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Naming Rights: And the Winner Is ……….

Naming Rights: And the Winner Is……….Claude the Damn Van suggested by the lovely and mischievous Kat Hunter (no relation). Claude the Damn Van has accepted that his Christening name is a tongue-in-cheek show of love and affection.

He has been traveling bravely across the lands and, apart from a couple of blown fuses and an old-age fuel filter, is as healthy as when he began despite dodging suicidal wildlife,

Stare-Out Comp with Stubborn Roo.

Stare-Out Comp with Stubborn Roo.

…suffering flying stones while having circle-work done around him by post Calder Park Thunderdome enthusiasts

No Animals

No Animals

…suffocating in Oodnadatta Track dust, nearly getting bogged in the red soils around Uluru, being parked for the night in all sorts of locations,

Atop an Underground House at Sunrise in Coober Pedy

Atop an Underground House at Sunrise in Coober Pedy

…having to carry a tight-arse split-personality German… and an emu carcass (my fault).

Emu  Parade

Emu Parade

Thanks for helping Save The Kimberley, Claude. We love you.

Claude TDV Checkin' Out The Ochre Pit

Claude TDV Checkin’ Out The Ochre Pit

What Happens to Weaker Vehicles:

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Claude The Courageous

Claude The Courageous

Visit Kimberley Campaigner for background info and simple ideas on how you can help.

Bye for now,

Hunter G

p.s. you can send your love to Claude TDV here anytime. 🙂

Images and Text Copyright Hunter G, 2013 and available for sale (FREE for not-for-profit activities – so spread the word widely – just include a link to this blog). All profits from sales will be re-invested in Save The Kimberley activities.

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Silver City Bits

Hi folks,

finally the car is fixed after some fuel filter issues – although I’ll believe when i see it…..40 kms out of town and nearly a full tank compared to the 1/4 tank i used up during the last attempt to leave!

You’ll be pleased to hear that The Palace (Marios) Hotel of Priscilla fame IS open again…and lookin’ damn fine. And anyone who ever went to The Union Hotel in Fitzroy, Melbourne will be surprised to hear that the world’s best barmaid, Sarah (who worked at The Union and who is always really friendly and attentive) is now managing the joint. I hung there last night for a while but unfortunately no pics (too jacked off with car issues). Was going to leave town today but am tempted to perhaps spend another evening at The Palace. ‘Mmmm.

Anyway, in the meantime I wanted to upload a few pics from The Silver City.

You know when you’ve arrived in The Silver City when you see all the Tonka toys lying around…

Tonka Toys

Tonka Toys

Tonka Tyres

Tonka Tyres

Moonrise over Broken Hill

Moonrise over Broken Hill

Moonrise over Broken Hill

Moonrise over Broken Hill

Moonrise over Broken Hill

Moonrise over Broken Hill

A Tree which Thinks It's a Pole

A Tree which Thinks It’s a Pole

I love the chemical and matellic street names around town: Argent, Iodide, Kaolin, Sulphide, Chloride, Bromide, Mica, Oxide, Cobalt…..

The Main St: Argent St

The Main St: Argent St

Packsaddle - 168 kms

Packsaddle – 168 kms

The road outta town to Packsaddle. I’ll go there one day. I didn’t go there this time – but love the name. Was actually looking for the old abandoned drive-in that I photographed last time I was here. No such luck finding it this night – the big old funky ‘Now Showing’ sign may have been removed.

‘Mmmm, maybe I tampered with this one, below, a little. What’s the missing word? Either way, pretty uninviting façade.

Broken Housewives Association

Broken Housewives Association

Corro Iron Addiction - modern version

Corro Iron Addiction – modern version

On the other hand there are some really characterful houses and buildings around…

Denley Butchers

Denley Butchers

I love this joint

I love this joint

Funky Church

Funky Church

Civic Building

Civic Building

Corro Addiction - Old School Style

Corro Addiction – Old School Style

…and big wide streets, some beautifully gum-lined like this one, and others rolling up and down, up and down…

Gummed-lined Street

Gummed-lined Street

Lots of fun rolling hills around town

Lots of fun rolling hills around town

Broken Earth Restaurant - atop the old slag heap.

Broken Earth Restaurant – atop the massive old slag heap.

Street Scene

Street Scene – with Broken Earth visible atop the slag heap.

And I love towns where there are empty lots and the local kids use them as playgrounds and cut-throughs. Plenty of these around…

Shortcut through empty block

Shortcut through empty block

Stormy Sky

Stormy Sky

Night Storm CloudsOver The Musicians' Club

Night Storm Clouds Over The Musicians’ Club

What an incredible avante-garde exhibition!

What an incredible avante-garde exhibition – Tony Town Ace reflected in the glass!

Moon Rimlighting Clouds

Moon Rimlighting Clouds

Da Moon, Da Moon

Da Moon, Da Moon

…great excuse to include some of The Mighty Boosh….

Unity - Friendship

Unity – Friendship

The Golf Course! Seriously.

The Golf Course! Seriously.

