I spent this morning working in the carpark behind the pub. Not our most scenic campsite but functional nonetheless. This earning-money stuff is really getting in the way of our working holiday! I had a “miner’s pasty” for breakfast, an interesting combination of apples, carrots, potatoes, and maybe (???) sweet potatoes inside a pastry shell that looked like a turnover. Not exactly what I was expecting when they said it was “apple-filled,” but there have been lots of surprises on this trip.
We left Blinman around lunchtime – Adam behind the wheel – and wound our way through the Southern Flinders Ranges – honestly some of the most beautiful scenery I have ever seen. I hadn’t expected such majesty. Adam and I are both wishing we’d camped among the hillsides there. If only we’d known. We saw hardly any cars and luckily hardly any kangaroos, either.
We stopped briefly in Leigh Creek, a former (but now very quiet) mining town. It reminded me of a ski village in the off-off season. All the buildings were attached or grouped together, but none were open. We also stopped to check out the campground at Farina, an “Outback ghost town” – an abandoned mining town with lots of cool ruins. The campground looked lovely, but we were looking to put a few more kilometres behind us.
We arrived in Marree around happy hour, conveniently. The Marree Hotel – another pub we’d be camping behind – was hopping! Cars, motorbikes, campervans, and even a bus or two of grey nomads lining the streets. A very different vibe. We met some very friendly guys in the pub who were drowning their flat tire sorrows at the bar.
Adam and I went back to Sherwood to do a bit more work, then returned to the pub for dinner. I had a camel burger!!! This was challenging, given my lovely camel ride early in the trip, but I had to put my thoughts aside and try it. Delicious, but I wouldn’t be able to differentiate it from beef, truth be told.