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Australian man is driving 5,000km detour to get his car home

Australian man is driving 5,000km detour to get his car home

Broome/ Australia: This week a 64-year-old Australian man is driving almost 5,000km alone to get home in Kununurra in far northern Western Australia.

Chris English is not on any record-setting adrenaline rush to catch attention.

He had no choice when a ‘biblical flood’ stranded his car in the coastal hub of Broome, The Guardian reported.

He will drive through red desert in the outback by day and camp out at night to take his car home.

In December, English and his wife drove to Broome to catch a cheaper flight to be with their children in Perth for Christmas and The New Year.

Toward the end of their stay in Perth by early January, they realized troubles were coming in the form of worst-ever floods in northern part of Western Australia.

Fitzroy River flooded destroying the road between Broome and Kununurra, foiling their plan to drive the same route back home.

They had to pick up their car from Broome from where they boarded flight to Perth.

They sat over Google Maps to find a way home to avoid road closures and inundations.

There emerged an idea for a “ staggering” trip through vast U-shaped route around the centre of Western Australia, past the Northern Territory before getting back home in Kununurra.

The long winding trip involves 4,770km taking 64 hours, which is longer than driving from Madrid to Moscow, according to the report.

English’s son Craig reportedly said his father is “a very seasoned in terms of outback driving”

English’s wife will fly back to Kununurra as she needed to get back earlier for work.

English set off on Monday morning in his Nissan Patrol four-wheel-drive with a portable stove and supplies for a week.

Suddenly a lot of people began to take note of the trip when English’s son began updating his small Twitter following about the trip.

Now thousands of new followers are eager to hear about his father’s latest whereabouts.

English is overwhelmed by the attention he is receiving from netizens.

On Wednesday he arrived in the Northern Territory, and camped out next to Uluru here.

English, who is expected to be back home by Monday, will burn about $1,000 for petrol over the course of the trip.

The family is not worried about him getting lost because whole country is looking for him, his son said.

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