Day 7 - Friday 15th April 2016.

Woomera to Coober Pedy - 374kms.

I slept well and woke about 6am, listened to my radio through my headphones. I got up about 6:45am and got on the internet. Marg woke and after we finished packing. We had a long ish day for us about 375kms, so we would like to leave before 9am. As it turned out, we left at 8:22am. Drove out of the Woomeras Travellers Village and head 6kms to Pimba(8:29am) for fuel top up.

The views were STILL absolutely stunning. (My photos definitely do not do justice to the scenery). We only managed 20kms(8:54am) from Pimba before we were shooting photos. It was still the Island Lagoon(8:54am) but it is so stunning. After 73kms, we came upon Lake Hart(9:15am), you guessed it another photo. As we drove along, we caught up with Kevin and Morris, (who are Brothers in Law), they were chatting on Ch40, but there was no traffic, so we chatted until we pulled into Glendambo(10:06am) where we all topped up. Then it was quiet for 138kms, after Kevin and Morris and wives pulled into a Rest Area, we drove on. Said our goodbyes, but will probably see them between here and Alice. Finally, it was a 116kms to the Oasis CP, arriving at 1:32pm.
We were on a drive thru. Now one thing about Coober Pedy Caravan parks is that there is no water, no drama, as our tank is full. I topped it up at Woomera. SO when Julie the Oasis lady asked if I wanted water for $5, I said "Yep". We are on site 45 with water which is like Melbourne water, just beautiful. The showers cost 20c for 3 minutes of hot water. I can live with that.
We setup camp, BUT the bloody satellite dish couldn't find the satellite. I tried everything and finally, gave up BUT there was normal TV, so no great problem. I swapped LNBs, cables and it still didn't work. I think that my satellite finder is on the way out. I will investigate it when we get to Alice.

Dinner was spagetti on toast. We are getting there. It was YUMMA.

Tomorrow is sightseeing day, I will ride around town and take some photos, before Marg and I drive to The Breakaways and the Dingo fence.

Our route from Woomera to Coober Pedy - 374kms.

Island Lagoon again.

It is very impressive.

Crazy rock formations.

Island Lagoon.

Lake Hart - just beautiful.

Site 45 - Oasis CP, Coober Pedy.

Day 8 - Saturday 16th April 2016.

Sightseeing around Coober Pedy.

I slept well until 5am, pulled on my 2nd blanket. I awoke about 6:30am and decided to ride around the perimeter of Coober Pedy and take a few photos. Sightseeing by Bike.

After I finished my ride, Marg and I headed off to the Breakaways. First, we drove around town and had a 'sticky beak' then headed out to the Stuart Hwy, turned right and continued for 22kms, then turned right onto the Breakaways gravel road for 9kms which landed us at Lookout ONE, I started taking photos and my battery on my 'good' caamera died. No drama, just change batteries, I have about 4 charged spare batteries, that live in a bag on the floor in the back. YES DRAMA, no battery bag, I bloody well took it out for whatever reason and forget to return it. Luckily for us, I had my 'old' camera that I take on my rides, so all good except my 'old' camera doesn't do panoramic. Meanwhile, Marg is playing with my iPhone and discovers how to take panoramic on my iPhone. A MAJOR DILEMMA OVERTED. Marg is a smartie.
From Lookout ONE, we drove over to Lookout TWO, a monstrous distance of 1.3 kms away and more stunning rock formations. A bit of history, we did this tour back in 2009 and it was brilliant but too quick. That's why this time, we drove it ourselves, I let the tyres down to 28psi on the mighty Navara and travelled to the conditions and stopped frequently, to take photos. My biggest problem was to prune the 100+ photos down to a handful for this webpage. A BIG Problem.
OK, after the Breakaways, we stopped at the salt and pepper rock formations, then continued on with stops until we came across the DINGO FENCE, or as it is called "the vermin proof fence". I don't know if that is Politial Correctness gone mad or what. Eventually, we made it back to camp at 12;46pm and spent most of the arvo in the fiver with the Air Cond going. Late arvo when it cooled down, I started to pack up.

Dinner was poached eggs on toast. It was YUMMA.

Tomorrow, we drive to Marla about 235Kms.

Today's sightseeing to The Breakaways and Dingo Fence - 78kms.

The Breakaways - Magnificent.

The Breakaways.

The Breakaways.

The Breakaways.

The Breakaways.

The mighty Navara is a speck.

Just stunning.

Salt n Pepper.

I am a trend setter, but Marg is catching up.

The Breakaways.

Awesome.

Notice the layers at the bottom.

The Dingo Fence.

Sorry the "Vermin proof fence".

Heading back to camp.

These houses stand out like the proverbial.

My iPhone panoramic.

My iPhone panoramic.

My iPhone panoramic.

My iPhone panoramic.

Day 9 - Sunday 17th April 2016.

Coober Pedy to Marla - 236kms.

