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Old 07-09-2013, 06:42 AM
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Heading out tomorrow for Wagga Wagga via the Snowy Mountain Hwy at about 7:30..
Not sure of the timing but you will drive brought Adelong. If its coffee time stop at the Beaufort Hotel in Main Street and say hi to Cynthia
We stayed there last weekend and had a lovely time. Friendly owners , great food and a very peaceful place. Tell them John and Susie recommended them

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Will keep that in mind.. If timing is good we will do that for you.
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Old 07-09-2013, 06:50 PM
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Re: Baa Baaa's Long Trip Home

Since you are a desert dweller, and most likely not seen too much snow around the Alice, some "local" advice might be warranted.
When driving past the snow, although the "yellow snow" may look attractive and tasty, DO NOT ATTEMPT to eat any of it. The "yellow glow" of that snow is in fact not naturally produced by nature, and is man made. White snow, on the other hand, is OK to eat. Also worthy of rememberence, that snow, although it looks very nice, and appears to be transportable, can change it's appearance dramatically once inside your new Jeep.
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Old 07-10-2013, 12:21 AM
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Since you are a desert dweller, and most likely not seen too much snow around the Alice, some "local" advice might be warranted.
When driving past the snow, although the "yellow snow" may look attractive and tasty, DO NOT ATTEMPT to eat any of it. The "yellow glow" of that snow is in fact not naturally produced by nature, and is man made. White snow, on the other hand, is OK to eat. Also worthy of rememberence, that snow, although it looks very nice, and appears to be transportable, can change it's appearance dramatically once inside your new Jeep.
:LOL: allypally thanks for the advice. You are right that Alice doesn't have much in the way of snow. It does get darn cold there during winter, in fact on Monday while in Canberra it was colder in Alice at the time.
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Old 07-10-2013, 01:06 AM
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Day 4: Got out of Canberra at around 7:30am and headed straight toward Shannons Flat. On the way up to Cooma there was a fair bit of fog. So out came the manual again to turn the fog lamps on. This was fun cause we rarely get fog in Alice.

Fueled up at Cooma even though we had just under 1/4 of a tank still left and having traveled about 800kms on the little over 3/4 used. At about 80kms before heading in on the Snowy Mountain Hwy I reset my trip computer. After driving through Tumut the average fuel consumption was an amazing 7.7L / 100kms. This I thought was great considering some of the terrain we had to climb. The highest I think I saw the average consumption in the middle of Kosciuszko National Park was a 8.5L / 100kms. I am thinking if I was going the other way it may be a bit worse as it seems more steep in a easterly direction.

We are all VERY happy we went this way, my original plan was to head in the most direct route home from Sydney. Thanks to Allypally and NumbThumbs (a former Terracan forum buddy... and now also a JGC owner ) we took an extra day or two to enjoy some amazing scenery.

I got to see snow for the first time in Australia. Being that my wifer is from Wisconsin I have seen it though many times. And in temperatures that make the Snowys seem like a summer day. (I remember one trip it was at -20deg)

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Baa Baaa was very excited with the snow too, even though it wasn't much.

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Just beautiful views traveling back down the lower we got the for green and amazing it was. Baa Baaa wanted to stop for a swim but I had to tell her in no uncertain terms NO.

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Got to Adelong almost right on Midday and stopped and had lunch at the Beaufort House an old pub that has been done out in to a restaurant, wine bar and accommodation. This was highly recommended by forum member Erina. Thanks guys it was great, and Cynthia says "Hi"

Left Adelong and got to Wagga Wagga at around 2pm. Heaps of time to relax before we head out for dinner tonight. And then off to Mildura tomorrow.

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Re: Baa Baaa's Long Trip Home

Love the pics Aus especially the first one.

I was expecting more snow though at this time of the year. I'm a Kiwi though (hold your jokes fella's) so we like our snowy pictures.

Overall though Aus, are you liking the GC as a drive IYKWIM?.

I find it so relaxing compared that is, to our WK. Not that WK is bad, it's just that WK2 is so smooth.
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Old 07-10-2013, 02:35 AM
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Great to hear you had a good day's trip, and covering the klms without any stress.
Love that last photo with the many colours contrasted.
Still not been pulled up due to no number plates?
Maybe Vic police will be more on the ball. At least now you are on a direct route to home.
Mildura should be a very easy drive.
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Love the pics Aus especially the first one.

