Going Underground

Trip Start Jan 27, 2008
Trip End May 12, 2008

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Monday, February 11, 2008

Travelled from William Creek to Cooper Pedy where we cannoned off the tarmac of the Stuart Highway before stopping for lunch at this frontier town, the opal mining capital of the world. They produce 82% of the world's supply hereabouts and every other resident is a prospector trying to strike it lucky.

Most residents live underground, some in abandoned mines but others in bespoke caves which are excavated to provide the right number of rooms. The temperature underground is a constant 22-24C. Above ground the heat can get up to 50C in summer and -5C in winter. Cave life is a no brainer in these conditions.

We had the use of a bunk house and showers for lunch, all underground naturally, and escaped the heat of the day here before have a mine tour.

After lunch we headed North East towards Oodnadatta. We bush camped by a dry creek about an hour short of the settlement. En route the landscape was extreme, we crossed Moon Plain, where sceptics claim the filming of the first moon landings were faked.
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shaunb on

Re: Just Catching Up With Your Journey...
The main outback food I was trying to avoid was the flies - I cannot find words to describe how annoying the little buggers were!

And you will be pleased to know we had food rations every day. Its hard trying to write clearly when you're paying for the privelidge every time. Anyway I must try harder!

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