Thursday, June 23, 2022

Thursday July 22nd, 2021

Today has been the very worst day of our trip. Last night I thought that it could rain in the night but no, luckily the day dawned clear with only a few clouds.

We left in reasonable time but unfortunately about 50km down the road, as we stopped to have a look at an Aboriginal Waterhole the left side wheel came rolling off the van. Enough said..what a disaster. There was a young couple pulled up nearby and they stayed with us while John serviced the tyre. We were lucky to have their support. Eventually we found all the bolts to secure the trye and wheel in place. Our new friends went on their way and so did we!

We took the road west, then east,  which will eventually take us to Innamincka. Tonight we are camped on the Arrabury Water Hole which is approximately 150 km from Innamincka. The wind is appalling- blowing very strongly and wildly. Hopefully is will calm down enough this evening to cook some dinner.

Friday July 21st….We are still camped at Arrabury Water Hole. Another fine day..luckily! Again tonight we will remain at this Water Hole. Today is not so windy so we have enjoyed a couple of walks along the water’s edge. I need to carefully manage our food supplies at present. The small Queensland towns do not always have the food stuffs that you would like. In fact they have been ‘out-of’ goods such as gas which we have little of and are  even low in fuel so planning needs to be carefully done.

It has been OK and easy to collect wood here but we have to carry our own firewood to the Dig Tree.

Tomorrow we hope to get as far as the Burke & Wills Dig Tree where we can camp and fill in some time until Monday when we  can go into Innamincka. We have been approved to cross the border into South Australia on Monday July 26th. The long drive after this will be long and quite lonely. Our plans are to travel south and try to cross the SA border into Victoria.

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