Another day of driving, about 470 kms. You might wonder why we didn’t stop somewhere on the way but in this area there’s no where to stop unless it’s a layby occupied by billions of bush flies. No thanks.
The road was sealed but mostly single track and some parts were very undulating and patched. The weirdest section had long, deep ruts which seemed to have been caused by an extremely heavy transporter when the bitumen was soft. We’ve travelled on plenty of rutted dirt roads but never a bitumen one before.
The vegetation changed from almost stony desert to pancake flat savannah grassland then a shrubby treed area. If the “Fount of All Knowledge” could remember the name he sprouted so many times when we drove up the Stuart Highway years ago I’d be able to tell you exactly the type of vegetation that is.
We’re now at the “Heartbreak Hotel” Caravan Park. You might wonder why it’s called that and the version I like is that there was so much grief involved in the building of the place. Planning permission, getting workers, equipment and resources to the place and I guess dealing with the weather too all caused the owner enormous problems. The tradies decided the best name for the place was, “Heartbreak Hotel”. The alternative theory is that the owner’s marriage broke down, probably because of all the stress caused by building the place, and once again the tradies decided the name was most fitting.
The Heartbreak Hotel is at Cape Crawford which isn’t a Cape at all. A bend in the Macarthur River bounded the property of a Mr Crawford, and in the wet season when the river flooded he thought it looked just like a Cape jutting out into the ocean so he called it, “Cape Crawford”.
Once again there is no Telstra coverage here so no phone or internet unless you have Optus. At “Happy Hour” we were talking with two guys involved in driving heavy vehicles to mine sites, they agreed that Telstra was the only service provider you could rely on out bush but the company is failing in that area now.
Orroroo Caravan Park is still in a league of its own when it comes to clean amenities and I think the last couple of places we’ve stayed at in the running for the Wooden Spoon!