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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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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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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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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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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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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