02-04-2010, 07:19 AM
Joined: Aug 2008
Location: Albany Western Australia
DAY 10 FRIDAY 9-9-83
I rose before the sun and did a spot of filming, trying to capture the magic of this place on celluloid. We had some breaky and walked the gorge, finding some aboriginal paintings. A few kilometers from Durba Springs is another gorge in the same hills, that being Killagurra Gorge. It has magnificent aboriginal paintings and equally superb water in a well protected pool. We filled a 15 litre container and headed on down the CSR. It is about mid-day.
Rock at Durba Springs
Durba Springs Rockface
Old Graffiti at Durba Springs
Durba Springs Gorge
You can read fast now folks because we are fairly floating along: 70-100kph. It’s a real Sunday arvo bush blast. After a re-fueling stop the kilometers continue to click by, past well 15,14,13 and 12. This is fast, good country with straights, corners, berms and the occasional good dune section. Fred’s T shirt fell off (not his back) and I lost the billy. It’s amazing the effects of wind pressure. With smiles on their faces two Bee Em riders caned along the winding track around a large lake until a good camp spot was found on the other side, over a dune.
DAY 11 SATURDAY 10-9-83
You could tell that we were heading south because the night was cold for the first time, though that wasn’t the sole means of our navigation. On the CSR again we sighted our first camel after having seen tracks just about all the way from Lake Gregory. I hope the pad marks weren’t made by the same animal! A few roos and emus also appeared, adding a bit of Australiana to the scene. We passed a badly polluted well 11 and checked out well 10. It was in good condition and held water about 60ft down the shaft.
Well 9 had a windmill on it indicating that we had entered cattle station country again.
We rolled into Wiluna at 5pm. The cops were contacted and parents rang. We had made it- wow what a feeling. A few celebratory beers and a pig out session was held at the pub before rolling out the swags.
On Sunday it was home to Perth, the drizzle from Paynes Find to base no doubt washing a muddy red trail behind us. The journey of a lifetime was complete. Monday- work: what an anticlimax.
"A" screwed with this post 02-12-2010 at 09:39 AM