I slept well and woke about 6am, listened to my radio through my headphones. I got up about 6:45am and got on the internet. Marg woke and after we finished packing. We had a fairly short day for us of 236kms, we left at 8:17am.

Drove out of the Oasis Tourist Park and drove through 'downtown' Coober Pedy. Noone was about. It is Sunday.
Turned right at the Stuart hwy, and headed North. First stop was at the Poolnoura Rest area(9:14am) about 77kms out. Next stop was at Cadney Roadhouse(10:13am) about another 77kms. As we were only 80kms from Marla, we stopped for a coffee at the Roadhouse. You pay for the coffee and then make your own. Different. We arrived at Marla at 11:29am, topped up with fuel and paid for a powered site ($20 per site plus $10 for power). You may find this extremely hard to believe BUT we were the only caravaner there until a motorhome pulled up about 3pm. Marg had a long nanna nap, whlee I updated this website. While writing, I had 2 willy willys blow through camp, no damage just dust.

Dinner was Marg's famous frozen pies. They were YUMMA.

Tomorrow, we have another big day of about 250kms to Erldunda in NT.

Today's sightseeing to The Breakaways and Dingo Fence - 78kms.

Poolnoura Rest Area.

Poolnoura Rest Area.

Poolnoura Rest Area.

Poolnoura Rest Area.

Cadney Roadhouse.

Marg making my coffee.

Inside the Cadney roadhouse.

Inside the Cadney roadhouse.

The back of our fiver.

We were the only caravanners for 4 hours, so we picked our site.

See, would I lie? No other people.

Day 10 - Monday 18th April 2016.

Marla to Erldunda, NT - 253kms.

I slept well and woke about 6am, didn't listened to my radio as the battery is flat. I got up about 6:45am and got on the internet. Marg woke and after we finished packing. We had a fairly short day for us of 253kms, we left at 8:26am.

Drove out of the Marla Travellers Rest and turned right at the Stuart hwy, and headed North. First stop was at the Agnes Ck Rest area(9:26am) about 85kms out. Nice scenery. Next stop was the SA/NT Border(10:27am) about another 73kms. We took some photos. We arrived at Erldunda, NT at 11:49am, topped up with fuel and paid for a powered site ($32 per site). There were 4 other vans parked there, we parked beside the 5th Wheeler that we parked near back at Woomera. They had left their fiver here and driven to Ayres Rock. We only plugged in the power, as the water is bore water.
We both managed a nanna nap and about 4:30pm, we walked over to the Tavern for a couple of chilled refreshers, well Marg had half a chilled refresher and I had some. We still don't have TV as the satellite dish is refusing to do what it should. John and a park worker tried today, but to no avail. SO as I write this I am playing my 7,500 songs. Marg is rapt.
At sunset, we walked over to the viewing platform and watched the sunset.

Dinner was our leftover roast lamb and gravy rolls that Marg bought for lunch. They were YUMMA.

Tomorrow, we have approx 200kms to Alice for some R&R.

Our route from Marla to Erldunda - 253kms.

Agnes Ck Rest Area.

SA/NT Border.

SA/NT Border.

SA/NT Border.

Desert Oaks tavern..

Desert Oaks.

Desert Oaks.

Desert Oaks.

Desert Oaks.

Marg heading to the sunset platform.

Sunset at Desert Oaks.

Desert Oaks.

Mr Moon.

Magic scenery.

Day 11 - Tuesday 19th April 2016.

Erldunda to Alice, NT - 194kms.

I slept well and woke about 6am, I got up about 6:15am and got on the internet. Marg woke and after we finished packing, we left at 8:30am.

Drove out of the Desert Oaks, Erldunda and turned left at the Stuart hwy, and headed North. First stop was at the Finke River Rest area(9:21am) about 74kms out. Nice scenery. Next stop was only 28kms away, it was the 1994 Cannonball Run memorial (9:51am), where a Japanese driver and co-driver driving a Ferrari F40 crashed killed themsleves and 2 officials. As usual, there is bugger all traffic, I like that. We arrived at MacDonnell Range Holiday Park.

We setup with power, water, sullage, Marg room and half the awning. After that was finished I tried to set up the Sat dish again, to no avail. Bob my new neighbour tried his finder, It showed 75% which is very good, but VAST just hung on Finding the Transponder. I drove into Jaycar in Alice and the owner said that I need a bigger diameter dish. I thought he was talking 'shit' BUT I bought it anyway. Back at camp, I was missing some bolts and back to Jaycar to pick up the missing bolts. Back at camp, it 'fucking well' worked. Marg and I were rapt, we now have Foxtel and VAST again. (Jump forward to Wed 20th, I drove back to Jaycar and thanked the guy personally).

Now we are very happy campers.

Dinner was spagetti on toast. It was YUMMA.

Tomorrow, I plan to cycle out to Simpsons Gap and then attack downtown Alice.

Our route from Erldunda to Alice - 194kms.

Finke River Rest Area.

1994 Cannonball Run memorial.

1994 Cannonball Run memorial.