We had an early start today as we intended to get to Ceduna, a tip of at least 680km, the morning was cool as we left but the news was full of reports on the Tasmanian Fires and extreme fire risks across NSW. We chose to duck up to the heritage icon of Burra before heading out to Port Augusta. Burra has many heritage buildings as can be seen in the accompanying pictures. Of particular interest are the Paxton Square Cottages as they bear a great resemblance to our Warders Cottages and are used for tourist accommodation.
We grabbed a take away coffee for breakfast from a serene Indonesian Café on Burra main street, alas the time constraints stopped us staying longer for Nasi Goreng. We then headed north-west towards Mount Remarkable, we passed through beautiful countryside with undulating wheat fields, then by chance passed a huge wind farm at Hallett. There are 5 windfarms there, with between 25 and 65 turbines at each. We lost count at 32, so it was probably Hallett 2 with 34, generating 71.4mw. The combined Hallett farms generate 350mw. Coincidentally we later got the Adelaide Advertiser with a front page story about a 199 turbine, 600mw wind farm application for the Yorke Peninsula from Repower. The article listed another 392 turbines in windfarms across S.A. Come on WA we have a lot of catching up to do.
Heading further east towards the coastal plains of the Spencer Gulf we began to drop down from the ranges, almost at the bottom of the winding pass I saw my life flash before my eyes as a biker lost control of his Harley and headed straight for us on a long sweeping curve. I had nowhere else to go and was convinced the bike was destined for our windscreen, but he kicked his left foot on the ground and managed to get back on the bike enough to avert disaster.
Port Augusta at midday was 46*C and people were at the end of their tethers. We did a spot of provisions shopping and headed out to the west. The first town was Iron Knob, a town not unlike Mount Newman. It was then into the South Australian wheat belt, again very similar to WA’s northern wheat belt, though this road was a lot better than ours. The trucks were few and far between and all double B’s, no three trailer rigs in S.A. I used the cruise control to restrict my speed because I did not want to stress the motor or tyres in the high 40* heat. We went through innumerable rail towns with huge grain silos and nothing much else. As we turned south towards the coast and Ceduna the temperature dropped to 32*C in 40km.
Dinner at the Bayside Motel and been in Ceduna what better to start with than a dozen oysters? We took a walk along the long jetty before retiring to bed.