeling so damp, wet and so cold in my entire life.

Everyday, trying to light a fire for a hot cuppa and to cook breakfast was an achievement filled with sheer joy when it finally happened due to really wet wood.

We would have to wait until midday most days for the ice on the camels to thaw and evaporate before being able to load them. They handled the whole situation well but are much happier now we crossed the ranges and are travelling in country that is drier and more suited to them.

We are too. Now we are able to do 20-25 kms per day comfortably compared with the 8-12 kms per day in the wet conditions of the Flinders Ranges that we experienced.

This is where the expedition is getting tough. Trying conditions and still in the mind having to do kms to reach our Melbourne date of the 22/11/09. That is why we decided to "B" line it east and head directly to Mildura which we are expecting to reach there late August / early September, via Wentworth.

The people out this way are awsome. Really friendly and really interested in the work Moira Kelly and the Children First Foundation do.

We will be out of contact for the next 3-4 weeks going through station country and the vastness of the south western corner of New South Wales so we hope all is well with everyone and  look forward to being in contact when we can.

By the way, some of the ruins we have seen have been amazing and we have to thank Graham and Laura who came out from Beltana Station to camp with us for a night and gave us a much needed night off having to do the chores of camel trekking. Also a big thank You to Ian from Jamestown who also tracked us down for a night of feasting.

Take care and best wishes,

Russ and Ros

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