. From this stop the road veers down to the coast for about 100kms from where we could enjoy wonderful views of the Australian Bight. This also reminded us that in Port Lincoln we were told that the fishermen from there bring their tuna catch all the way from this Bight area back to their fish farms near Port Lincoln to sell to the Japanese Market.
Also on the South Australian side from Nullarbor Roadhouse to the Border for 182kms is the only stretch where the road goes through the Nullarbor National Park and there are no trees, but the landscape is covered with small shrubs in every shade of green. Five hours after leaving Ceduna we were in Border Village and at the quarantine checkpoint where the officials went through the car and the caravan looking for contraband potatoes and carrots etc. After being given the all clear we drove the next few kilometres into Eucla where we once more filled the tank with diesel. Here we sat and ate our sandwich prepared the night before and had a drink. Looking at our watches and taking into account the two and a half hours time difference between South Australia and the West, we were far too early in the day to stop to set up camp for the night, so we decided to make our way to the Cocklebiddy Roadhouse where we had stopped on the journey over, two months previously. From Eucla the temperature steadily climbed. Arriving at Cocklebiddy in heat approaching 40 degrees and finding that they had just recovered from a power outage and a sand storm did nothing for our thoughts of staying there and as we were following the sun the day just didn't want to come to an end
. Tank filled again and with diesel costing $1.99 a litre so for our 80 litre tank and another $160 dollars later, we hit the road again with the intention now of driving until we felt that we could go no longer. Caiguna Roadhouse is just 64 kms down the road so no point stopping as still so hot outside but next was the long 90mile straight and the sun was becoming a problem as we continued to head west. The last 50kms or so were very tiring and the next roadhouse was a welcome sight. As we drove into Balladonia we were convinced that we had had enough and paid our $28 dollars for a patch of dirt with a power point and prepared to settle in for the night. It was now 11 hours since we left Ceduna in the morning with about 1 hour taken for micro naps and fuel stops which meant we had been driving for 10 hours and had covered a distance close to 1000 kilometres! The traffic through the day had been fairly light beside quite a few motorcycles, a few oversize vehicles, numerous utes pulling trailers loaded with long canoes coming back from WA championships and two crazy cyclists struggling in the heat. The Balladonia fuel forecourt was empty as we pulled in which is something we had never seen before. The flies though were particularly bad and when it cooled down we quickly took our electric frypan out on the picnic table close to the caravan to cook our evening meal before retiring for the night very weary after the long day.
At 7.30am we left Ceduna and headed west just as the sun was peeping over the horizon and the fisher folk were towing their dinghys out of the caravan park for the day's catch. We were not sure how far we would travel today but were aiming for the South Australia/Western Australian border where we had previously stopped 12kms further on at the Eucla Roadhouse. Sandwiches had been made for our lunch and all our fresh vegetables had either been cooked or eaten as it is not allowed to take them from state to state in the raw. It wasn't long before we were passing through Penong, just 74 kilometres down the road and well known for the amount of small windmills sucking up water from small bores to supplement the local water supplies. On our way over in January when we had reached Penong it was 40C but coming back it was a lovely mild 18C. There is not too much to see on this stretch of the road besides an aboriginal settlement at a place called Yallata, the Nundroo roadhouse and a bit further on the Nullarbor roadhouse where we took time to have a bit of a break and fill the Pajero with diesel