We had breakfast and showers this morning but still managed to be on the road before the flies were up.
We’d been told the road was better further north and I think that was right. Several bores were shown in a brochure we had but we didn’t see any sign of them until we spotted clouds of steam rising up ahead. It was the Mitta Mitta bore and the wetlands fed by it were lovely. We followed the “river” from the outlet for a couple of hundred metres and expected the water to be cool by then but it was still too hot for a bath.
When we got back to the bore head two couples we met at Mungerannie were there and one of the men was trying to boil eggs. When the eggs had been cooking for about 17 mins they were still only very soft boiled so we left and said we’d find out how it went when we met them again in Birdsville. We drove a little way down the road then noticed a road going into what seemed to be a billabong. It looked like there was blossom in the trees and snowflakes on the ground but it was all little downy feathers, probably from flocks of Corellas that come in to drink. Soil had been banked up to hold back the flow from the bore and a lovely wetland was the result.
On the western side of the road, according to our map, was the Tirari Desert and on the eastern side the Sturt Stony Desert but quite often both sides looked identical. It’s difficult to understand how cattle are able to survive on the meagre plants available but they all look healthy.
There were several tracks shown on the map but we didn’t see the roadsigns. There was a big rectangular, white sign completely covered in 4WD club stickers and after a while it became obvious that at some time the sign had marked Walkers Crossing which takes 4WD vehicles to Innaminka….. the hard way!
We are now in Birdsville, Queensland and staying for a couple of nights so we can do some washing. It’s going to be summer clothes from now on if today is anything to go by.