Heading north to Port Augusta and the Stuart - 2012 Adventures

Thursday, Jun 14, 2012 at 00:00

Mick O

Thursday 14th June, 2012

Stuart Highway north of Port Augusta



The sound of rain on canvas bought me to my senses around 3.00 a.m. Remembering that my boots had been left on top of the trailer, down the ladder I went into a biting wind to recover them. The rain had cleared by morning and we headed off to Renmark and beyond. Passing through Renmark, John realised that he might need a few spare belts for his vehicle so took a detour to an engineering place to secure a few spares. They caught us up again at Morgan where we stopped at the bakery for a bit of morning tea before heading on to Burra and into the hills to Peterborough.



Heading down through the Horrock’s Pass, Larry gave us a handling demo of the Mog attacking it like it was Mount Panorama. Naturally I had to catch him on the straights as I was down in the low gears rather than wear out the brakes.Port Augusta always bring on the horrors of shopping and then the sorting and packing of food items out in the car park. It was no different this year and we finished the shopping by topping up the tanks with 209 litres of diesel. I had to pick up a few hose connections at the local hardware store as well to stop the slow leak from the new water tank at the rear of the trailer



Larry having been pretty much stocked with food and fuel, headed up the highway ahead of us to scout out a campsite for the night. Jaydub and I rendezvoused on the outskirts of town and after making a few last minute phone calls, headed north up the Stuart in pursuit of the Mog. Larry had located a spot 50 km or so north of Augusta so we all tucked in around the fire for soup and crumpets and a few glasses of Vino in the blue bush country.
''We knew from the experience of well-known travelers that the
trip would doubtless be attended with much hardship.''
Richard Maurice - 1903
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