Heading into Opal territory

Trip Start May 16, 2010
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Trip End Jul 06, 2010


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Stuart Ranges Caravan & Tourist Park

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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Well we were off and running this morning leaving Port Augusta at 8.30 am, "Wise Man Jase" suggested fuel up first thing this morning and preceded to head to the petrol station on the outskirts of town !!.  What outskirts of town Jase ? no petrol stations for 160 km (oops) on the walky talkies several discussions later yep I'm confident I'll make it he says, Timmy says "oh shit, but we have more fuel than him !!"  I decide to calculate my fuel consumption and plan as always and yep we are right !!  Half an our later on the walkie talkie , Shaz says "we have just run out of petrol" and Jase is going to fill the tanks using the Jerry cans, you guys go on and we will meet you at the petrol station in the next town !!  Lucky Jase packed the jerry cans of fuel eh Shaz ???

What a great roadhouse at "Pimba" where we filled with fuel, "Spuds Roadhouse" it was a cool restaurant and bar filled with number plates from all over the country, woodfire and to Josh's delight, pool table and jukebox.  It was the perfect respite to wait for the stranded Graf family after "Alby Mangels" had syphoned their petrol out of the gerry cans !!

Onwards and Upwards as they say we are off again with full petrol tanks and another lesson learned, always fill up in town not on the outskirts!!! The terrain became very red and rocky but surprisingly there was a lot of green vegetation and the area definitely resembled a scene out of Mad Max .. The weather had actually cooled off a little once we left Port Augusta and was aprox 19c most of the day. Long stretch of Sturt highway and several DVD's entertainment for the kids as they are starting to get used to spending 6 hours in the car a day. Again Tim and I played the "Which grey nomad am I? " game as we are now passing them in droves (small things amuse small minds in this kind of countryside) 

A small side of the road rest stop was our place for lunch today as we had packed our own choice of culinary delights, although it was at a cost as we were all forced to use natures own restrooms for our after lunch ablutions !!!  We were back on the road again after a kick of the footy at 1.45pm with only 200km to knock over this afternoon yay !!

Are we there yet ??  finally we saw the signs for Coober Pedy along with all the mounds of dirt and open opal mines , very attractive town NOT !!  Suprisingly Jase pulled in to refuel petrol for tomorrow like any good boy scout would, BE PREPARED for tomorrows 500k drive....

Arrived 4.00pm at the Stuart Range Caravan park, nice but as for Coober Pedy we decided to start Vodka Oclock early, as it will seem much nicer later tonight !!!  A good travelling day .......
 
 
 

 
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Harvey's on

Feeling relieved you are travelling with experience campers!!! I thought it was the newby's that would run out of petrol. take care

Debbie McMellan on

OMG You lot cant go a day without some sort of disaster. I see that it's always the mens fault. Typical!!!

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