I like to have a couple of big rides each year. The last few years I’ve started at Birdsville and included parts of the Simpson Desert. Seeing that there had been a bit of water out that way and some of the tracks and PAR’s were closed I decided to try somewhere different this time. Last year I went to the Gammon Ranges as a side trip from Birdsville but ran out of time to explore them properly. So this year that was the destination and continue on to the Flinders Ranges which I’d visited by 4WD a few years ago. I fitted out my trusty DRZ with the big tank, new tyres and tubes and luggage rack. This year I made a windscreen to keep some of the wind off my face. I made a prototype a few months ago and when I tried it out I decided I’d got it right first go so that was it. I loaded up the ute and set off for Noccundra which was to be my starting point. I’d checked with the people at the Noccundra pub that it was OK to leave my ute there. It’s about 1200k drive to get there so I was ready for a beer and stayed the night in a donga at the pub. Maps of my route. The Noccundra Pub. It was first built in the 1860’s and was rebuilt of sandstone after it burned down in 1882. It’s the second oldest continually licenced pub in Qld. I headed down the Warry Gate Road towards the NSW border. At the border is the Warri Gate (I’m a bit confused about the 2 ways of spelling it.) I crossed through the gate in to Cockroach County and into the Sturt National Park and turned right heading in the general direction of Cameron Corner. It was getting late so I set up camp at the Fort Grey Campground. There was a cold southerly wind blowing all day and it was hard to find shelter from it. Despite the wind the flies were really bad, which I put down to being in NSW. Having a table was a luxury. Being a compliant and law abiding camper I paid my camping fee at the honesty box. I even obeyed the “No Fires” sign.