New trip, new plans and many improvements.
Where to? A nice, picturesque round through south-east WA. Through the Wheatbelt, into the Goldfields, into the big pit, down to the Nullarbor Plain, South to the coast at Cape Arid and then west along the coast with a one week stop over based in Bremer Bay. So much landscape, bush and 4wdriving to take in, it yet again will take a while to process everything. Approximately 2000 km, haven´t done the maths yet, you can do the maths here, day by day: Hema cloud
Hhmm, well the plan was to this time actually report from the trip. Plans are plans and plans can change. It´s just not happening. The days are packed with adventures, no space for typing away on something. Looking into the stars has more value. And the WordPress App doesn’t´t really work offline anyway (pictures).
So we are back to the same procedure as last time, we are back from the bush and will gradually report from our adventure, chapter by chapter.
Remember the list of things we wished to do better this time? We figured out almost all of them and it was a treat. On the way back we actually couldn’t´t really find anything that we should change for next time. The solutions to the issues will get it´s own post some time soon. The long-range tank and the water and rubbish solutions on the rear bar improved things a lot.
An enormous difference
Notice the black L on the back of the Cruiser? Yes, the teenager in the family now holds a WA Learners permit and has started her driving lessons on the Holland Track. Is that awesome or what?
Top 5 things we hope to do better next time:
1. Plan ahead
- Outside of the cities you actually need cash, so bring a fair bit of cash.
- The combination of a fully packed 4WD, a big engine, a rather small tank (85l) and rather large distances between service station is not to underestimate. The machine stopped after only 450 km, that´s not much. So, a long range tank or some jerry cans are a must.
- You are going out into the wild, you´ll take it as it comes, right? We almost learned the hard way that certain areas (Steep Point) actually need a permit that people apply for 10 months ahead!! Same goes for camp spots there. So, do your research on the locations that need a booking and book ahead, well ahead.
- The further you go from the Cities, the sparser the supermarkets and the thinner the selection there. The longer and the more detailed you plan your meals, the better you can shop for ingredients, and pack the right amount in parts before leaving. Think about the quantities and how annoying it may be to drag around 1 litre olive oil instead of a small container that is sufficient for the trip.
2. Where to put the rubbish?
3. Laundry management
5. Fly-net (for your head)
Alright, once we´re at it, here are the top 8 things we shall/want/would like to do to the machine before we head bush next time:
8 Most desired Land Cruiser updates
- Wheel alignment – She´s pulling to much to the left, the left swivel hub needs eccentric bearings to correct the camber (That´s what the no bullshit guys say)
- Rear bumper / dual wheel carrier – In an emergency reverse, the original plastic (!?) bumper got bent. Time to swap for the real thing, with one wheel and one jerry can holder.
- Long range tank – 85 liters is not enough and x jerry cans on the roof rack are wrong
- Drawers – boxes are nice, drawers would be very nice
- Suspension – will need an upgrade after installing the last three items, also one shock is leaking a bit.
- Roof rack storage bags – We have real estate up there that would work fine for snorkelling gear / toys and maybe even sleeping bags
- 3 inch exhaust – For better fuel efficiency, and sound 😉
- Any other suggestions?
One of the closest parks, just under an hour NE from Perth with quite picturesque wilderness and landscape carved out by the Avon River. It´s the northern limit of WAs Jarrah forests and rich of wildlife. We saw a bunch of kangaroos outside of the park and an Emu running away when it caught sight of us.
It was quite a nice four wheel drive as well as the heavy rains throughout the last days had filled up some of the track´s depressions to adventurous levels. Even had to put the machine in low gear to get out of one waterhole 😉
After traversing the park, we stopped for a bbq in Toodyay, happy boys all around 🙂