The first 250 kâ€™s of this trip were the same as yesterday as we
travelled back to the Stuart Highway which travels the country from
North to South through the centre. This part of the trip was quite dull
as we had seen it all before, but as normal we had our eyes peeled for
wild-life. We had been told that this section of road was notorious for
camels, apparently Australia has more wild camels than Saudi Arabiaâ€¦
apparently! This section of road is also speed limited to 110
kilometres, so it seems slow as you drive. When we did get back to the
highway, we speed up a little and about 40 minutes later arrived at our
stop for the night.
Kulgera, is a combination of a roadhouse for petrol, shop, pub,
restaurant and hotel with a population of 14 people, 4 dogs, 1 horse
and 6 fish.
Out in this part of the country the pools they have at
hotels all have a shade cloth cover over them to protect you from the
sunâ€™s harmful UV rays, but what this also does is make them extremely
cold as they donâ€™t get the sun. Reagan is an avid swimmer but as she
still canâ€™t swim needs one of us present in the pool and she delights
in jumping in and paddling to us. Today was my turn to brave the coldâ€¦
I lasted about 5 minutes and it was even too cold for Reagan after a
couple of jumps. The outside temperature was probably around 35 degrees
and I think I saw some ice floating in the poolâ€¦ brrrrr.
our brief swim I took the girls to the pub so I could enjoy a cold
beer, and we could let Trish have an afternoon nap. A while later Trish
arrived at the pub, while I was busy entertaining Reagan while I played
myself in a game of pool ( I won). We then had dinner in their
restaurant, then we went back to the room and went to bed. It was at
this bed stage that we also realised that Reaganâ€™s â€˜teddyâ€™ which she
uses at bed-time, was still enjoying the luxury of the resort at Alice
Springs, some 350 kilometres away. He will now being enjoying the
wonderful service that Australia Post offers and meet us in Adelaideâ€¦
hopefullyâ€¦ not that I havenâ€™t got any faith, itâ€™s just that Iâ€™ve worked
there. Tomorrow we head to the opal capital of the world!!!