In September each year 40 masochists gather together for the annual race across the Simpson Desert. Their only reward is the glory of having competed…..and of course the piss up at the Birdsville Pub. We’ve been there and done it several times. Here are some photos from 1999.
Purni Bore to Birdsville via the Simpson Desert. 587k, 800 sand dunes.
Official Website: www.desertchallenge.org
The start of the race is at Purni Bore on the western side of the Simpson Desert. Held in September every year.
The countryside had started to flatten out by Day 3 lunch. Still a bit of sand, corrugations and stony roads to contend with but much easier going. Cooler weather was also helpful. 130k a day though seemed such a looooong way and was mind numbing. Finding a comfortable position for our shredded backsides kept us occupied.