On the Road
22 April 2019 | Port Augusta
Mark woke up around 7. I did too, but fell back asleep. Finally woke up around 8. We were both getting a bit more rest. Had breakfast in our room and showered. Got dressed and packed up our bags. Mark took some of them down to the car while I packed up our fridge things in our cooler bag. As we drove out of Adelaide, Mark stopped at a gas station to get ice, since our fridge did not have a freezer section. The BP gas station filled his zip lock bag with some ice for no charge! It was quite a number of miles as we made our way north from Adelaide. The land was very flat. Lots of green house type buildings on both sides. We saw rows of grapes and other types of fruit trees and plants. There were several farms with cattle and sheep. Then the houses disappeared and there was open lands for many miles. The soil turned a few shades of orange as we drove towards Port Augusta. Our drive today was around 350 kilometers. The speeds were up and down from 50 to 110. We had two lanes on each side, until we were well out of Adelaide. Then we had one lane, but every so many miles, we had a passing lane. The traffic tended to bunch up and some drivers would have enough time to pass. We stopped just before Port Augusta in a tiny place called Port Germein. From the hiway, we could see a railroad beside us and then some distance before water, with hills in the distance. We decided to take a drive down to the water. Port Germein built a very long pier out from shore. There was no water depth at shore. A local man told us that it was low tide with no water for a very long distance away from shore. High tide would be close to 6 feet, so that would have made a difference. The breeze was quite cold as today's temperature was around 18C. The wind over the water was chilling. I had a sweater on but I was cold. Mark didn't take his jacket or hat, so he was definitely cold. We walked about half way to a set of steps going down and walked out on the sandy bottom below the pier. Only us and the birds and a few other tourists were around the pier. Since we were so cold, we decided not to walk out to the end. We could see green, deeper water beyond the end. We walked back to shore and our car beyond. Then we drove the rest of the way to Port Augusta. We stopped and did a search of restaurants and decided to stop at the Ians Western Cellars. We enjoyed our lunch. Then tried our luck in their pokey room. Neither of us won anything today. We decided to check out the waterfront of Port Augusta before checking into our hotel. Our waitress suggested climbing up the old water tower. Yes, it was a long climb but we both made it. Took some pictures. It was really breezy up high. Other tourists also climbed up. Beautiful views from there. My phone camera was objecting, saying that the memory was full. Mark will have to offload my pictures. I was able to delete a number of duplicates and then I was able to take a few more pictures. We stopped at the downtown pier and walked around. There were several kids fishing on the pier. The breeze was pretty cool. At this point I added a jacket and Mark did too. There was an outdoor mall and we could see several cars outside Woolworths. So, we picked up a few things for dinner and the next few days. We boughtThen Mark decided that we should take a look at BigW to see if they sold any sleeping bags. Yes, they did. So, we bought a couple. We are planning to camp one night, but just in our vehicle, after watching the sunset over Uluru.
Then Mark said his sinuses were bothering him. We found some nasal spray in Woolworths. We drove to our hotel called, Augusta Courtyard motel. Our room is much bigger than last night's motel. We have a couch and table and chairs. It is nice enough for our stay. Thanks to all for the emails and messages. Hope everyone had a great Easter holiday. Today, was a national holiday. The school kids will be off thru the end of next week as they celebrate ANZ Day. We are taking it easy for the rest of today!