I was expecting more snow though at this time of the year. I'm a Kiwi though (hold your jokes fella's) so we like our snowy pictures.

Overall though Aus, are you liking the GC as a drive IYKWIM?.

I find it so relaxing compared that is, to our WK. Not that WK is bad, it's just that WK2 is so smooth.
Ok promise no Kiwi jokes. :LOL:

Yes, I should have mentioned it today's post.. The ride is just amazing, the car is so quite, you would never think it is a diesel. I am SO happy that i got a Jeep, happy i waited for MY14 and very happy I got the Overland.

One thing I never mention is again today while driving down steep slops we could hear the "tone" again, each time it would last 5 to 10 secs. It seemed more common while going downward and turning. Anyone have an idea?
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One thing I never mention is again today while driving down steep slops we could hear the "tone" again, each time it would last 5 to 10 secs. It seemed more common while going downward and turning. Anyone have an idea?
Interesting. We hear it, maybe up to 5 seconds, going down our driveway (gravel slope) and turning at the 'jungle' (another part of our downwards driveway) towards our first gate.

Downwards and turning, just like you. It's a deep tone isn't it? I wonder what it is.

Just editing to say though, if I'm really crawling down the driveway (dicking with the touchscreen or foraging in my bag or something, just not ready to drive really - hands off the wheel etc, just really crawling down to the first gate) I don't hear it. It is only when it gets up to a certain speed (and I haven't taken enough notice to know what that speed is) that it happens.
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Old 07-10-2013, 06:39 AM
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Great to hear you had a good day's trip, and covering the klms without any stress.
Love that last photo with the many colours contrasted.
Still not been pulled up due to no number plates?
Maybe Vic police will be more on the ball. At least now you are on a direct route to home.
Mildura should be a very easy drive.
I love that photo too. No still not pull over by the cops. However our cop count is now up to 3. May be I need to flick them of to get there attention. :LOL:

Will be interesting to see the fuel economy tomorrow to Mildura. Had dinner tonight with friends and they said diesel is almost 20c a litre cheaper in Hay than Wagga Wagga. So we will fuel up there.
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Day 5: pretty uneventful day. Arrived in Mildura at about 3:30 did not fill up since Cooma until we arrived here. When filled up the computer still said we had about 180kms left. So we did about 850kms on 4/5ths of a tank. And when I filled up in Cooma I didn't even get a chance to fill it up completely as it was a prepay station, but it was pretty darn close. Found today when I was doing 100kph I was averaging 7.2L/100kms. When I was able to sit on 110kms I was averaging 7.6L/100kms. Either of these are pretty darn good in my book..

And a break today in Hay and stopped of in the Shearers Hall of Fame, quite amazing. Did you know that Shearers can expend up to 25000 kJ (6000 cal) a day.. That may be a good idea for a Jenny Craig program.

Tomorrow Pt Augusta...

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Yep.....the economy in these things is brilliant.
Last weekend we went down the Great Ocean road to Apollo Bay for a long weekend.
Filled up before we left and with the travelling down there and all along the GOR it averaged 8.1/100.
I've got 85 DTE showing and have covered 966km on this tank.

Once you hit the Stuart you'll do well over 1000k's easily..
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Day 6: Left Mildura at around 8:30 plan was to head straight to Port Augusta. However about an hour or two in to the trip I noticed we were going to be pretty darn close to the Clare Valley. Being that some of my favourite wines come from this region we (I) decided to do a detour. Got the wifer to start messing with the GPS to see how far out of the way it was. This some how pissed the GPS off and all of a sudden we were no longer on a road and the GPS seemed rather confused as our distance to our original destination was increasing. After 15 mins or so we ended up having to power of the GPS completely to get it to sync back up to the correct location.

We were very happy with the detour as the scenery was much nicer than the route intended. Stopped off in the Clare to go to Claymore and Tim Adam's wineries. If you love your bold reds I HIGHLY recommend these two places.
About an an hour or so and $1K later we headed out to Port Augusta in the rain. Got to give the windshield wipers a test, the auto detect of water on the windshield worked great. Very impressed.

Got in to PA at about 4:15 over the 600 odd kms we traveled today we averaged 7.4L/100kms.

Tomorrow Coober Pedy.. Yaaa... NOT.

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Oh, loved the idea that as soon as we crossed from VIC to SA the clock adjusted.

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