from mullock heaps to Murray

Hi
What days the last two have been! Close on 1700 km travelled!

Tuesday morning and we’re on the road from Yulara near Uluru – destination: Coober Pedy. What a trip through arid Australia this was. Fuel stops at Ebenezer Roadhouse & Kulgera … complete with strutting peacock & shoes hanging all over the tree that greets you on entry.

As we neared opal mining ‘Central’ – Coober Pedy it was astonishing to see the extent of the mining – mullock heaps as far as the eye could see. In fact our accommodation for the night was at Riba’s Caravan Park … the site of a disused opal mine. Dale & I were able to arrange her siblings& spouses to each have an underground bedroom for the night – like sleeping in an underground cave. They appreciated it- apart from anything they had spent the previous 4 weeks ( yes, that’s right ) in the confines of the Motorhome. Prior to that I enjoyed the best pizza at a local restaurant before we all took a so – worthwhile mine tour. Soinformative!

Next morning., early start and we ‘re off on the big 950 k or so trip to Renmark on the banks of the Murray in S.A. It was a longday with the sense we were chasing the clock all day. The landscape as we drove south toward Port Augusta continued to be so arid.

However , after a few more hours we were driving through beautiful wheat and grape- growing country NE of Adelaide … wineries galore. My behind and legs had got quite uncomfortably numb by then, so it was nice to drive the final stretch through Riverland country hugging the iconic Murray river. We got into a quite-stunning Big 4 park right on the Murray around 7.30 pm.

We had been on the road for about 13 hours. Next stop Wagga Wagga.
Cheers,
David

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