Yesterday was a long drive from Streaky Bay to Adelaide. Fairly easy drive to Port Augusta except for one caravaner that liked to use up both sides of the road. After Port Augusta the road is fairly flat and runs along side the Flinders Ranges. It took a bit of effort not turn left and cross the ranges and head for Broken Hill.
Once I sorted out my homesickness for Central NSW it was on to Adelaide. The road turns into a dual carriageway and there are cars. The carriageway becomes an express way and more cars and trucks. Then its all traffic lights and turning lanes and cars and trucks and buses. The express way ends and the lanes narrow, I’m watching cars and trucks and buses and the fence running down the median strip. The van takes up the whole lane as does the bus beside me. Help I’ve just come off the Nullarbor, I should have a triumphant entry into the city with streets cleared of cars and trucks and buses, just people cheering from the footpath. We made it to the caravan park just south of Glenelg. Last couple of sites left, the manger took me down to a site and said back it in there. No problem just get the van to miss the overhanging limb on a tree next to the site while missing the fence in front of the car. Could have done it if I approached from the other direction but that meant going up a lane way the wrong way. The manager then said just stick it the bay next door. that was much easier. Up till now it was “just find a spot out there, there all drive through”. You could park semi-trailers in most blind folded.
Today was rest day. late breakfast, then a little drive to Glenelg a stroll around and coffee next to the Tram Terminus. Then it was a Blackies tour of Adelaide and up to Mount Lofty.
Adelaide Sunset (Beneaththelandslide at English Wikipedia)
Tomorrow it is off to Mount Gambier and Blue Lake.
What a day
We setoff from Nullarbor,(http://www.nullarbornet.com.au/) not a tree in sight and paid $2.10 a litre for diesel. We made it to Penong for bacon and eggs which looked great but were pretty ordinary. Then it was on to Ceduna to be inspected for fruit fly before being allowed to enter the town and officially enter South Australia. It was then we turned south to Streaky Bay. If you ever get a chance to get to the Eyre Peninsular Streaky Bay is the place to be.
We made it in time to unhook the van in a bay just beside the water and dash off to the pub to watch Freo win the grand final, well they didn’t win but came a close second. The pub was mainly Freo supporter but there was a very vocal small group of Hawthorn supporter which made for a very noisy afternoon.
After the match we took a stroll along the waterfront. the Mocean Cafe (www.moceancafe.com.au)was shut but was opening again at 5:30. We had lunch here nearly 2 years ago and wanted to try it again. It did open at 5:30 and we had a coffee on the front deck while watching dolphins, pelicans and terns on the water. Dinner started with a streaky bay Antipasto plate of mussels oysters, scallops, prawns, squid, tuna and fingerlime. The staff were worried we might get cold on the deck so ushered us inside to a table by the window after the sun had disappeared.
Main course was fillets of whiting for me and mussels for Pam wash down with a sauvignon blanc. We finished off with lime and lemon gelato for Pam and apple and quandong butter pudding with rum and raisin gelato. From truck stop to almost fine dinning in one day.
Hi it’s me again seems I can’t go to bed without blogging.
Tonight we are in Nullabor about the same sort of deal as last night except there aren’t any trees.
The driving was easy today as the first 90 miles didn’t have a bend in it so didn’t have to touch the steering wheel. This is the longest stretch of straight road in Australia.
The rest of the day was dotted with eagles, dead kangaroos, the odd motorcycle, a few more trucks and plenty of caravans.
Wedge tailed Eagle in flight (Courtesy of “Fir0002/Flagstaffotos”)
Tomorrow we will head for Streaky Bay on the edge of the Eyre Peninsular . This is a little off the main track but it will be worth the stop over besides we should make it in time to watch the Dockers trash a Melbourne team
Go The Dockers
If you get a chance barrack for the Dockers in the Grand Final