It is prudent to take care with what you pack in terms of supplies and vehicle spares and how you plan to stow and carry them, for there is no easy way out for an injured traveller or a crippled vehicle if things go wrong. For instance, the loss of a trailer or a roof rack will suddenly cramp your storage space by 20-30%. Repatriation is expensive and your comfortable independence at the wheel vanishes abruptly once you need mechanical or worse, surgical help from another party who is extremely remote from where you are stuck (and your home, too) and isn't concerned you have to be back at work on Monday. Early 1964 an American employed by Oilfield Caterers, the CGG camp contractors, came out from Brisbane to visit his client in a new Ford Falcon passenger sedan with 2-ply tyres fitted and to our amazement, made it clear past the Eyre Creek and into camp. A couple of days later we found him nearly carked, broken down not 20 miles out on his homeward journey. Lucky boy.