B-LINE FOR BIRDSVILLE

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REG SPRIGG
FIRST DRIVER
IN THE DESERT

DESERT DIGEST

Cashbook and Claypan
Share in the tribulations of the admin manager as he balances the books from his Office-in-a-Blitz

Birdsville or Bust
Learn how French know-how and Australian muscle carved the French Line through the Simpson

East From Oodna
Marvel at the initiative of the early pathfinders who solved the mysteries of the Red Centre

Alive in the Dead Heart
Recollections from the crew who first burst the road through Australia's One True Desert

B-line for Birdsville
Join the CGG veterans on their return journeys to the French Line. Take their tip and travel with experts

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Back Again in 2013

Few Veterans Return for the 40th

French Line 40th Anniversary - Successful Return 2003


On 7th July, 2003 I joined one of the country's leading tag-along tour operators, Vic Widman and his company Great Divide Tours on an epic journey across the Simpson Desert, commemorating the 40th anniversary year of my party's construction of the French Line across the Simpson Desert.

Another on-the-ground veteran, John Blaney-Murphy, crossed that year after me.   Our pilot, Kron Nicholas also did a return pilgrimage to the wastes he had countered so well in the old days - he with wingtip and wheeltouch as it was done back then.  It is not so fanciful to imagine Kron reckons over-the-top is best.  Tankred Mueller crossed again with a party of   'Overlanders.'   All the same, as the years roll by, there will be less and less opportunities to go across for the blokes who opened up the pathway.   Age wearies, and many of my old mates in the original party of 45 reckon they have lost the spark to go again, so they say.

We'll see.   Cryptically, sparks might fly.  We can go back in 2013, even if it is only the Mt Dare to Birdsville section we traverse on our French Line.


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Dead Heart 
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