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The Great Central Rd Guide
Simpson Desert Lecture
Ready to get preached to? If the answer is no find another article. It’s okay I wont get too school teacher on you but I want to put some parameters around your fun in the Simpson.
- Speed. Slow down, sometimes your going to need a little more right foot but if you treat the whole desert like a race track you will either break yourself or break someone coming in the opposite direction. There are a lot of motorbikes on the track these guys are really hard to see and I tell you what... they are pretty game cresting those dunes. Hit the dune with a conservative speed. Swallow your pride and take a second go if needed.
- Tyre Pressure. Go low. There is no award for who can cross the Simpson with the highest tyre pressure.
- Wheel spin. Can you not! If you have got into a bad position and you know your not going to make it, simply stop and go back down. Have another crack in a better gear, a few more revs and if needed a bit more speed. We found it easier to stop pull up just before the crest and get tugged over the stop. It was a lot less strain on the car and dug the track up a lot less. Ifyour hitting stuff hard and wheel spin is unavoidable to get over the edge (we know this feeling well) make sure you go back and fill in your holes and repair the track. We were generally second in our convoy and if we had issues we would go back and repair our damage. Then we would have a few cars go over the track to firm the track up. If everyone did this the French Line would be in soo much better condition.
- Going to the toilet. Do it responsibly, bury and burn. Check out this video if your unsure about how to do it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G1uE6a_r7Q4
- Rubbish. Take it out with you, don’t burn what can’t be burnt... as in things other than paper and wood! You carried it in so I’m sure as all hell you can take it out!
- When you pass people on the track take your time to have a chat and let them know about the track conditions. It is also a handy to talk about traffic conditions. The other thing we found handy was asking people where they had come from that morning and figuring out how fast conditions were in front of us.
Non of these steps or measures are hard to take and they will ensure a safer trip for yourself and also keep the track open and maintained for future adventurers.