Friday, August 7, 2015

August  1st

The last bush camp in WA was really attractive with dunes in the distance, open bush and that delightful red sand. The Ann Beadell Highway continues with hectic corrugations. They make everything rattle to the extent that we cannot have a conversation while driving, the vehicle makes a noise actually going over the bumps as well as all the rattles.

The dune country is beautiful to travel through when there are no black scars from fires. The bush is open with low green bushes and tall marble gums which, without doubt, are the most common eucalypt we have seen.

A small mob of camels were close to the road so we were able to have a good look at these strange, odd looking animals.

What luck we a came upon a few eucalyptus youngiana trees which were in bloom. As well as another eucalyptus tree which had quite large chunky nuts with 4 distinctive wings and lovely blue/green leaves. Across the track was another eucalypt with spiky yellow buds and masses of cream flowers.

Eventually we found a shady place for lunch. We all needed a break after all the corrugations. While we were packing up there was alight sprinkle of rain. We continued on with the road which was showing some improvement. 

We came upon two tank sheds today. Both tanks had a supply of clear water. They appear to be quite new installments  and  are well cared for. The crossing of the border from Western  Australia into  South Australia caused us to stop and read the various signs, one of which advised us of the penalties for entering into this section which is Maralinga Land. The penalties for not having a permit are severe. All our permits are paid for and in order.

Continuing on we crossed the Serpentine Lakes which are huge Salinas with salt, mud, caked salty soil and lots of Samphire. While travelling the next area of attractive woodlands we realised that EC had yet another flat tyre. This is #3 for this trip. The guys changed the tyre with a good deal of disappointment especially for John. This means we must continue without a spare tyre.

Another lovely camping spot appeared and we settled for the evening. We formally made changes to our watches with much confusion and banter between John G.B. and Beth. The full moon came up through the trees but was soon covered by cloud. Evidently it is a  blue moon, which I had never heard of. This means that it is one of two moons in the month. Generally there is only one moon each month.

Warning notice on going into Maralinga land

Blooms and leaves of eucalyptus youngiana

 Rain is drifting in, this evening, with quite a strong breeze. Tomorrow we will need to make some changes to our travel plans as we cannot afford to be in such remote places with no spare tyre. 

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