Coober Pedy to Birdsville Day 12 - Poepell's Corner to Birdsville

Friday, Jun 14, 2002 at 00:00

ExplorOz - David & Michelle

Day 12 - Friday 14/6/02
Start - Poepell's Corner
Stop - Birdsville
Trip Odometer - 175.0 km
Stopped time - 1:41 hr
Moving average - 37.2 km/hr
Moving time - 4:42 km/hr
Max speed - 97.6 km/hr

On our last trip across the French Line we took the track further east of Poepells Corner to pick up the K1 line north to where it meets the QAA line into Birdsville. This time we took the other route from Poepells by driving north along the edge of the salt lake besides Poepells before swinging east onto the QAA . We noted many excellent campsites along the route and enjoyed a sunny lunch spot while we washed and dried out the clothes that didn't escape Leah's carsickness yesterday.

The final approach into Birdsville before Big Red is a series of large dunes interspersed by large salt pans but finally you see this view ahead and that's Big Red - all 90m of it.

This picture shows 4 tracks over the dune. The one on the left is a downhill only (you'll see why if you go yourself). The centre track is always passable - depending on driver skill and vehicle. I can't stand being in the vehicle when David attempts stuff like this - I prefer to watch from behind the safety of my video lens. I still say its a male-thing so I let him have his fun. Meanwhile, I'm more interested to find one of the season's last cunningham bird flowers. At the end of it all, Leah was still sleeping soundly in the carseat, oblivious to the great places we take her.

We rolled into Birdsville just after lunchtime and settled ourselves in for an excellent holiday with Wolfgang and Karsten for 10 days, which you can read about in the next edition of our diary update.
David (DM) & Michelle (MM)
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