Arrived at dinner last night and a quiet night was planned… however, the publican had a different idea. Laurie has been around for a number of years and keeps popping up in pubs all around the place. Over these years RB has come across him a number of times with various rallies, as well as RB’s dad, and they have all developed a bit of a friendship. Anyway, Laurie came down to dinner with a surfboard to auction. Of course it had a funny story behind it, as there is not much surf out here. Long story short, RB auctioned the surfboard, then Laurie’s hat, then his shirt, then his shorts, then his tattoo sleeve. What a funny, funny impromptu night. Thank you Laurie and the Lyndhurst Hotel and community.
First stop after leaving Lyndhurst was the Farina Ruins – WOW! Another one to put on your bucket list. Head to the website and check out the Daily Information pages. There is more info there. Here they have a bakery where we picked up our packed lunch. Yes, they actually do have a bakery in amongst the ruins.
From Farina Ruins we headed to Andamooka over some very rough and rugged tracks through private property. OMG… they were rough! We had a couple of hundred kilometres of everything today. From sand dunes, salt lakes, rocky creek crossings, opal fields… All on the way to Andamooka before heading to Coober Pedy. By the way, Andamooka is also for the bucket list. Before today I had never heard of Andamooka and I am still thinking, “Is this place even in Australia?” Totally blown away by what I have seen over the last couple of days.
From there we travelled via Woomera (WOW) to Coober Pedy where RB has moved our bush camp to. Tonight there are a few showers predicted. As we were to all be in swags under the stars, RB decided to move us to town where we could be under cover. There would be nothing worse than getting all our swags, boots, tarps etc., wet before we head across the desert and the Ann Beadell. Speaking from experience, it is no fun to have everything wet and not be able to get it dry. RB sent a crew to Coober Pedy to organise our group’s needs for the night – great job fellas! Love their work…
Heading up the Stuart Highway this afternoon and there is lots and lots of traffic heading south. The Finke Race is finished and they are all heading home. They look a lot like us… muddy, dirty, loaded to the hilt and on a mission. The major difference is that most of them have trailers of varying descriptions and are 4WD’s.
A few cars are having some minor mechanical issues which will be sorted at Coober Pedy tomorrow. Nothing really to write about.
So it appears we will be having a lay day in Coober Pedy tomorrow, so no doubt you will get a quick update tomorrow arvo.
All’s well with the monkeys in this circus. How does that saying go… Our circus, our monkeys?