My plan, (remember those) was to get to the top of the Flinders, then to Marree, up the Oodnadata Track then maybe to Dalhousie & Mt Dare, then to Uluru and back to Perth via the Great Central Road.
I'd heard about the Postie Bike Challange that was due to be in Blinman on Friday night, this was Wednesday so thought this was all doable.
Oh the best laid plans of mice and men.
But more of that shortly, in the meantime I head North from Hawker and begin to see a little of the stunning scenery of the Flinders.
North of Wilpena I take the Bunyeroo Gorge Road, pretty good stuff this.
These old stock yards had some nice patina
This loop took me back onto the main road to Blinman.
After lunch in Blinman I headed off down Glass Gorge, I thought a couple of beers in the Prarie Hotel at Parachilna and I would return to camp somewhere in Parachilna Gorge.
When I arrived in Parachilna, the first people I meet are these dudes, "We're from Perth" says the guy in the buggy. I'm looking at him thinking to myself "He's got a bicycle in there with him, no, hang about, they're not bicycle wheels."
It turns out they are paraplegics who have just come across the Simpson and down the Birdsville Track. Amazing story, read it here....
This is Jim
Who had spent the day towing Anton (aka Ferret) because the latter's drive belt had exploded in a big way, leaving Jim as the last man standing (so to speak). As it was their last day anyway it was decided to wait for a support vehicle to pick up Ferret's buggy, then he and Jim would travel together in Jim's buggy the rest of the way to Port Augusta tomorrow.
The four wheeler was duly loaded
This called for a drink.
This is Greg, the factotum of the operation, also gun rider of KLX 250s, chatting to Jim.
Jim & Ferret, with Conan, filmmaker on the left.
Smelly has pups everywhere.
Sandra, being a filmmaker didn't want her photo taken? Anton didn't mind.
These three guys, sons of the owners and the next door neighbour, had a big day, They'd been up to see the ferry across Cooper Creek and had a fight with a couple of bottles of rum on the way home, it was all in fun though I imagine a few bruises would show up tomorrow.
In between all the merriment I got these shots of an old solid tyred, chain driven truck chassis, no Idea what make, but pretty damn old.
And here's the famous Prarie Hotel
An hilarious night was had by all.
Truly inspirational people, who have not let a hiccup in their lives grind 'em down.
In the morning packing up took some time.
Off to Blinman, up the Parachilna Gorge
Jim and Ferret coming,
In Blinman we said goodbye as the first spots of rain tapped on the buggy roof and the guys donned wets.