On rough outback tracks I normally run 22 psi on the front tyres and 26 on the back but on the Anne Beadell track I Iowered them way down to 14 and 18 as it was the only way to stop the 4wd from rattling apart over the horrendous corrugations.
The corrugations were bad heading towards the Maralinga Prohibited Area. We had to lower our psi to 14 in the front and 18 in the rear.
We passed many broken trailers on this section, and to our astonishment, many shaken drivers still running psi well into the 30's.
When we stopped doing the upholstery after 30 odd years and started concentrating solely on our Murchison River Swags and bags, it was a bit of a gamble and we weren’t really sure how we would go. How would we get the word out to people in other parts of Australia? We had been selling Swags for so many years in Geraldton that I think most people had one, if fact people who had been given a swag when they were children were now starting to come in and get a swag for their own kids!!! That certainly made us feel old 😊. Anyway, that was back in the day when we paid the local paper big amounts of money each month for somethinglike 3 or 4 lines of advertising ie Murchison River Swags our address and phone number! That was it, and somehow people still managed to find us out in our old tomato packing shed behind our house on the outskirts of town.
Then the internet came along and it was a whole new world. Luckily we had a clever daughter who was up with the times and convinced her dear old ma and pa that this was the way to go and made us a lovely website.
We had to take our swags and bags and Jake our whippet into a photography studio and thanks #karlmonaghanphotography who made our products look pretty darn good!
We still use those photos today (back when all we used was army green canvas) and I had to get Karl to dig one out recently for #countrystylemag when they put one of our Deluxe Double Swags on one of their advertising pages! We had so many Deluxe Double Army green swag orders after that!!! Anyway, then Facebook emerged and we asked ourselves is this something that will help us? No point having a fancy website if no one knows about it.
So, I did a few courses to set up this page with the lovely Gemma from Red Spark Communications. At that first session, we had 42 likes on our page which I thought was pretty awesome!! Today we have nearly 19,000!!! Now that is AWESOME!
So, thank you folks and thanks to Sarah, Gemma and Karl and more recently to #marniehawsonphotography who took some really beautiful photos of us for Country Style magazine and most importantly thank you so much to all of you who helped spread the word!
I recently got back from a trip I’d been planning with my mate Barry for the last 12 months. The short of it was, he would travel from Alice Springs with his daughter, and me from Melbourne with my wife and son, and we’d meet in the outback town of Coober Pedy and drive the old and beaten Anne Beadell track the 900 plus kilometres to Neale Junction in WA, and up the Connie Sue track the 300 plus kilometres to Warburton.
But if you don’t know of either track, that’s okay; I didn’t either until recently, when the mapping company Hema produced its list of the top 5 most remote tracks in Australia. At one time, the Anne Beadell track involved a 1300 km drive with no fuel stops. Now, with the Ilkurlka Roadhouse, that’s been reduced to a still impressive 785 kilometres of rough track with no fuel between it and Coober Pedy.
While I did a lot of research on these tracks before I left, I still struggled to gain a clear understanding of the road conditions of these tracks in advance, which is necessary in order to plan rough distances between campsites for the purpose of applying for travel permits, as well as for knowing how much fuel to take. So, it was a kind of learn as you go trip, and over the next few weeks I'll discuss how it all unfolded.
My wife accompanied me on my recent trip along the Anne Beadell highway, really a bush track, but she wasn't impressed with the idea of sleeping in a bedroll, so we bought an uber comfortable queen sized dome swag from Kulkyne Kampers in Victoria, and paid extra for the deluxe pillow top mattress. I still have my original dome swag from Kulkyne Kampers, but this one with the thick mattress is seriously comfortable.