Tonight as we are camped at Kimba about 155 km from Port Augusta we have been reviewing the camping spots and the adventures we have had as we have travelled the 'treeless plain'.....that's the Nullabor for the uninitiated.
Fran and Bert met us on the Esperance foreshore last Sunday and we headed north to Norsemen where we had lunch. Then we were on our way. We camped about 25kms west of Balladonia. We travelled a bit further than we had planned but found a nice camping spot. Ended up being a 378km day for us and a hundred more than that for Fran and Bert.
Monday was another long day's drive which saw us get to just past Madura Pass. Our camping spot that night was Moodini Bluff. We had our first campfire for the trip. Really great evening.
Tuesday we crossed the border into South Australia and we could see the ocean for a large part of that day. We were hoping for a camp site on the Bight overlooking the cliffs and the ocean but it didn't happen. Had to settle for one perched on a rise and even though the camps book said it was a scenic spot, we couldn't see the ocean. However, we did see the lunar eclipse just after sun down.
Wednesday was the day of the great 'cook up'. Because we were heading into Ceduna on Thursday we needed to cook up our vegetables and fruit so they wouldn't be confiscated at the border checkpoint. Well the little gas stove worked overtime. At one stage it got so hot that Fran nearly blew herself up when she lit the burner. Luckily she didn't take any notice of Tony who was saying to turn on the other burner and instead turned the gas off at the bottle. It worked out that the little rubber o ring had fallen out and not been put back in. Anyway, all was good and there was an abundant supply of pumpkin soup, stewed apples, coleslaw and potato and fish patties to last for the next few days.
Yesterday we booked into the dodgiest caravan park you could imagine. Best thing was that we could have a nice hot and LONG shower, we got the washing done and were able to fill up the water tanks in the van.....oh that's right - Tony and Bert sourced some cheap oysters - $7 doz!
Today, Good Friday, we have driven through to Kimba, a really lovely town that claims to be the midway point of Australia. We are camped at the Apex and Lions free camp in the middle of town and all is good. Gee we have had some great meals, very humorous sundowners and early nights.
Tomorrow we head to Port Augusta to stock up with food and then we commence the trek up the centre.