2009 Trip - William Creek to Alice Springs
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Leaving William Creek we headed towards Coober Pedy on roads that some of us had not previously travelled. The road goes first through sand dunes then through stark gibber country, made more desolate by the drought. From Coober Pedy and its opal mines we turned north towards Oodnadatta. Although at least some of this land is in cattle stations we saw very few stock and marvelled that anything could survive in this dry desolate country.
Surveyors General Corner Part 7 'Up The Sandover'
We had made it into â€˜The Aliceâ€™ and should have known from past experience that the temperatures at this time of the year would be low, but at 0 degrees and top of only 17 degrees, this was definitely not what we leave Victoria for. The discussion ended with a decree from the ladies â€œwe are heading North for the next two weeks â€“ to warmer weather and the chance for a swimâ€.
Decision made we headed up the Sandover Highway planning to at least reach Lawn Hill.