On the road again…..
Day 4 – REST DAY – Good to have a catchup/rest day (code for laundry etc). Also managed a nice valley walk in the southern Flinders where we are camped (Spear Creek) and climbed a steep, high hill to enjoy the end of day view over to Spencer Gulf. Camp is on a sheep station so we bought fresh lamb chops and leg roast. Great bush camp, secluded with our own flush toilet, running spring water and lovely views.
Day 5 – Driving and shopping day (Port Augusta). Overnight at Roxby Downs.
Day 6 – Our first taste of driving in the outback, Borefield Rd to Oodnadatta Track, and the first sighting of Lake Eyre South. Tried to walk to the water but it got too muddy after almost 1k. Camping at Coward Springs and Dick took a dip in the warm springs.
Day 7 and the end of our first week on the road. We have driven over 2000 k’s and today flew over Lake Eyre in a 4-seater Cessna. Lake Eyre is the world’s largest salt lake, approximately the size of Wales or Israel. The rivers that feed the lake cover an area of 1.2 million square kilometers, and no rivers or streams flow out of the lake. As this is Australia’s great artesian basin it contains a string of mound springs and we visitd a few today, as well as the ruins of Strangways where the Overland Telegraph went thru from 1872-1896. Staying at William Creek (population 12 except when there is water in Lake Eyre), and may be here for a while as all the roads out are closed due to rain, except for the one we drove in on.
Pat & Dick, the new grey nomads!