Back to Coober Pedy

From Kings Canyon it is back to the Stuart Highway and then the long, long road all the way to Port Augusta. We had a night stop at Coolgara Roadhouse. Australian roadhouses are the equivalent of our service stations but with character. They have huge dusty carparks, do fuel and food and always have a basic campsite.

For the past week we have been travelling with an Australian couple, Andy and Karen who have a campervan similar to ours. We had an excellent meal on the Saturday night in the roadhouse with a collection of other travellers - something that has to be experienced. The night was topped off by a tremendous thunderstorm which meant paddling back to the van. A terrific end to the day.

The next day it's another 460kms straight on to Coober Pedy, the famous opal mining town. Again today we were reminded how quickly things can go wrong when we were flagged down by a young couple. Their car had blown a back tyre and the car spun backwards down a steep bank. They were very lucky to escape injury. Fortunately, Andy who was travelling in front of us is a tyre fitter so we helped them change the wheel and by some miracle got the car back up on the road.

We stopped the night at Coober Pedy and that really completed our circle. We visited Coober Pedy some years ago arriving from the south. This time we came from the north. Coober Pedy, as we have said before is a whacky, crazy opal mining town - the opal capital of the world. There is one thing that you have to do while you are there and that is buy opals.

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