• Day53

    Simpson Desert to Birdsville Day 4

    August 9, 2016 in Australia ⋅ 🌙 13 °C

    We awoke to a beautiful sunrise and birdsong once again...we could get used to this :) On the track by 9.30am and heading into Birdsville along the QAA Line. The last dune is the infamous Big Red, Nappanerica, given its nickname by Denis Bartell, it is the tallest dune crossed by travellers. Before we knew it we were face to face with Big Red and ready to make a run up. There are 6 or 7 tracks so Haydn chose the one which looked to be the second steepest. The track was loose and dry and we watched as another vehicle made several unsuccessful attempts. Haydn decided to give it a go without any change to the current setup. We had a small audience on top watching and encouraging us and made it to within a metre of the crest. Reversing down Haydn dropped the tyre pressure and took another run...the FJ easily nailed the dune and we were over! Yayyy!! Then it was into Birdsville for lunch and a hot shower.
    So proud of all the work Haydn did to make this dream a reality 💋. A special thanks to family and friends who helped, encouraged and supported us. 🎉
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