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  • Day471

    Die ersten 1000km geschafft!

    July 18 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

    In the last two days we drove 1000km already. It is good to be back on the road again, but the nights in our tent are very chilly. Nevertheless we really enjoy the clear sky with thousands of stars at night. Tomorrow we will drive another 400km to the north to Lightning Ridge, a mining city famous for the opal gems.

    In den letzten beiden Tagen sind wir bereits 1000km weit gefahren. Es ist wirklich unglaublich schön wieder unterwegs zu sein. Auch das Outback und unser Zelt haben wir ein bisschen vermisst. Das Thermometer fällt nachts zwar auf zwei Grad, aber ein Blick in den Himmel und die tausenden Sterne entschädigt die frischen Temperaturen.
    Morgen geht es dann weiter nach Lightning Ridge, eine kleine Stadt bekannt für den Abbau von Opalen.
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  • Day18

    Mount Hope.

    March 29, 2019 in Australia ⋅ 🌧 20 °C

    Wet and extremely windy. Those are our memories of Mt Hope. The campground is behind the community hall for a donation. We got there just before the storm.

    We decided to raise the tarp to allow us to cope with the imminent rain. The day had been warm so the slightly cooler temperature was nice. We had the tarp rigged and suddenly the wind whipped up and ripped out most of the pegs. The poles all on the ground and the tarp about to do a kite impersonation. We had to quickly grab the tarp and start again, this time with bigger pegs. Almost done, we were fighting quite strong wind by now amid spots of rain.

    Just a couple poles to go and the rain started ro get heavier. By the time all the pegs were in it was time to retreat to the car. We waited out the storm for over half an hour. About 15 or 20 mm of rain before the rain eased of and we resumed setting up. The area was now all slushy mud. Even the area covered by our tarp was quite muddy.

    The pegs had all nearly ripped out and the wind was getting stronger. Medium weight pegs were replaced with very large sand pegs. By now these hammered way too easily into the now soaked ground. We flipped the camper partially onto the small tarp we had for a ground sheet and folded the floor under to reduce how much would get wet and muddy. It looked like a terrible set up but we were attempting to mitigate the amount of mud we would need to clean of later

    The wind dropped and we finished this make shift set up and then prepared a very late meal. By now it was after 9pm NSW time and we were very tired. I went to sleep very quickly.

    It seemed I had only just gotten to sleep and I was suddennly woken. Thumping, scraping, bumping and very loud noisy flapping. Suddenly a massive clang. That woke Pam up as well and I said "That did NOT sound good".

    I crawled out of my warm bed to a shockingly cold experience as I exited the tent. The wind was strong and gusting. It seemed it had made its way here via the south pole. It ripped the warmth from my body. The noise had been a pole ripping out one of the sand pegs and flinging against the trailer. The next pole was poised to follow. I found the hammer and belted the peg in a bit further back. The ground was now so soft t came straight out again so I had to find a better spot.

    About another meter back from my ploughed previous spots I finally got a solid anchor. Just in time though as the wind whipped up even harder. I lowered all the poles just above the camper tent but it still seemed precarious. I decided to add two more poles on the windy side and also run a coye of ropes to the fence posts nearby. With that went back to bed. The flapping reduced a bit but was still quite loud.

    I realize that the annexe which was folded over the tent roof was blowing back over. If it blew right through it would get wet and be difficult to stow next day. Another trek outside to tie the annexe fly down securely. A last check and I headed back inside. Sleep was elusive for some time as the noise continued. I opened the rear windows a crack to check that everything was not ripped apart.

    Next morning the wind was still strong but the rain had gone. We decided to pack up and haav breakfast later. I then discovered how close all the pegs had been to coming out. Had I not added the extra poles and pegs the whole structure would have let go easily. Every peg was easily pulled out of the muddy ground.

    It seems the camper trailer attracts more than its fair share of rainy weather. Perhaps we can hire out as rain makers.
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  • Day18

    Cobar, NSW

    March 29, 2019 in Australia ⋅ 🌧 28 °C

    We arrived at Cobar in the mid afternoon. Right at the start of the town was a huge wall to let us know where we were. Since we had not yet had lunch we decided we would make use of the picnic tables. We set up and were just about to eat when the rain started.

    Not just a puny little shower but the kind that can wet you to the core on 30 seconds. We had to move back to the second table to avoid getting very wet. The rain lasted around 20 minutes, lunch was done so we went for a quick look around.

