Port Augusta to Waltumba Camping Ground, west side of Lake Gairdner.
All good to go this morning at the Big 4 Caravan Park in Port Augusta. Again itchy to
go, the team gathered for a B & E breakfast featuring Hooch's perculated coffee, before heading out.
Two more presentations, as Rohman got a packet of Band-Aids for his call for the first aid kit the day before when he had cold hands, and Scotty got the inaugural ‘Spring Award’, for bouncing back after his clutch issues with the bike the day before. The spring award has been inaugaurated to recognise one of our team values, bouncing back after adversity.
Down the Eyre Highway, right at Iron Knob, and yee-har! We hit the dirt. Everyone was happy to feel the crunch of the gravel and get the taste of the dust in their mouths. Good dirt roads led us to the north west through dry country with spamodic dams. A few sheep and also goats were about on the side of the road as we
followed the footsteps of Edward ‘Eddie’ Eyre, the first explorer to cross from east to west. He had a tough
journey as he kept hitting salt lakes. He had a bit of munity and two of his team shot one of the others. Anyway, we passed a couple of his camp sites.
We pulled up into Mount Ive Station(click here) for lunch which was a good spot. Run as a station and something of a tourist attraction, it covers 250,000 acres, around the base of Lake Gairdner. A highlight of the day was taking the bikes and cars (no trailers!) up Mount Ive for some spectacular views (see
Continuing on north-westerly we checked out some ruins at Pondanna (what were they thinking?), and then pulled into our campsite for the night, at the Waltumba Campsite on the south-west shore of Lake Gairdner.
First night out in the swags, curried sausages for tea, everyone very happy and content. Small parties
made some expeditions out onto the salt for a look at a surreal world of stillness and salt.