The Road Trip Begins
Trip Start Apr 08, 2011
46Trip End Nov 09, 2011
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Balladonia is an Aboriginal word meaning "big rock by itself", and the area was settled in 1879. But it was 100 years later that the area gained worldwide attention when the re-entry of the Skylab space station left a trail of debris across the countryside.
We rented the room from a Dutch traveller working at the roadhouse, he told us the room we had selected was a dungeon....not the best start... then he corrected himself laughing saying it was a donga??? I didn't know which was better as I had no idea what a donga was. Apparently it's the accomodation they use on the mines. The room was fine even if the area at the back of the roadhouse looked like the set from Wolf Creek with tin sheds and bits of machinery everywhere
We survived the night and set out at 6am to conqueror the Nullabor. Man it was boring!. We crossed the Western Australian/South Australian border almost unscathed except for the crack in the windscreen from a rogue stone. Crossing the border stole 1 1/2 hours of our daylight and it was quickly getting dark and we were no where near Port Augusta, out next planned stop. It was dark, apparently there are kangaroo's, not that we had seen anything remotely alive, we were low on petrol and I was starving!! So we stopped at a wee lil town called Kimba. Lucky we did, because when the iPod was turned off and the car wasnt making its duff duff mrraarrrrrr noise we heard a different somewhat disturbing sound coming from under the bonnet. UHHH OHHH!!
Long story short (a first for me) there was something wrong, we didn't know what but couldn't keep driving, we stayed at the motel attached to the petrol station and waited to see the mechanic when he opened at 8:30am the next morning.
8:30 came and we were parked outside the mechanics. He listened to the noise and told us to come back in half and hour, pointing us in the direction of the town's one and only cafe. Now the elegance of the French word cafe was not reflected in this little establishment
Back on the road at 10:30am, with 4 1/2 hours driving time lost, we set off towards Wagga Wagga. Another boring long stretch of driving with no real interesting stories, sorry