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Published: October 1st 2016
Thursday 29 September 2016 - Port Lincoln
We were in the Port Lincoln caravan park and part of the whole-of-state electricity blackout because of the major storm which hit the state. SA apparently has only one major power generation system and several of the generators were knocked out. The day was ‘wild and woolly’ with rain and strong winds. We learned that several boats were lost and saw a mast of a sailing boat poking above the water level. Also Cummins and Ceduna experienced 115kph winds overnight. Phone land lines were down across Eyre Peninsula and schools and many businesses were unable to operate.
We went into the town centre for some shopping but the only supermarket that had power and was open was Foodland. No diesel pumps were working in the town. We had a 1/3 of a tank of diesel so our travel for the next day was limited by us finding pumps with power up the east coast of Eyre Peninsula.
Due to the weather, sightseeing was not good viewing so this gave us time to read our books (which we don’t seem to do with our busy travel
life!!). Leura and Doug made some lovely scones for afternoon tea.
After coffee, we went out in the car to the Lincoln Cove Marina which was new since we had last been to Lincoln in 1971. We also visited Billy Light’s Point, Old Mill Lookout and the Winter Hill Lookout which is where all the town’s telecommunication towers are. It was very cold. None of the pubs or restaurants or museums were open due to the lack of power so it was a quiet evening in our vans.
It rained on and off during the night.
In the morning we heard of all the floods in Gawler, Onkaparinga and the Barossa Valley. We only had a 1/3 of a tank of diesel which would have only got us 100-200 kms, so Tom went early in the morning to find a service station who had a generator for their pumps. He eventually found one and had 1 ½ hour wait to get the fuel, but at least we were not stuck in Lincoln because of a lack of fuel. We left as soon as he returned. Friday 30 September
On leaving very wet Port Lincoln, who were still without power and was expecting not to have power for a further 24 hours, we headed north for Tumby Bay, Port Neill, Arno Bay and Cowell which were towns on the east coast of Eyre peninsula.
We stopped at each town and if it was not raining we went for a walk with cameras in hand. Showers of rain were intermittent and sometimes it was windy so the warm coats plus rain coats were certainly the way to go.
Arno Bay had several lovely walks through the mangroves and to the mouth of the local creek which we went on. Cowell had lovely old restored buildings. Every country town has special features and most on the east coast offer fantastic fishing, swimming and picnic areas….on fine, dry, summer days!!!
When we got to Cowell, we decided we may as well continue to Whyalla for the night. We arrived at about 5.00pm and booked into a caravan park – with power (which meant we could use our air conditioning/heater.
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