Thursday, 24 May 2012

Oz Trip - Day 23

Day 23 – 24/5/2012 – Kulgera

It was an early start as it was going to be a long day of driving. The first stop though was to fill up with water. Even though we were on a powered site there was no water. If you wanted to fill up your tanks, then you had to use the bulk water point in town. It was only 20c for 10-15 litres. We only ended up taking on about 75 litres.

The wind from yesterday was still around today. Even though it wasn't temperature cold it was cold due to the wind chill factor. There was between a 25 to 45kph wind all day so it was icy every time you had to go outside. The temp only reached a max of about 16 deg.  So with the wind chill factor it felt a lot colder than that.

On the way out of town heading north on the Stuart Highway, you go through more mining areas. It looked like large gophers had been digging burrows everywhere. They went on for about 40km and as far as you could see on the horizon.

Left overs from opal mining



On this stretch we saw the most number of burnt out and stripped car bodies. We weren't too sure weather they were locals cars that weren’t worth recovering/fixing so they have just left them, or weather they were backpackers cars that finally packed it in so they left them where they stopped and other people have then stripped and burnt them.

The first thing we noticed when we crossed into NT was the speed signs :-).

Open up that throttle!!!!
We arrived at the Kulgera Road House and found an unpowered area. Because it was cold and the wind was still blowing, we had an early dinner and managed to get to the pub for happy hour between 6 and 7.

Sunset at Kulgera

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