We set off from the Best Western motel, Broken Hill at 5:30am. We returned exactly 12 hours later after driving 800km.
It wasn’t meant to be an out-and-back trip. We had to drive to Crystal Brook, 400km away near Port Pirie to pick up a camper trailer. Then we were going to drive north through the South Australian Outback to Innamincka. However, while the road had been open two days ago, 30mm of rain yesterday resulted in a total road closure today. We had no choice but road backtrack the 400km to Broken Hill. Such is Outback travel.
Our drive was still glorious. We drove through tiny towns with little more than a pub and picnic area, barren rolling hills and flat channel country. We crosses dry river beds coloured bright red from the dust that has long replaced the water. The rivers will run again when the water from the rains up north make their way south.
Down around Crystal Brook we entered farming country again. The fields have been harvested, leaving us enjoying the sight of furrowed red-brown paddocks contrasted against the unarmed yellow-green hills. I pre that there’s such colour contrast in the land. It makes me feel alive.
Rain clouds followed us all day. The steel grey skies creating a blue filter for for the sun’s rays. It brought out the contrasting red soil more strongly than the yellow light of a sunny day would. Given that I love red soil, this was fantastic.
Dad again indulged my desire to geocache today. We found four caches, including one near some pretty cool dice. They are just blockage that someone has graffitied. I like this kind of humorous fun.
We had a successful day picking up the camper trailer and both enjoyed the Outback scenery along the way. Soon we will go to the pub where we ate delicious, perfectly cooked steaks last night. They were huge and tender (and only $12 including salad, chips and sauce).