Friday, May 19, 2017

Day 16: Murray Bridge to Home

This post continues the series on our two week roadtrip from Melbourne to Alice Springs and back during the July school holidays in 2015 (I'm determined to finish the series.)

This was our final push for home, and as we drove through the Antarctic Vortex we really did push through because the weather was not conducive to stopping. We left Murray Bridge at 7am and made it to Bordertown by 9am for a quick toilet and drink break. Lunch was in Ararat at 12:15pm at Waack's Bakery which was pretty good.

My sister was visiting from Singapore and staying with my parents at Pt. Lonsdale so we made the last minute decision to go via there, arriving at 3:23pm for a 1.5hr catchup. We finally made it home at 7pm after traveling a total of 6813km for the trip.

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Lots of driving but a it's trip that I would highly recommend.

Riley was very happy to see us.

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Day 15: Coober Pedy to Murray Bridge

This post continues the series on our two week roadtrip from Melbourne to Alice Springs and back during the July school holidays in 2015 (I'm determined to finish the series.)

Our last day in the desert and we not only got to see the wildflowers out from previous rain we also had a couple of big rain drops land while we were driving through.

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We had been very lucky the whole trip with traffic. The road trains can be three or four trailers long so you need approximately 1km of clear road to overtake. We passed plenty going the other way but only had to pass one ourselves.

Untitled We stopped again at Lake Hart and this time we weren't in such a rush so we could go down to have a better look. The path is through a pipe under the train track ... and a train just happened to be passing over when we were there. The Boy and Hubby were a bit reluctant to go through but the train was so long that in the end they came through or faced waiting on the other side for ages.

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It was absolutely freezing so we didn't linger but we did walk out a little way onto the dry salty bed of the lake.
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Friday, March 31, 2017

Day 14: Uluru to Coober Pedy

This post continues the series on our two week roadtrip from Melbourne to Alice Springs and back during the July school holidays in 2015 (I'm determined to finish the series.)

We got a reasonably early start, on the road at 8:00am. Watch out for wedge tailed eagles eating road kill. We stopped at one lot ... they are big birds.

Morning tea: Erlanda. 10:25am

This is the big service station at the corner of the Stuart Highway. We had been looking forward to trying the apple turnover since Geoff said it was so good ... but NO APPLE TURNOVER! Disappointment all round.

Lunch: South Australian border. There's tables and toilets and you can get a photo with the sign.

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We arrived at Coober Pedy at 4:180m. Total km for the trip so far 5142.

Dinner at the shell roadhouse which was a pretty good meal.

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