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Archive for June, 2021

Coober Pedy – Day 7

The last time we were up this way Alex was breathalysed near Marree because the rodeo was on, yesterday it happened again for no apparent special reason. He was happy to oblige, grateful that it wasn’t a random Covid test!

This morning our neighbour pointed out that our front tyre was FLAT. Luckily Alex was able to pump it up so we could drive into “town” to find a repairer. We spotted a Goodyear workshop which was supposed to be open but no-one was around so we continued on down the main street and came across Bull’s Garage which was perfect. “Bull” had the small stone removed from the tread in no time and the hole plugged though Alex did everything that needed two hands because Bull had 9 stitches in the pad of his left hand.

We did laundry then drove around the town looking for things of interest.

In the afternoon we went out to The Breakaways which are low hills which have broken away from the Stuart Range.

William Creek to Coober Pedy – Day 6

We were up before the sun this morning and had to pack up the camper with moisture still on it after a frosty night. Lots of people had said they were heading for Coober Pedy so we expected lots of company but that didn’t happen, traffic coming from the opposite direction was a surprise.

The road was good but Monsieur decided the right hand side, the French way, was best so spent as much time as possible over there. He did remember to indicate before making any lane changes, pity no one was about the see them.

Coober Pedy has changed a lot since we were last here with a new Council Office and Visitors’ Centre, Water Purchasing bowsers, plus new shops and paved footpath. Other things haven’t changed like the decrepit structures, the tired old Mad Max relics and the many opal selling establishments.

We’ve put the annexe up on the camper so that means we’re here for at least a couple of days.

It’s very cold here tonight, Fergus has opened his crate and climbed into his padded “igloo”

Marree to William Creek – Day 5

The Marree Caravan Park could best be described as “shabby” but we enjoyed using an ensuite beside an empty cabin then drank our morning hot chocolates and coffee while we hoped the camper canvas dried. Because of the weather we decided against the Birdsville Track, the mud at Marree was enough for a while so the Oodnadatta Track heading towards the bitumen, Stuart Highway, seemed a better option.

Along the Track we stopped at a few of the old railway sidings and Fettlers Cottages.

We could see water at Lake Eyre South and when we stopped at a lookout there was “Priscilla” which had come into Marree Caravan Park complete with support car, trailer filled with bikes, Mum, Dad and three kids. Later I heard Dad say he took the top off a normal bus and raised the height. I was quite astonished to see him open a side flap and stuff washing into the machine fitted there alongside a dryer.

We’re off to the pub for dinner tonight, no need to dress up for the occasion and Fergus can sit with us in the enclosed verandah, dog lead supplied. Priscilla and entourage are also here.