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After covering 560 miles we have reached the first service station. The price of oil was twice the normal Australian rate, but we had no choice but to fill up our tanks. We also went to a local store in the Aboriginal village, but we were not as hungry as to test out-of-date products.

The further route still tormented us with the ubiquitous washboard and never-ending manoeuvring between the dunes. Problems with the temperature of the shock absorbers were also getting worse, so we often had to stop to let them cool down. Also, the screws from the lower bolt dropped off. It took us 5 hours to repair it in the middle of the desert.

I think we’re getting better at this! 😊

We needed to make up for the lost time so, we decided to the ride at night, which was quite a challenge. We were exhausted. After the breakfast we started the day with another breakdown. This time, we had to put to use the electric power generator and welding machine, which we luckily had with us. We have fixed the suspension but lost more valuable time form our schedule.

After another 2 hours on the “road” we lost one fuel tank. After another repair, we moved on. This desert is really merciless. At this point, our reaction to all the car failures is humour. We place bets on which car will break down next.

Rear shock absorbers in all the cars simply gave up, so getting over the dunes is even more difficult.

From local trivia, it is worth mentioning those seemingly harmless small dry bushes called Spinifex. They resemble dry curled grass. They are an important element of the dunes ecosystem and are very often found on the shores of Africa, Asia and New Zealand. As we know it, it’s a number one enemy of the car chassis.

The next morning we started with the replacement of one wheel and soon we were on our way once again. All things considered, we are quite proud of how well we have prepared to this crazy task. None of our previous trips have taught us so much about cars. 😉

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