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Day 126 - Saturday 8 September 2012

Erldunda to Marla to Coober Pedy

Last night we went to the tavern at Erldunda for happy hour and a meal - Di had roast pork and David had a rump steak with vegies. Di was a bit taken by a mut that was anxiously hanging around the door to the bar - it was mainly Jack Russell, but also a bit of Papillon - one ear up and one ear down. She found the owner who was also having a meal and got permission to feed the dog some scraps off her plate. Back at the van we watched the Hawks give the Magpies a bit of a belting!

I know that we left the tropics yesterday but 1.7 degrees when we got up this morning is no joke! Hopefully it will get to the forecast maximum of 23 degrees. We got away from Erldunda at about 9:30 am for our trip to Marla, but on the way we decided to press on to Coober Pedy, a total of 487 kms for the day. After passing through Kulgera we crossed the border into south Austalia. We had a break at the Maryatt Creek Rest Area for a morning coffee, then continued on to Marla where we filled up with diesel and bought a couple of steak sandwiches for lunch.

Border crossing into South Australia

Border crossing into South Australia

While David was filling the Navara with diesel a Policeman came over to say that the Stuart Highway was closed just south of Marla because of a fatal accident. A 12 kms detour onto a dirt track had been arranged by the Police and he advised David that our van would be OK if we took it slowly. The road trains were not allowed to use the detour, so no doubt there were a lot of grumpy truckies. The track was fairly narrow and passing oncoming vehicles was fairly difficult especially when we met an idiot with a car and camper trailer who thought that we should back up for him.

Detour south of Marla

Detour south of Marla

A dirt track detour

A dirt track detour

Just short of Coober Pedy a mongrel road train driver put his rig into the gravel and showered us with stones, he was either incompetent or it was deliberate - either way he should not be driving! We gave him plenty of room but he seemed unable to keep his rig on the road. Our brand new windscreen now has three starred stone chips!

We arrived at the Opal Inn Caravan Park at about 5:30 pm and booked in for one night - we picked a site where we could stayed hitched up. Soon after we had set up for the night a Minibago came in to the next site and set up for the night. The driver looks to be in his 80s and soon had a group of admirers. He claims to tow his rig at 120 kph!

A Minibago trying to put us in the shade

A Minibago trying to put us in the shade

Posted by TwoAces 02:59

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