13-May-2006 -- Visited by Stephen Langman, Fiona, David, Neil, Brian, Annette, Terry, Bill, Colleen, Ken, Debbie and Kevin
On the 13th May 2006 my group of Confluence chasers arrived at our second confluence as part of my Simpson Geo Expedition, S25 E136, in the Central Simpson Desert, Northern Territory of Australia.
We had left Mount Dare in Northern South Australia 2 days prior in 5 four wheel drive vehicles, each vehicle carrying 300 litres of diesel and over 110 litres of water plus the usual safety equipment for a 3 week desert trip and had travelled out to Old Andado and Mac Clarke Reserve, where we started our cross country venture. Most of the way we were making our own tracks, apart from the occasional sighting of faint tracks left by other Desert Travellers doing the Madigan Line. With the aid of OziExplorer, we were able to pin point the correct swale (A swale is a term used for the area between the Simpson Desert Sand Dunes) to make our final south push to reach this very remote part of the Simpson Desert.
At 8.30am we left our camp to travel in a south easterly direction for 13 kilometres. After the usual very slow travel because of this remote terrain, and in low range 1st and 2nd, we arrive at 10am on the western side of a typical Simpson Desert Sand Dune and I believe to be the first ever white people to reach this very remote Location. The reason for this is because if desert travellers are doing the Madigan Line, they are travelling well north of this location, and travellers going to Geosurveys Hill are even well south of this location. It gives you a very special thrill to know that the area that we had just travelled, who will be the next travellers to see this truly remote location in the larges parrel desert system in the world.
After the usual photo shoot, it was time to head further east towards Geosurveys Hill and then even further north east to our next confluence.
Every confluence that you visit is special, but for my group, this was a very special confluence, knowing that we were the first white people in modern time to reach this very special part of the Simpson Desert.