Today was the longest stint of the whole trip, and I was feeling a little daunted at the prospect of so many kms ahead of me. I decided to listen to classical music on my iPod, which was nice for a while but I found that I couldn’t sing along when I got bored.
We rode for 2 hours and 20 minutes without stopping, which got us to Erldunda where we had a good break. I felt better then because we’d knocked off a big portion of the day’s riding by mid-morning.
When we were leaving Erldunda Teena took off in the wrong direction, turning left towards Alice Springs. I turned right and pulled over to wait. I wondered how long it would take her to twig...? About 5 minutes later she came back and we both had a good giggle about it before setting off in the right direction!
There were strong crosswinds for the next 250 kms. I had to lean the bike over even though I was riding in a straight line. There were some huge gusts that nearly pushed me off the road.
We had a quick stop at the South Australian border for a photo, then another at Marla. The wind was very strong here, blowing stinging dust around. A few travellers coming up from Cobber Pedy told of heavy rain so I suited up in my wet weather gear. As we went south the roads were wet, but we watched the rain storms move ahead of us and to the east so I stayed dry.
The landscape was the sparsest I’d seen on the whole trip.
Approaching Coober Pedy there were little sand hills everywhere, like someone had been playing at the beach (or they have very big ants here) and signs showing stick men falling into holes warning of mine shafts.
From the highway into Coober Pedy
One of the warning signs
My Dad was already in Coober Pedy staying at the same caravan park and I had dinner with him and his partner. Just after we had eaten the lightning and thunder started and I made a mad dash to get everything off my bike and into my tent. By the time I’d finished it was bucketing down and I was rather damp. I was very pleased to come back to my tent later, after taking refuge in Dad’s caravan, and find everything dry :-)
Today’s distance: 766km