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Day 127 - Sunday 9 September 2012

Coober Pedy to Port Augusta

This morning David had a chat to our next door neighbour with his tiny tear drop caravan. He is eighty three years old and built his little caravan himself after his wife was admitted to a nursing home. The back flap lifts up to reveal a tiny kitchen with a stove, a sink, a fridge and cupboards. The front of the van has the sleeping area accessed through a small side door. The whole van weighs in at 300 kgs compared to our 2,900 kgs. His wife died last year so he is on his way to Darwin which he has not seen since his school days in 1939. Yesterday he travelled 900 kms from Gawler to Coober Pedy and today he is travelling 480 kms to Erldunda. We are not sure that we could keep up the pace!

The Minbago

The Minbago

We were feeling a bit grumpy today - we have three bad stone chips in our brand new windscreen and the Cats put in an insipid performance last night. We decided to give Glendambo a miss and inspired by our neighbour saddled up for a 540 kms drive to Port Augusta with the driving shared. We stopped for fuel at Glendambo and had a steak sandwich each to keep us going. We arrived at the Port Augusta Big4 Caravan Park at 5:00 pm to be told that the park was nearly full, but we managed to get a drive through site for one night so that we did not have to unhitch. Apparently Port Augusta remains the crossroads for the caravan set with Victorians now on their way home from the north and plenty of people still travelling north and west.

As we gave both Marla and Glendambo a miss we are now 2 days ahead of schedule. We rang the Levi Caravan Park in Adelaide and arranged to come in tomorrow rather than Wednesday - we will now stay in Adelaide for nine days.

Posted by TwoAces 02:15

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