It was a great day! Sia from KL Malaysia and 2016 Peking to Paris Rolls Royce ‘Brumby’ owner driver called in for a cuppa. We went over old times and I invited Sia to join Rattler Run #3 in August. Unfortunately he had to decline due to business interests. Sia owns a huge copper mine north of Mt Isa at a place called Mt Cuthbert and invited me and the Rattler Run crew to call in and camp the night and do a tour of the mine. It took all of a nanosecond to say OK.
This will mean a route change and detour after reaching Urandangi where we will head to Mt Isa thus deleting Camooweal. About 20k east of Mt Isa we head north on an unmade road…as we do, to Gereta and on to the mine.
After leaving the mine we will go north and hit the Wills Development Road and head west a short way and then north again to Augustus Downs and onto Leichhardt Falls and onto Normanton so we will miss Burketown. After a visit to the Purple Pub in Normanton and a visit to the iconic railway station we will try and make it for a prawn night in Karumba.
We will have tracking devices in all vehicles and followers will be able to see exactly where we are at all times except when the satellite system lets us down.
‘98 days to go’ before we depart on a Rattler Run to Birdsville, Big Red, Alice Springs, Camooweal, Normanton, Karumba, Croydon, Cairns, The CREB Track-North Queensland, Lakeland, Charters Towers, Airlie Beach, Banana, Esk to Wongawallan….over 7,500k in 21 days. All in the Rattler, a 1929 Model A Ford!!
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What an amazing night we had watching my first doco hit the airwaves here in Australia on National Geographic People. So many great memories came back to life and I'm itching to head off again. The next doco is already in production, covering the Rattler's trip in 2016 from Tasmania to the tip of Cape York. Plans are also well under way for the next adventure taking place later this year. There's a great deal of hard work that goes into a film production and I would like to thank everyone involved with the Desert Rattler Run, from the support crew, recce crew, producer Jason Markland, and film crew Clint and Miro. Last night sure was a reminder of all the hard work involved in driving all over the planet and the village it takes to get it done. I couldn't be more grateful.