Aug 12 2016

Walking through the Flinders Ranges

Going upBuns of steel.

That thought is keeping me going up the ridges and rocks on my walks in the Flinders. That and all the people over 60 (and even over 70) who keep passing me.

Stopping to take photos, and to soak in the atmosphere, is my excuse for being slow.

And it’s true. To a degree. I’m also not very fit. Going to the gym 3 times a week to get fit before I came away sort of petered out. It was cold and I’d rather stay in bed. Perhaps a fitbit would have helped!

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Aug 10 2016

Arkaroola – yellow footed rock wallabies and ice on the swag

Arkaroola my campsite is there

My campsite is down there somewhere

It is so easy to get lazy.

Here I am at Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary, after a drive through stunning scenery, with the sunset blazing mauve on the ranges, and kangaroos and wallabies everywhere beside the road, and I couldn’t be bothered cooking dinner.

Wine and kettle chips it is tonight.

People in campsites nearby have fires going, which is very enticing. But I arrived after dark, and not only had to set up in the dark, but first had to try to find a decent campsite. You’re not allowed to collect wood, and I completely forgot about buying some when I checked in. So not only am I lazy, but I’m cold.

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Aug 09 2016

All’s well that ends well – a change of plans

On the tar with the rugged Flinders Ranges to the eastMy car is fixed and I’m back in the Flinders. Well, the car’s not really fixed. The fan belt is still slipping, and the engine’s still missing. But I’ve worked out how to minimise the missing thing, and I can tighten the fan belt every day, so I’m going to live with it.

Don’t anybody tell Doc or he’ll start to worry that I’ll get stuck somewhere and he might have to come out and rescue me.

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Aug 03 2016

Dealing with car trouble in the outback

On the dirt leaving YuntaI’m in Gawler for a couple of days.

I thought it would be churlish not to call in to see my parents when I was just up the road, even if that road is 437k long.

Also, I had car trouble.

Yes, despite the care, attention, and time Doc lavished on my car over months before I came away, something went wrong.

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Aug 03 2016

The view from the top

Selfie of me and my sister at the top lookout, looking into Wilpena PoundI’ve walked 36,000 steps over 24km, and climbed the equivalent of 98 floors up two mountains, over the last two days. Yes, my sister has a fitbit.

I mocked her mercilessly for being a yuppie, then kept asking how many steps I’ve done and how many floors I’ve climbed.

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Aug 02 2016

Does it get cold in Australia?

Ice on my swagSomebody could have told me Yunta is the coldest place in Australia!

I woke up this morning and there was ice on the swag. Ice. Real ice. It cracked when I folded the canvas cover back and get out of bed.

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Aug 01 2016

Wilcannia, emus, goats, but no kangaroos

Flat landscape SAGoats.

There are millions of goats roaming outback Australia. And I saw a lot of them today.

As you do when you’re outback, I was keeping an eye out for animals. I really wanted to see kangaroos and emus (without running into them with the car), but what I saw were goats. Everywhere, there were goats. Beside the road, in paddocks, through the trees. Everywhere I looked I saw goats. At one stage there were so many goats in one area together I thought it was a paddock of sheep.

Can some enterprising council please get all the property owners to work together, find some funding, and have a “goat eradication week”?

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Jul 27 2016

Day 1

20160726_080212Day 1 – 735k

Wollongong to Cobar

Along with antibiotics and pain killers for the front tooth I had removed yesterday, and unable to talk properly because of the brand new plate in my mouth.

A good start to the trip!

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Jul 15 2016

How dangerous is it for women to travel alone?

Major Mithcell cockatoo perched on a branchI am about to have an enormous adventure, driving around outback South Australia on my own. I am so excited. But you know the two biggest questions I get– “aren’t you scared?” and “isn’t that dangerous?”

Seriously. So much to see, do, and experience, and you think I should concentrate on fear?

No, I haven’t seen Wolf Creek, but yes, I know the story. I’ve even been to Barrow Creek where the Joanna Lees/Peter Falconio incident happened.

Yes, I heard about those two young women who were viciously raped and almost murdered at a deserted beach in South Australia (the same state I am travelling in).

And yes, I have heard about all the people who have died after their cars broke down in the outback.

As a matter of fact, I have probably heard every story about every bad thing that has happened to absolutely everybody in the outback.

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Jul 04 2016

How much does it cost to set up your car to travel in outback Australia

DSC_4131I’ve set a date, and we’re on the countdown. Now we just have to make sure the car is ready to go.

To travel around the outback it is absolutely essential that your car is properly set up for the conditions.  This doesn’t mean you have to spend a lot of money, but it everything needs to work, and it needs to be comfortable.

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