Oodnadatta Track - August 2016

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Hi Everyone

I have had a couple of enquires from viewers wanting to know when my next Blog would be out.

Will after countless hours of writing and adding the images, it is now live for you to check out.

Oodnadatta Track - August 2016

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Reply By: Member - ACD 1 - Monday, Sep 12, 2016 at 20:03

Monday, Sep 12, 2016 at 20:03
Well done Stephen.

You said you like photo rich blogs, but 490? Are you doing a Readers Digest Abridged version LOL.

An excellent blog that brings back heaps of memories of the places we have visited and heaps more that we didn't get to see (but definitely Whets the appetite for another longer trip). I can see why you spent a couple of weeks out there.

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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Monday, Sep 12, 2016 at 20:08

Monday, Sep 12, 2016 at 20:08
Hi Anthony

Thanks for that, and it is still one of Australia's great "Must Do" drives.

Don't worry, I am guilty like others for not stopping at many places on previous drives along the Oodnadatta Track, so this time we said, that we will slow down, and visit every possible thing that there is to see along this great drive.

As for the 490 images, well I was not counting and adding them on a day by day basis, that way giving reader a better understand on what there is to see out there.



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Reply By: Member - ACD 1 - Monday, Sep 12, 2016 at 20:20

Monday, Sep 12, 2016 at 20:20
No really, it is an excellent blog. I have speed read it and I will be going back over it in detail tonight. The photos are just beautiful.

One question though - How is Algebuckina said?

Is it Al-gu-Buck-na or Algae-bu-keena or something else?

I've had conversations with people about the bridge and didn't know they were talking about the same place.

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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Monday, Sep 12, 2016 at 21:41

Monday, Sep 12, 2016 at 21:41
Hi Again Anthony

Thank you again

As for how you pronounce it, I was always told it was how it sounds..al ge buck ina.

One thing that I have since found out after the trip and wished I had know about if before revisiting the bridge again.

One of my works mates, great grandfather was a linesman on the Overland Telegraph Line in the early 1940's. During their work along the line, he has lots of photos of him working on the line and their tents set up neat the old Alebuckina Sidind.

One photo that h has is a grave alongside of the bridge. From the view of the photo, it is on the southern side of the bridge and on the western side of the railway line. I know that there is no grave there now, as when you now drive on the western side, there is a well worn track.



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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Qld - Tuesday, Sep 13, 2016 at 05:38

Tuesday, Sep 13, 2016 at 05:38
Stephen,

Is this grave you speak of in addition to the 3 graves together on the Oodnadatta side of the bridge? Only one of these is marked with a headstone.

Have to find sometime to enjoy your blog,

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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Tuesday, Sep 13, 2016 at 18:46

Tuesday, Sep 13, 2016 at 18:46
Hi Bob,

Hope things are going fine for you up in Winton.

No the grave that I have seen the photo of from the early 1940's is a single grave on the southern side (William Creek side) and had a small wooden fence around it. I know it was the southern side, as you will be aware the the embankments are almost double the hight and steepness on the Oodnadatta side.


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Reply By: lancie49 - Monday, Sep 12, 2016 at 22:15

Monday, Sep 12, 2016 at 22:15
Gooday Stephen and Fiona.
What a great trip followed by a great report.
I've been through some of those areas on two occasions and still haven't seen them the way you have.
Time for us all to slow down and smell the Desert Peas isn't it.
Thanks for all your stories here mate, you certainly keep up the excitement and adventure in the great outback we have at at our doorstep.
We are very very lucky aren't we.
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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Monday, Sep 12, 2016 at 22:26

Monday, Sep 12, 2016 at 22:26
Hi Lancie

Thanks for the kind words, greatly appreciated.

Yes we are so fortunate to live in our great country and the best opportunities to get out into the "Great Outdoors"

This Desert Peas are my favourite and it does not matter how many times we see them, we always stop and check them out.



