Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Day 1

Departing Southern Cross

Distance travelled - 769.1 km

After a leisurely wake up and finishing off the last few tasks at home and about I headed off just after 10am. Drove through to Norseman and had a bit of a leg stretch there and spent some time in the Information Centre reading a bit of history and looking at maps and brochures for South Australia. Left Norseman and continued onwards not really sure where I would stop. Eventually pulled over about 40km short of Cocklebiddy and camped overnight out the back of a parking bay some distance off the road. Went to bed early and was asleep before 7pm I would think. Had a good sleep although did hear several very weird noises originating it seemed from the car but a few checks didn't reveal anything so back to sleep each time.


Day 2 - Cocklebiddy to Eucla

Distance Travelled -329.2 km

Woke up at 6am to the sound of birds and of water dripping inside my swag tent. It would appear with the fly on and completely zipped up there is enough warm air inside to cause condensation. Got up and removed slightly wet sleeping bag and swag and undid all the zips on the tent to let it dry out. Went for a bit of a walk and spent time reading brochures about Adelaide while waiting to pack up. Heard some more weird noises from the car and careful investigation revealed a bird caught inside the front bumper under the grill. I remember thinking I hit a bird near Ballaedonia but didn't see feathers etc so thought maybe I had just missed it but apparently not. Finally managed to get it out and it took off without so much as a thankyou - what a rude hitchhiker.  Left camp about 9.30am and called in to Cocklebiddy for fuel. Spoke to a couple of people heading from Victoria to Albany for the ANZAC Day service. Continued on to Madura and stopped to talk to the owners/workers there about some of the nearby caves but apparently all the people in the know about them are away at the moment so no luck there. Between Madura and Eucla stopped a few times to try and get photos of some eagles in trees and flying around and one on a dead roo but none of them were interested in being helpful so unfortunately no great shots. Finally pulled into Eucla about 2pm and went for a squiz around the telegraph station ruins and then down to the beach for a look at the old jetty. Decided to go back at dawn tomorrow to try and get some ealry light photos of the jetty. Once finished on the beach I walked back to the car and went up to the campsite to enjoy a bit of time reading and writing after setting up the swag for tonight.

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