Simpson Desert - Hay River 2009

Day 17 - Dalhousie - The Desert (Rig Road)


It’s official, Tim (and everyone else) has had enough of corrugations and it’s a welcome return to the sand tracks of the desert. The other rather satisfying part to today was the absence of mosquitoes! For all the brilliant things about Dalhousie, the flies in the day are everywhere and the mozzies at night are brutal – we are all glad to be rid of them!

The Red jelly bean was holding up well after a night of very substantial repairs and everyone was breathing sighs of relief. Morning tea at Purni bore could have been so much better – there were hot showers that no one took advantage of.

Darren had an unexpectedly lonely day after Hayden, struggling with a million mozzie bites, dosed himself so effectively with a cocktail of drugs that he managed to sleep the entire day. What Hayden missed was Ben, Ebony, Adam, Matthew, Zac and Nick all taking turns driving their cars in the expansive flats of our camp site for the night. The kids loved it and begged for more! Benny was still fighting the never-ending battle of the aerial tips.

The evening’s sleep was interrupted by the unmistakable sound of rain on the tent. Rain in the desert? I’d like to see that.

Purni Bore

Water equals green stuff!

Even hot showers and flushing toilets!

Time for a group photo

Cars all lined up

In camp early again - Happy Hour at Ivan and Lea's place

Ben had been great watching Adam and Matthew drive, but I'd promised him ago - the big clay pan was the obvious place - though we did sneak off for a bit of low range work ;-)


Some of the more original signs

Now replaced by these ones - definitely not the same character!