Continuing our Australian outback safari, we left Coober Pedy early in the morning of the 14th September, bidding a fond farewell to our hosts at the Desert View underground motel,The Opal Whisperer and his wife.
I wasn’t looking forward to this part of the trip, as we were actually heading back down the same road we had come up on from Port Augusta, a distance of 540 kilometres, it was the only way to our next destination, the alternative route would have been very complicated through sparse country and outback isolated stations.
So music was again the choice of amusement to break the monotony.
The road back was virtually the same as the road up, long and interminable with the usual display of unfortunate Kangaroos trying to beat the big trucks on the roads at night.
We had the car camera on the widscreen running all the time, in the hope of catching some great pictures, the only thing we captured was a guy standing by his car in the middle of nowhere busily winding his watch, bastard was so engrossed he didnt even wave or look up, which everyone does on our roads outback.
For the next hundred kilometres we discussed this phenomenon, as to why he would stop his car just to wind his watch, his hand never left his wrist to wave, some people can be so rude.
Reminds me to check the onboard car camera now, in case it caught me a couple of times adjusting my watch. No sense clogging up the camera with trivialities.
We made it into Port Augusta late in the Sunday afternoon, the town was very quiet in the late afternoon heat, so we decided to continue on another hundred or so kilometres to our destination Wilpena Pound.
The road was to take us through the beautiful landscape known as the Flinders Ranges.
I had driven this road over forty years ago and am sure it was just a hard dusty red earth track then, now its bituminised all the way through. The last small settlement before the Ranges is a town called Hawker, its commonly known as the gateway to the Flinders Ranges
The beauty of the massive outcrops and unique landscape, bought back memories as to why I have always had an appreciation for this beautiful country
The Flinders Ranges are the largest mountain range in South Australia, which starts approximately 366 km (227 mi) north of Adelaide. The discontinuous ranges stretch for over 430 km (270 mi) from Port Pirie to Lake Callabonna.
I leave you with my collection of landscape pictures, that are a lead into the Beautiful Flinders Ranges and Wilpena Pound.
Catch you around the traps