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Published: September 7th 2011
Lake Gairdner - Island Lagoon
Lovely Lake scene we spotted from the road. A small corner of a very big lake.
We were packed up and on the road a little after seven o’clock this morning. Simon, our TomTom (Tom is a to obvious a name) was directed to lead us to Woomera via Port Augusta, which he did admirably, despite Frank’s best efforts to confuse him. I think that is something that men insist on doing. Set the GPS and then insist on going of in a different direction and then actually trying to argue with it. After a couple of episodes of this behaviour this morning, The Driver finally admitted that perhaps Simon did know what he was doing after all.
We drove through some lovely old towns in the Barossa and Clare Valleys before joining the Main North Road. Victoria doesn’t seem to have such picturesque towns.
Between Clare and Port Augusta we were met with a strong and persistent head wind, which stayed with us for the rest of the day. It didn’t bother the handling of the Ranger and van very much, but boy did we fly through the fuel. Our fuel consumption increased from about fourteen litres to nineteen litres per one hundred kilometres. To make things worse, the further north one travels, the more expensive
Lake Gairdner - Roadside Grafitti
No matter where you go, or how remote an area, grafitti is always to be found.
the fuel. This morning we paid $141.9 per litre at Port Augusta, and this afternoon we paid $169.9 per litre at Pimba. I am told we can expect to pay $2.00 per litre in some places. I am also told it still makes for a cheap holiday. I am planning to eventually set up a spreadsheet to keep track of such things.
We were planning to stop at Woomera tonight, but because we arrived there earlier than expected, we decided to travel another hundred kilometres further to a place called Glendambo. Then we passed a roadside stop by a lake with other vans and motorhomes parked. We turned back to join them, hence our first night of free camping is now in progress. We are set up with gas and 12v as well as 240v, so we can camp anywhere. No camp fees, which compensates for the extra we had to spend on fuel, so all is good.
We are overlooking Lake Hart which is more a salt pan than a lake. We went for a walk out onto it before sunset and took a few photos. Today is the first time in I don’t know how long that Frank
Lake Hart - Free Camping
Looking back at the free campers from within the lake. We are second from the right.
has actually seriously done any photography, and it was really good to see. For those of you who don’t know, Frank is a passionate, multi award winning photographer. Building the van has kept him away from it in recent years. Although, he did take some time of from van building while he built a camera. That camera has come on the trip with us. It is the second camera he has built. Such a intelligent and talented man. (I don’t know why he insists on arguing with a GPS!) Some of the photos I post will be Franks digital work.
Tonight promises to be a pleasant night listening to music, eating oysters and sipping wine. Very nice indeed.
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