Day 69

Trip Start Sep 23, 2012
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of Australia  , South Australia,
Thursday, November 29, 2012

Another howling night of wind. Fortunately, we were not under any trees. However, the gum nuts of a nearby tree still rained down on us like bombs exploding on the roof. We woke several times during the night with the caravan shaking and things flapping violently.
After an early morning run we packed up and were ready to leave by 8.30am for Port Germain. A drive of 500 kilometres in a day is probably long enough because it requires a high level of mental alertness and concentration. Soon after leaving the rain came down and stayed with us for a long way.
During the drive today we passed a giant galah statue. Why would any town celebrate galahs when you think what they do to the local farmer's crops? Tourism has many different guises I suppose.
Lunch today was at a place that I will never visit again! It was called Iron Knob and about 60 kilometres from Port Augusta. The town is built at the base of a giant red escarpment that is mined relentlessly for iron ore. Driving into town for our lunch and pit stop we noticed the roadhouse closed and its accompanying motel smashed and trashed. All the shops were closed and we didn't see anyone or anything moving. We ate lunch at a table outside the closed Rural Transaction Centre where we were eventually greeted by a 70 year old interesting lady collecting her mail who told us about the world, emus, mining and Iron Knob. She didn't paint a very glamorous picture of the town.
We drove out of there quickly and arrived at Port Augusta (again). It was very strange coming back as it meant we had completed our gigantic Aussie loop. We returned the key to the caravan park that we couldn't find when we left in September and continued on to Port Germain.
Port Germain is 80 kilometres down the road and a very historic town with the longest wooden jetty in Australia. A jetty meant another opportunity to go crabbing. We walked to the end of the jetty but it took a long time because it was 1.5 kilometres long and we had all of our crabbing equipment to carry. We did pretty well but gave our catch to a fellow traveller because cooking them is such a long process. On the way back in the weather turned nasty and we were walking into a very strong head wind that was almost blowing us over.
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