Hi Neil, boobook and others, Today is March 30th and stilll no permits. Everything I read and hear says "end of March", lets see what happens, bugger all is what I reckon. I am too scared to ring as don't want to be too pushy and give myself a bad name. Is there anybody out there had a positive response yet ??. It is easy (automatic) to get CLC permits from Uluru west on the GCR and also from Papunya west on the Gary Junction Road. You can get fuel at Warakurna (Giles) but pretty sure you can't visit Giles met. station (go figure). Also no word on SBJR even though one bypasses Tjukurla by 18 kilometres. By departure time I will have had both my Covid jabs but obviously I must be a risk somewhere in the system. As regards to the Madigan, one does not go through or near any community so another "go figure" exercise, Finke is fine and open (go figure again).
Getting back to fuel consumptions, I am amazed at the enormous amounts of fuel some are using on desert crossings, I don't have roof racks, don't tow anything and drive a dual cab similar to the picture at left except it is a MQ not the older ML. I keep immacculate fuel records and use the "Gas Manager" app on my iPad. Did Wiluna to Halls Creek including Wolfe Creek crater a toatal of 2050 kilometres with a standard 75 litre tank and 10 gerries without buying any fuel at either Kunawaritji or Bililuna, Similarly with the Simpson on 4 trips, Birdsville to Dalhousie on the one tank and just managed to squeeze in 3 jerries of 20 litres exactly in each. I try for constant rpm and the right gear and low tyre pressures about 14 psi cold. Steady driving always gives me the best economy. I do carry buffer fuel as I said above in 2019 I had to do a big trip back to Dalhousue to take an injured biker back to the airstrip then turned around and headed back out again. Minimum fuel would have meant to go back as far as Mt. Dare to re-fuel and start again.
Now, re the Madigan Line again, mate has converted his 200 into a trayback by adding 600 mm and thus his wheelbase has gone from 2850 to 3450mm, how much of a problem would that be over the dunes do you figure, also he reckons he would be close to 4 tonnes (legal).