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Friday 9th July
Left our Gravel Pit – camp site and headed north to Coober Pedy. 210 ks later we arrived around 11:15 am. Found our free site at Old Timers mine site. Was a dusty area with another 5 or 6 van. No wind so all was good. Set up camp and went to town to top up some groceries and drinks. Our van battery was not charging from our solar panels so intend to look at that tomorrow. Town is very interesting and is primarily a town built on top of a series of opal mine sites. No grass and vegetation to speak of but plenty of dirt.
Thursday 8th July
Left camp this morning around 930. Had great night and long sleep. headed north on Stuart Highway intending to get a coffee as first town which was Woomara more than 100 ks later. Explored the museum and town. Got our coffee and proceeded on. A few ks up the road we stopped to get some drinks in case we had a campfire this evening. Arrived at another free camp around 230 pm. It was named gravel pit 36 ks north of Glendambo. And we did have a camp fire this evening. Weather slightly warmer again so managed to sleep with one less layer that evening.
Wednesday 7th July
Left Morgan around 9 am after filling up with fuel. Traveled through to Burra and on to North Tent hill which was about 35 ks north of Port August. Managed to purchase a new camp stove at Port Pirie to replace our broken one which died yesterday. Another free camp off the road in a maze of red soil tracks and scrub. Early night but slightly warmer than previous nights. Off to Woomera tomorrow.
Monday 5th July
Spent today in and around our camp in Mildura sorting out our gear for the big move north tomorrow. Good to tidy up all the gear, yet another cold night but sunny day.
Tuesday 6th July
Left Mildura around 10 and headed for the SA border. Were searched for fruit and vegetables and then the police checked our entry permit and then 100 metres in we had the Covid test ( my first one). Should get results tomorrow Wednesday but basically we are free to roam SA for as long as we want. We decided to book into a paid caravan park in Morgan to enjoy some power and hot water. Another cold and early night. Although tonight we had electric heating in the van so watched tv for a few hours. Off to north of Port Augusta tomorrow.
Sunday 4th July
Spent a full day in Mildura. Travelled into town to check it out. Fantastic parklands along the Murray full of people, dogs and steam boats. Blue sky’s but still very cold.
Back to camp mid afternoon and cleaned up things and prepared dinner. We had steak, cauliflower and carrots ( have to use up all the fruit and vegetables before crossing the border into SA on Tuesday).
Early night and in bed by 830pm. Going to be a cold night – forecast 2 degrees.
And below is our home for next 3 months and Cath – forgot to post this on Friday.
Early start packing up at 630am. Warm in bed last night but lot of condensation on our ceiling. We were on the road by 720am. Long way to go today. Stopped for coffee at Minyip (home of the flying doctor) and bought some bread, bananas and dog food at the local IGA. Interesting sculpture in town roundabout. Long drive through many towns and past several of the painted silos found in this part of Victoria. Also drove through Warracknabeal (home of Nick Cave). Finally arrived at Merbein common near Mildura. After searching for our friends camp spot we set up our home for next 3 days. A great free site on edge of Murray river ( Victorian side of course).
We had been building to this day for many months and finally left Cape Woolamai at 930am. Coffee picked up in San Remo and hit the road to Ballarat. A great lunch with friends from CVA. First full fill up of fuel on the outskirts of Ballarat.
We finally found our way to a free camp site at Great Western for the night. No access to toilets or showers so managed with our own porta loo, water etc, bought some fish and chips in nearby Stawell. Very cold night but managed to be warm in the pod with a one dog night.
No pictures today.
Given our inability to travel overseas in the past few years and possibly the future we have decided to bring our Australian travel plans forward to the present.
Together with several of our Island friends we have pieced together vehicles and caravans of different shapes and sizes and will travel in tandem but also split up and meet again at agreed locations further along the track.
After much planning Cath and I are hitting the road July 2 (tomorrow). We aim to have lunch in Ballarat with some of my old work colleagues. Then onto Great Western for first night.
Our big aim is to travel for 3 months and subject to Covid making it difficult to enter some states we want to move west through South Australia, north to Northern Territory, west to West Australia and then south through Perth region and eventually head east across the Nullarbor and back home to Cape Woolamai late September.
We have purchased a second hand Jayco Jpod and modified it to hopefully provide a great home for us and Pooki.
We hope to create an interesting blog again using this site with interesting stories about our adventures on the road together with and will also add a lot of pictures.
There will be lots of camp cooking and staying at ‘free’ sites so we need to use our batteries and solar panels along the way. We will also stay at several key caravan parks along the way to enjoy a little more luxury and recharge ourselves as well as the batteries.
So check out this site when you want to see how we are travelling.
Here are a few pics of our set up.