    The first stop was the mining and heritage display by the side of the road. Cobar was, and still is a copper mining town. The display shows the old shaft head frame and the winder system. A little away are some other interesting displays and information. Later on our way we went to the lookout to check out a view of one of the current mines.
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  • Day18

    Devil Rock, Cobar NSW

    March 29, 2019 in Australia ⋅ 🌧 27 °C

    A short drive out of town past the old reservoir, is Devil Rock. This place is considered evil by aboriginals. The burnt out commodore seems to support this feeling.

    On the way back to town we took a look at the reservoir. As is the case in many of the areas we have travelled on this trip, water supplies are very low.Read more

  • Day18

    Cobar, NSW Open Cut Mine

    March 29, 2019 in Australia ⋅ 🌧 25 °C

    On the way out of Cobar driving south we decidsd to take a short detour to the lookout. It was a fairly easy drive up a bit of a hill.

    At the top we parked the car and walked up a little further to a viewing platform. It was completely fenced and fully enclosed by wire mesh.

    We soon found out why. This structure was perched right on the very edge of the huge open cut pit. Around a hundred or so meters sheer drop to the bottom. It offered an unbeatable view of the mine.

    Over the years many tunnels had been dug in the area in the search for copper ore. Eventually big mining companies dug a huge hole taking the copper rich ore away for processing. The old tunnels from the past can be seen in the faces of the huge open cut pit.

    Eventually the huge plug of ore was all mined out so the mine has followed the seam with a new underground shaft. We watched as a huge haul truck emerged from the drift tunnel. He stopped for a moment to tag out and began the long haul up to the top. The diesel engine growled and protested all the way.

    In a few minutes he had dumped his load of ore and ground his way back down. He tagged in and quickly disappeared down the tunnel.
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  • Day6

    When it rains during drought

    August 25, 2018 in Australia ⋅ 🌧 12 °C

    A few nights ago Cadbury decided at around 6am that he wanted to sleep on the bed...under the doona as he does at home. I didn’t mind, he’s nice and warm to cuddle up to. Then the other night it was 3am. I grumbled a bit but helped him up. Last night it was 12.30am! I wasn’t going to let him and got up to put his blankie over him, when he took a little run up and jumped up himself, looking at me through lowered eyes and fluttering eyelids so that I couldn’t resist. We cuddled up for the rest of the night.

    In the morning I opened my eyes expecting some cloud cover as BOM was suggesting storms and rainfall today. However, the sky was the same unwavering blue with the lake reflecting the sky like a mirror in the morning stillness - same as yesterday.

    Today we left our lovely lakeside paradise to inch our way north. In any case, we had run out of water and our toilet needed emptying (aah the realities of life on the road!)

    I prepped a chicken soup in the thermal cooker (so it could continue cooking all day) and by the time we’d chatted to our new camping neighbours (a young couple and their dog from Geelong in a van) and completed the morning’s chores it was late morning before we headed north out of town.

    The first half of the trip was uneventful, except for the darkening sky. We stopped for lunch and a break in a rest stop and then continued our journey, listening to Aussie rock classic tunes as the Zo-Mobil whizzed up the Kidman Highway. Neither of us had ever seen so many hundreds of dead kangaroos on the road. Not on any other trip. Suddenly the storm hit with big fat raindrops smacking the front windscreen. I got nervous driving as the sky darkened and we started seeing mobs of wild goats and kangaroos hanging around the road’s edge. I drove slower and we both kept our eyes peeled out for the Roos, which are known to stand stock still and then jump right in front of your car.

    Finally we made it to Cobar at around 4pm and decided to stay at the free camp by the RSL in town as the gravel car park was a better option than a muddy rain-soaked paddock a few kilometers away.

    We pulled in and parked in a row with the other caravans. We enjoyed delicious chicken soup (who was smart enough to get this happening this morning?) and some pasta before settling in with the radio and some reading for the evening.

    Best thing about today: having dinner hot and ready when we arrived

    Worst thing about today: driving in the rain as it got darker and watching out for kangaroos

    Things that are a work in progress: getting Cadbury to stay in his own bed for most of the night...however to be fair, he does sleep with us at home!
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  • Day3


    September 30, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Passed through Cobar - a copper mining town. Found a lovely cafe gift shop and had morning tea under an apricot tree.

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