Pippos Family Snow Trip!
Over the winter we took a family road trip holiday over to the beautiful Victorian high country. We stayed in a small town called Bright at the base of some of the most amazing snow destinations. Once upon a time, during this drive, there would have been pockets of the country with complete signal loss. However with the Cel-Fi GO Mobile Kit with the larger Trucker Edge Antenna Pack installed to the vehicle we are able to reduce that!
As we live in the Riverland, South Australia the shortest route over to Bright takes us on the Loxton to Pinnaroo Road or Mallee Highway. This road is renowned for poor phone signal and after the recent installation of a small cell phone tower as part of the government’s black spot program we were able to achieve coverage for most of the 100 km stretch of Highway. Big sandhills and thick mallee trees that line the Highway make signal connection poor.
Once we had almost reached the town of Pinnaroo in the heart of the Mallee, we took a dirt road shortcut across to the Ouyen Highway from there we took mostly back roads that normally have very little phone coverage. Some of the towns we travelled through along the way were Cowangie, Underbool, Oouyen, Chinkapook, Sea Lake, Berriwillock, Warne, Tittybong, Kerang, Gunbower, Echuca, Shepparton, benalla, glenrowan, wangaratta, we had to stop at the Beechworth bakery! Then straight through to eurobin, porepunkah then finally landed in Bright!
The amazing thing was we managed to maintain phone signal the entire trip once we got past Pinnaroo. We had never travelled this road before and relied heavily on Google maps for navigation, I personally prefer the satellite view when navigating and the only downside is it does require a constant internet connection as it is always updating and downloading new map data.
Once we settled in, we visited Mount Beauty for our first experience of snow. None of us as a family had ever seen snow! Let alone take a car for a drive through it!
When we arrived it was like a Wonderland, just such a bright white that seems to cover everything like icing on a cake. We did have a couple dropouts along the way but only for a few seconds when we were very high up in the mountains.
After lots of exploring and finding a few old fire trails to test out the 4 x 4, we headed home via Shepparton, Kerang, Swan Hill, Boundary Bend and in through Hattah, just before Red Cliffs we took the Werrimull Road which took us to the Sturt Highway. Travelling in this direction to get home we managed 99% coverage of the entire trip
Running a small computer company requires constant communication and connection to the internet, luckily with the Cel-Fi GO Mobile Kit installed we were able to stay connected when it mattered most!
The photos just don’t seem to do the snow laden places we visited justice however it was amazing to see for the first time in our lives.