Saturday the 7th we went in to town to vote, we stood in the queue for 3o minutes only to be told they didn't take interstate absentee votes and it would mean a drive to Moree, something we didn't want to do, the Electoral Officer told us to explain the situation when our fine arrives.
Our week of camping along the Gwyder was coming to an end, Rick and Julie were arriving and together we were heading to the Bushtracker Muster at Alice Springs. The route we were taking was one Rick had chosen and we were happy enough to tag along and looked forward to seeing something different. Rick is an amazing man with a memory of an encyclopedia and kept us entertained with information about the places we visited. One thing Rick didn't do was get Vickie a feed of Yabbies, we tried at most of the water holes and rivers but came up nil everytime.
So after filling up with water and emptying the loo cassette and doing a final shop we left Bingara and headed towards Moree, across to Walgett and up to Hebel where we stopped at a lovely river and listened to the hundreds of different frogs, the barking frog kept up his song all night but far from being annoying it was a very pleasent experience.
|Peace and Tranquility accompanied by hundreds of Frogs|
|Rick and Julie, Camp at Hebel Waterhole|
|The Old Dunny, do not stress there is a modern one|
|Didnt see one ....|
|Paroo River Camp|
|Euro Queen Hotel|
|Euro Main Road|
|'Lifeless Creek' Euro 5 Mile Camp|
|Rick and Julie Left, Mick and Vickie Right|
|One of these is a REAL 4WD ... :-)|
|Camp on side of road, plenty of firewood, great night|
|Cameron Corner Store|
|Fueling up, $2.20 litre|
|3 State Marker|
|The Hinge that caused the problems|
|One Stuffed Fridge|
|The Oven didn't fair any better|
|Taped Up for travel|
|It Took me to find a Yabby|
|Rabbits at Montecollina Bore|
|The Smooth Section|
|Quang Dong ? Tree|
|Who drives down a dry river bed?|
|Mick to the rescue|
Finally off the Strez and onto the Oodnadatta track, we hadnt checked the contents of the fridge as we only had one roll of tape but when we did the contents had spoiled as the fridge was no longer working. Bugger, the meat we bought from the Bingara Butchers was superb and cost us $160 and it was a waste ..... so we put all the meat in a large bag and gave it to the owner of the William Creek Hotel for his dogs.
We stopped the night at Lake Eyre South Lookout where we had a lovely view, but millions of fly's, finally they left us and after a few drinks and a couple of Jaffles cooked over the fire i was off to bed with an aching back. I left Vickie and Rick chatting away, did i mention Rick is extremely knowledgeable. I laid listening for a while before putting the Sat Dish up and watching Carlton get beaten by Port Adelaide, great result !
|Riding on Lake Eyre|
|William Creek Hotel|
Monday morning it was phone time to the Insurance Company and Bushtracker, we decided to not continue on to the muster but head south and back to Queensland and get the repairs done as quickly as possible. We are extremely dissapointed not to be attending, we were looking forward to catching up with the many friends we have in the BOG group.