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Day 46 – Port Pirie

Thursday 17 November 2011


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The night was warm and the forecast is for temperatures in the high thirties. We ducked into town before 0900 for provisions and fuel and plan to stay holed up in the caravan for the day. Watched the address by President Obama to the joint houses of parliament. He has a delivery that has you believing that he is totally sincere in every word he utters. Guess that's what got him elected in the first place.

After lunch Jenny watched the golf and I read the Kindle – truthfully I also dozed off. Will pack up the camp when the sun goes down and we'll head off early in the morning before the temperatures get into the thirties again.

Fairly reliable information put the late afternoon temperature around 37 °C. Another nothing day but just too hot to do anything.

Stay well and travel safely.

Cheers … Tony

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Day 45 – Arno Bay to Port Pirie

Wednesday 16 November 2011


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We left Arno Bay under an overcast sky and a slight tail-wind. The trip to Port Pirie was totally uneventful as has been the remainder of the day. We are back at the Beach Caravan Park and will be here for two nights. We have set up and made no further exertions since then – lazy aren't we?

Stay well and travel safely.

Cheers … Tony

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Day 44 – Arno Bay

Tuesday 15 November 2011


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The morning was mild and calm when we walked the 'board-walk' through the mangrove marshes and the local tidal creek. There is over a kilometre of raised board-walk, much of it being wheelchair accessible. Built largely by local volunteer labour and a number of government grants totalling about $150,000 the walks show off the unique landscape, plants and wildlife.

We called in at the Jetty Cafe which also sells fishing gear and other camping essentials. They also produce a thing they call the “Arnomous Burger”. It is the biggest burger we've ever seen and we promised to return for lunch. Before lunch we visited the 'town' where Jenny sniffed out a Craft Shop that had some materials she just couldn't do without.

Back on the fore-shore we read some of Arno Bay's history. The area around the caravan park and the jetty was once a working port with sailing ketches and later coastal steamers delivered all manner of goods and back-loaded with bagged wheat and barley. Old photographs show a very different scene.

About lunch time the wind picked up and the temperature started to fall. We enjoyed the shared monster burger, so big it fell apart and I ate most of mine with my fingers. Pretty good value at $10.50 and while a knife and fork would have been helpful it tasted great.

It became too fresh to sit outside so we packed up in preparation for tomorrow's leg to Port Pirie, hopefully we'll get there before the winds pick up again.

Stay well and travel safely.

Cheers … Tony
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Pelicans at the mouth of the creek
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A section of the Arno Bay Board-walk
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The Hotel Arno
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The hotel's courtesy bus.

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Day 43 – Port Lincoln to Arno Bay via Tumby Bay

Monday 14 November 2011


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Despite my best efforts we were ready to check out by 0730. We were ready so we left. Along the way to Arno Bay we decided to drive through Tumby Bay a very nice spot with an excellent bakery. A pie for me and a coffee scroll for Jenny, not that we needed it, but it filled in some extra time.

Pulled into the caravan park at Arno Bay and filled one of the few remaining sites. A very small park with basic facilities in one of the nicest bays we've visited. The sites are small but adequate and have access to cable TV, $20 refundable deposit for the co-axial cable.

After lunch we dropped into the local Hotel and booked for dinner tonight. I seriously doubt that too many people bother with such a formality. The sign on the door “No shirt, no service” suggests a degree of informality, I guess that a collar and tie would be a bit over the top.

We drove on to Cleve, the administrative centre for the region, hospital, police station and a large school. There isn't a lot of business on a hot Monday afternoon. The young lass at the supermarket said the Thursdays and Fridays were busier. Along the way we observed the grain harvest in full swing, there is a constant stream of bulk haulage trucks heading for the local silo.

Back at the caravan we re-tuned the TV after availing ourselves of the cable offer, makes a BIG difference.

Dinner at the Hotel Arno was very pleasant, the menu had a good range of mains for around $30 with half serves available. I had King George Whiting with chips and salad, Jenny had a half Chicken Schnitzel with chips and salad, add an entree, a beer and a can of coke. Not five star but good honest food.

The pub is just over a minute from the caravan park so there's no problem getting back. We plan to do a tour of the town tomorrow and spend time reading and getting ready for the next leg.

Stay well and travel safely.

Cheers … Tony
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Hotel in Tumby Bay
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Tumby Bay foreshore
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Header discharging grain
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Caravan inputs - Water, Power, Sullage and TV

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Day 42 – Coffin Bay etc.

Sunday 13 November 2011


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The morning didn't look all that bright but we decided to go to Coffin Bay for the Community Markets, held every third Sunday. Quite a nice drive out there and a very attractive foreshore area. We found the markets in the community hall. A good collection of stalls selling a range of hand-craft, cakes and home-made jams and preserves. The hall itself looked very well designed and of recent vintage. The stand-out feature was the very excellent quilt which graced the wall above the stage.

From Coffin Bay we headed to Wangary and out to Dutton Bay. Along the way we passed an old church that was now an artist's gallery. Outside were lots of Christmas themed cut-outs. Looked great. Back to Wangary and across to Edilillie and on to Koppie which boasts a Heritage listed Pioneer Museum. I'm not a great fan of these country museum that are not much more than a collection of old things crammed together in an old shed and a label of sorts slapped onto a few random items. The museum had some of those attributes but was outstanding in the manner of its layout and the descriptive detail available. A number of the buildings had been 'transplanted' from their original site and deposited here, “as they were”. These included the local Rural School which served the community from 1934 to 1970.

From Koppie we found our way through Whites Flat, Poonindie and North Shield back to Port Lincoln where we topped up with fuel before returning to the caravan. By the time we returned the sun had certainly warmed the place up but a cooling breeze made the task of sitting outdoors reading, quite pleasant.

Nothing much to do, we'll pack up in the morning before heading off to Arno Bay.

Stay well and travel safely.

Cheers … Tony
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Bananas @ $2.48 per Kg !!!
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Coffin Bay Quilt
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Christmas Themed Cut-outs
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The Koppio Museum's Cash Register
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The School Building History

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