Plan B

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The Breakaways
Our plan today was to head towards Oodnadatta via the Painted Desert. Unfortunately with the rain we'd just had, there was a good chance that the tracks would be closed because after some rain, the desert tracks soon turn to soup. We checked with the information centre and sure enough the Oodnadatta track was closed so we had to go to plan B.  There was another track further on but failing that we would discuss where to go next, probably up to the Northern Territory.

As we headed out of town, passing the mounds of soil from the mining, we headed first back to The Breakaways so we could explore the area again, getting a different perspective with the morning light.  After spending a good hour or more around The Breakaways we continued up the highway until we met the track signs that displayed 'closed'.
The Breakaways
We continued on and found the next track closed as well. So we discussed where to go tonight, Uluru (Ayers Rock) was an option but it was a good 500 kms away and we wouldn't get there until nightfall. Kulgera was just over the border in the Northern Territory and was still a good 300 kms or more away but at least we would get there a reasonable hour and in the morning we could take the Finke track east, if it was open, and get to the Simpson that way. We were not sure whether the Finke track would be open, but it was either go North or stay another day at Coober Pedy which was an idea we didn't warm too since we had seen most of what we wanted to see and there was still no guarantee the tracks would be open the next day either.
The Breakaways


North it was and it was going to be a long boring drive as there wasn't much to see along that stretch except the roadhouse we stopped at for lunch.  It wasn't too bad a drive, we passed the time away with listening to music and chatting and before we knew it we had reached the NT border where we stopped to get a picture by the sign and stretch the legs. We reached Kulgera about half an hour later which is very much a dot on the map, the roadhouse is pretty much it. The camp ground attached to the roadhouse wasn't all that appealing, it looked like a dirt covered car park except the grassy area near the units which was partitioned off by wooden fence posts. Turned out that is where we were told to camp, the dirt area was the powered sites.  On wandering around the camp ground, we got talking to some people that ended up at Kulgera for the same reason we did that they couldn't get to Oodnadatta because of the roads being closed.
Glen and Gay at The Breakaways
  While cooking tea, a Britz van turned up and entertained us for about 20 minutes trying to park the thing.  The struggling occupants of the van, a couple of Japanese tourists, clearly had no spatial awareness even though you could park a 10 tonne truck in the space they were assigned!! All very amusing. 

It wasn't going to be a quiet night because we were near the Stuart Highway and as such would be hearing the road trains all night, not to mention the ones coming into the roadhouse for fuel.  It wasn't that bad though, we had nice hot showers and after we ate tea, we ventured into the roadhouse to have a drink and play pool and darts.
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The Breakaways
The Breakaways
The Breakaways
The Breakaways
The Breakaways
The Breakaways
Glen and Gay at The Breakaways
Glen and Gay at The Breakaways
The Breakaways
The Breakaways
The Breakaways
The Breakaways
The Breakaways
The Breakaways
The Breakaways
The Breakaways
The Breakaways
The Breakaways
The Breakaways
The Breakaways
The Breakaways
The Breakaways
The Breakaways
The Breakaways
The Breakaways
The Breakaways
Coober Pedy mines
Coober Pedy mines
Track information sign
Track information sign
NT Border
NT Border
Sign at Kulgera Pub
Sign at Kulgera Pub
Road train at Kulgera
Road train at Kulgera
Kulgera
photo by: skippyed