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Our Trio of Explorers Spend 6000 Miles Playing in the Austrailian Outback
By: Laurent Granier, Philippe Lansac, Photography by Laurent Granier, Philippe Lansac
Bush Road Rule No. 4: Tire Punctures
Imagine a climate so dry that any branch, brush, or twig becomes as hard and sharp as a needle. Then imagine your tires. We had more than 10 punctures in Australia. The solution: Carry spares, or better yet, carry spare tubes and a ready source of air. In the Outback, everyone does.
Bush Road Rule No. 5: Fires
Bush fires are started in three ways: The Traditional-made by Aboriginals in a type of slash and burn cultivation; The Accident-need we say more?; and The Natural-lightning is usually the culprit. All create heat and smoke that must be dealt with as quickly and safely as one can. The fires do not often cross the roads, as there is little to burn, but gusts of wind could push the fire too close for comfort. And in cases where there is no wind, the low visibility forces you to drive slowly-and endure the heat. Roll up the windows, keep going, and always listen to local reports. If camping in the bush, take extreme care, and always find a clear area large enough not to be affected if one sparks up during the night.
By Laurent Granier, Philippe Lansac
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