Day 6, Coober Pedy – Lay Day
A relaxing night last night in Coober Pedy. Small groups of crews scattered all around. A bit of team bonding, a lot of laughs and plenty of funny stories getting around.
3.30am this morning and the rain arrived. Boy… did it arrive in style. Thunder, lightning, gale force winds, and bucket loads of water. Great call RB! Very thankful we didn’t stick with the bush camp! Everything would have been a mangled, muddy mess. RB was very excited to see and hear the storm. Apparently it never rains in Coober Pedy, let alone storms.
Today there are cars and crews scattered all over town. The workshops, laundries, opal shops, supermarket, service stations are all getting a workout. Getting ready for the 3 days where we will be travelling across the desert fully self-sufficient as one group. How exciting. No power, no internet, no phone service, no water supplies (aside from what we carry), no servos… nothing. Not even a toilet or shower… (We do have a number of satellite phones, should we need to be contacted or vice versa.)
We have been spreading the GIVIT word out in these backblocks and people (members of the public) just want to give a few dollars here and there. I have had a couple of random donations of $5 and $10 that has been donated on the side of the road etc. A traveller in Coober Pedy just donated $4.05 to one of our rallytives in the laundromat. How very cool.
For those of you who don’t know, we have Roo Arcus along with us. Yes, that’s right, the ‘No. 1 country album of the year’ singer – something like that anyway. Roo is a friend of ours and loves the rally as much as we love to have him along. Anyway, he is performing for us tonight. I’m sure this will be the first of a few performances. It is pretty incredible to see Roo perform in a stadium of thousands as well as in a recording studio, then to have him come and perform the same to our group is pretty awesome. Thank you Roo. (Anyone back home want an album and/or autograph, get your loved one on the rally to get it.)
Good phone service today as Coober Pedy is a major centre. Still a few ‘Finkers’ around. We have been asked by a couple of locals how we enjoyed Finke. RB is quick to tell them that he won…
Have sent vision and photos back to Toowoomba. Channel 7 local news will run an update on the RBR for anyone who watches. The Chronicle are also putting a story in the paper and Jamie did another interview with Graham Healy from 4GR. So listen and watch out for those on the Darling Downs.
We have a crew heading out this arvo on tomorrow’s course, just to double check that it is good to go in the morning. It may need an extra hour or so to dry a bit. Whichever way… all’s good. Plans are in place.
Well folks, better get back to the circus.
ROAD BOSS MESSAGE: Here we are, the launching pad into the unknown. This is what we have all come for and this is what sets our event apart from anyone else. We take on and do things that most just walk away from because it’s simply too hard. The next three days are going to probably be the most trying we have ever undertaken. The crossing of the Anne Beadell H/way and the Great Victorian Desert is the panicle feature of our journey across Australia. It is long, it is remote, it is rough and it is tough, but we have meticulously and pain stakingly planned the entire operation and logistics. Everyone here is more than up to the challenge and is 100% focused and geared for it. Without question we are going to run into difficulties and hurdles, but we are ready, we are willing and we are more than able to improvise, adapt, overcome and ultimately achieve. Three very long, difficult but hugely rewarding days lie ahead of us. In three days’ time (hopefully not 4 or 5) we will give you an update from Laverton with some incredible stories of trials and tribulations. This is the Road Boss Rally ‘Super Addition’ and this is what we came for.