Touches of local colour:
Lady ordering her pub meal last night – Salt & Pepper Squid with gravy, please.
In the local supermarket this morning:
Cashier to customer, “Would you like a bag?”
Customer’s response, “Oh yeah, as long as she can cook!”
In the local petrol station/hardware shop this morning:
Cashier to customer: “Hullo Mr Brody, what impossible task do you have for me this morning?”
After that fun start to the day we erected the annexe. It’s always better to do these things when there aren’t many spectators. Alex says it was relatively easy, I say I’m going to write down the procedure when we take it down so it takes less than an hour next time!
The Dutchman’s Stern was our first port of call for the day. We didn’t pay to drive up to the top because we’ve been before and the little trip to the base was enjoyable.
We revisited Warren Gorge too, it has great campsites all along the gorge, the trees and rock formations are stunning.
We took a little walk to the Buckaringa Lookout and put our stones on the cairn.
Proby’s Grave was our stopping point for “lunch”…. chips and a cider. I always like to visit Proby’s grave, he was only 21 years old when he was swept away by floodwaters in the Willochra Creek. He was trying to save his cattle.
Willochra Creek is usually dry but we actually saw some water in a section of it. You can tell the torrent that does come down after storms by the deep cuttings in some banks.
Evidence of dashed hopes are everywhere perhaps the most obvious being Simmonston, “the town that never was”. The thinking in the 1800s was that “Rain will follow the plough”. Wise farmers these days have very slow stock levels, appropriate breeds and they don’t try to grow grain.
Most of the signs showing road conditions were flat on the ground so we didn’t see the one that said, “Road Closed”. Our planned route to Hawker via Partacoona came to an abrupt end so we backtracked and drove there via Bobby Creek Road. At one point we created a bow wave of bulldust.
By the time we reached Hawker we were desperately in need of a shower so we passed straight through and headed to the great showers at the Quorn Caravan Park.