28th Dec

28th Dec

still a public holiday and everywhere closed. Another chill out day.imageThis fellow is made of bark and is in the information center at Wudinna

29th Dec

Ready to go to Dark Peake and surrounds for the day. Temp good in high 20’s.

Not going anywhere. Car won’t start!!!! Luckily we have Mitsubishi Roadside assist. 4 hours later- mechanic arrives and it’s a leaking battery!!! Luckily garage up the road sells batteries and we get sorted

imageLook at “Stumpy” or “shingle back lizard” enjoying a rest outside the CP reception.

Go to get some supplies – ominous clicking sound under bonnet. What now?

The Red Arc switch to the auxiliary battery keeps turning off. Decide to return to van and think about things

What comes to mind is – “Annus Horriblis Battieriullum. (Latin for battery – well it is now).

Met up with Barbara & John from Kerreriberrin WA. They have very, very kindly offered us to store our van with them when we go on our Adventure Wild trip. Looking forward to meeting up with them again – such fun people.

30th Dec

After several conversations with Eric from the roadside assistance garage we charge up the auxiliary battery with a battery charger and all is well.

Now we can go to Dark Peake – trouble is temp due to be 40 degrees. Decide to go in any case.

Firstly investigate the Hellbent pub at Dark Peake

image Hills behind Dark Peakeimage imageEnlarge to read all about this iconic pub image Dunnyimage

Last transport to the Hellbent pub

Stopped at the Dark Peake pub and had a lovely meal. Also found out that if you buy a pub meal you can park the caravan with electric, water etc fo $15 a night for 2 night. After lunch went up Federation lookout – short walk of 260metres to the top – walked 100 metres and decided at 41 degrees we were fools. Back to air con in car. Definetly a day to look at Carapee Hill another massive granite monolith – 495 meters above sea level – and not to climb it!!!!!image

Then we met Barry a passionate crystal and minerals collector who has a shed on his farm full of amazing crystals. I was like a kid in a sweet shop. They fascinate me. Ring Barry on 0886275039 to visit.

image Beautiful cactus flower at Barry’s farmimage imageBarry  from Minerals on Eyre

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Couldn’t leave without buying a couple of souvenirs.

Another wonderful day. We are so lucky.

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