Romance of The Swag

Romance of The Swag

…Haven’t used my swag yet, It’s been too damn hot most nights.

even the tolet block is funky

even the tolet block is funky

Lovin the Lines

Lovin the Lines

Christmas Lights at Dusk

Christmas Lights at Dusk

…This one festooned house was the one and only, overlooking part of South Broken Hill.

Rob ex 'Top End Meats'

Rob ex ‘Top End Meats’

Rob (and daughters??) ex ‘Top End Meats’. Sat morning fundraiser for colleague’s ill daughter. Great fella.

Rob ex 'Top End Meats'

Rob ex ‘Top End Meats’

Old BHP Site-Office Remains

Old BHP Site-Office Remains

…Let’s hope the Woodside proposal for James Price Point (Walmadan) leaves just as little impact. BHP is one of the minor joint-venture partners. Other partners include BP and Shell, who are pushing for the much more appropriate and economically viable floating liquified natural gas processing platform out at sea.

Is this Hunter G?

Is this Hunter G?

…not sure, but this is Andrew, the RAA (RACV) man with the tiny fine-tuning spanner….

Andrew The RAA (RACV) man with the fine-tuning spanners

Andrew The RAA (RACV) man.

Pro Hart's Grave with Dragon Fly

Pro Hart‘s Grave with Dragon Fly

Pro Hart’s grave, with design of Dragon Fly etched into stone, gets a visit from the real thing (hovering in the above pic and landed on the RH wing in pic below). The grave-stone was designed in this way to imitate the sheen and reflections one often finds on still waters over which dragon flies like to explore and hover. Even the real dragon fly itself is reflected in the watery stone in the image above.

Pro Hart's Grave with Dragon Fly

Pro Hart’s Grave with Dragon Fly

The following was part of a long and enjoyable encounter with a local (who will remain anonymous at this stage – if you’re out there and see this, let me know if i can insert your name) who left his mark outside the Anglican church on his wedding day – a set of burn-out marks from one of his many powerful motorbikes. No surprise, the bride’s father (a very religious man) was NOT AT All impressed and demanded the groom clean them off – that was a few year’s ago!

Religious Skid Marks

Religious Skid Marks

Anglican Church

Anglican Church – complete with the infamous markings, an ongoing reminder to the devoted.

Ok, that’s all folks…for the moment. Thanks for dropping in. Bye for now, Hunter G

Images and Text Copyright Hunter G, 2012 and available for sale (FREE for not-for-profit activities – so spread the word widely – just include a link to this blog). All profits from sales will be re-invested in Save The Kimberley activities.

A Christening is Imminent

Hi folks,

I need help please: a name for my adventurous van. Looking for suggestions.

He/she’s a Toyota Town Ace (check out the funky vintage version below) and is courageously going where no Town Ace has ventured before, way way way past the city limits. A cpl of obvious ones: Tony Town Ace, Tina Town Ace. I quite like ’em but wanna put it to the people. Looking forward to your thoughts.

Someone (Kat Hunter) suggested ‘Claude the Damn Van‘ – I like it but not sure the van does. 🙂

Onward and Upward – all the way to Broome. Thanks folks and bye for now,

Hunter G

My City Side – on the city limits of Mildura

My Wild Side – Under Moonrise on The Silver City Highway

My Beautiful Vintage Bro – but definitely a city slicker.

Dec 16 – Addendum: And the Winner Is……….

Images and Text Copyright Hunter G, 2012 (except ‘My Beautiful Vintage Bro’) and available for sale (FREE for not-for-profit activities – so spread the word widely – just include a link to this blog). All profits from sales will be re-invested in Save The Kimberley activities.

Day 1: Leavin’ Town. Melbourne – Diggers Rest.

Cleverly I left my departure until peak-hour and to add to that madness I decided to drive to the Melb GPO at the corner of Bourke and Elizabeth Sts to set my odometer to zero and take a temperatutre and humidity reading – OCD already kicking in. Temp = 19; Humidity = 41%

But I gotta say it was one of the more enjoyable traffic jam experiences in my life, knowing that this was the start of a cross-continental journey in which I was leaving the big smoke well and truly behind.

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Approaching the GPO

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Odometer set to zero at 5.34 pm on Nov 16, 2012

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…over the Westgate Bridge. But where’s the Aboriginal Flag?

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…out along the Westgate Freeway

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…past the Mecca of Western Civilisation

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…and on to the Mecca of Western Suburbs – Calder Park THUNDERDOME!!!….where the very first thing that greeted me as I turned in was a beautiful Black Rat (aka Bourbon and Coke pre-mix in a can), tossed from another arriving car.

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Although very tempted to join the throng I decided to keep burning bitumen and really kill it on Day 1.

And so I ended up…in Diggers Rest, outside the abandoned pub. Yep, that’s right, a 52 massive kilometres from the GPO – Wow! At this rate I’d arrive in Broome in about 100 days, a little bit slower than I’d planned.

The abandoned and derelict Diggers Rest Pub

During the night I was entertained by some locals who decided to do circle work around my van, the occasional stone cracking into the duco…and then they were gone, roaring back into the night.

Diggers Brest

Look closely folks. Yep, someone couldn’t resist a small but telling alteration.

And that was it for Day 1.

Bye for now, Hunter G

Images and text Copyright Hunter G, 2012 and available for sale.