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Reply By: Baz - The Landy - Tuesday, Sep 13, 2016 at 07:51

Tuesday, Sep 13, 2016 at 07:51
Have it bookmarked for weekend reading...

Look forward to it Stephen!

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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Tuesday, Sep 13, 2016 at 08:42

Tuesday, Sep 13, 2016 at 08:42
Hi Baz

Thanks for that and make sure you bring along the popcorn.....lol



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Reply By: Life Member - Fred B (ex-NT) - Tuesday, Sep 13, 2016 at 08:13

Tuesday, Sep 13, 2016 at 08:13
Another awesome job Stephen. Four ex-Darwin-ites (that includes myself) recently did the East-West crossing of the Simpson, and then covered most of the Oodnadatta Track. Good to see that you have many similar photos to ourselves. We too were chased by the rain and had to make a few alterations to our trip. We did however get to see Lake Eyre North and South with lots of water flowing in the channel between the two lakes e.g. the two lakes were now joined together..... (flight from Marree 7:30 am 20/08/16). The pilot was pretty impressed as the night before (5:00 pm) there was no water in the channel and the two lakes separated by approx 800 mtrs of dry channel.
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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Tuesday, Sep 13, 2016 at 08:45

Tuesday, Sep 13, 2016 at 08:45
Hi Fred
Thanks for taking your time to view the blog.

I bet the Simpson is looking real good at the moment as well.

The rain still will not stop falling and many roads are closed again. When it dries out, it will be wall to wall with Wildflowers.



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Follow Up By: Sigmund - Tuesday, Sep 13, 2016 at 10:07

Tuesday, Sep 13, 2016 at 10:07
Last time I was in and around 'the Centre' I felt robbed. It wasn't red!
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Follow Up By: Life Member - Fred B (ex-NT) - Tuesday, Sep 13, 2016 at 12:14

Tuesday, Sep 13, 2016 at 12:14
Oh, it was red alright, as well as green, purple, blue, grey and everything in between depending on the light, cloud and rain... lol...
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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Tuesday, Sep 13, 2016 at 18:23

Tuesday, Sep 13, 2016 at 18:23
Hi Sigmund

If it was red, I hope you know what that now means..................?

That red gets in your blood and draw you back, year after year, so now there is no stopping you.



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Reply By: 24t - Tuesday, Sep 13, 2016 at 13:27

Tuesday, Sep 13, 2016 at 13:27
Thanks Stephen for your blog. What a wonderful trip. I want to go.
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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Tuesday, Sep 13, 2016 at 18:26

Tuesday, Sep 13, 2016 at 18:26
Hi 24t

Once again, thank you for taking your time to even open the Blog.

I sure was a great time away and now I hope it well get others interested and want to get out and enjoy an great drive.


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Reply By: GarryR - Wednesday, Sep 14, 2016 at 09:36

Wednesday, Sep 14, 2016 at 09:36
what a great blog and pics. I have just spent some time writing down some of the names and following the route you took. Really interesting trip with lots of history on the side. Thanks for your great effort to share with us.
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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Wednesday, Sep 14, 2016 at 13:57

Wednesday, Sep 14, 2016 at 13:57
Hi Garry

Thanks for taking the time to have a look at it. Giving lots of images gives readers a better understanding if what there is to see out there. As for history, there is so much that will keep you interested along the way. If you would like to, you can be honest and rate my blog on the actual blog page itself.




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Reply By: Rick (S.A.) - Wednesday, Sep 14, 2016 at 16:17

Wednesday, Sep 14, 2016 at 16:17
Nice report Stephen, and some great photos. I too have been driving through that region after the 2016 rain events, just to smell the roses. Love those gidgeee camps.......

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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Wednesday, Sep 14, 2016 at 18:55

Wednesday, Sep 14, 2016 at 18:55
Hi Rick

The area is sure looking unreal and with even more rain, it will keep everything growing for many more months.

Like you, the Mulga and Gidgee camps are very hard to beat.



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