We were up and on the road by 8.15am allowing us to again take in a couple of points of interest along the way including Mt William Lambert lookout which provided a wonderfulpanoramic veiw of our whole surroundings. When we reached the junction or the Gunbarrel Highway and David Carnegie Road, we turned left after readind the sign for Mungili Ruins. We thought this sounded an interesting sightseeing opportunity and were also aware that we could then cut across from there to rejoin the Gunbarrel Highway further along the way. We did the 17km’s in to the site where we found that the ruins had been removed but to our surprise there was a sandalwood production operation being run there by a local indigenous community. What an interesting place to visit and learn about from the local folk who were on site. This appeared to be such a positive venture amongst so much negativity often portrayed in the indigenous society. After what we all found to be a very interesting interlude to our morning, we headed east from Mungili, on what turned out to be a challenging, exciting road back to join up with the Gunbarrel Highway.
The track Conditions turned into exactly what folk like Cedar Armstrong and George Bass (currently taking part in this re-enactment) and many others who were part of the Clubs first trek in 2000 have told stories of many times over. To most of us who were not on that trek the adrenalin really began to flow. Finally the boredom of long straight gravel roads gave way to true adventure.
These `adventurous’ conditoins took us on thru day13 and day14 when, still on the Gunbarrel Highway, there were more challenges to face. We again took the opportunity to check out some of the water bores along the way as well as markers placed by and dedicated to the the famous surveyor Len Beadell – as we stand beside this sort of monument so very far from anywhere, we can only wonder in awe at the accomplishments of those early pioneers of our amazing outback land.
George carried out a small welding job on the new hydraulic system which has been fitted to his camper before we reached and turned onto the Heather Highway.
The first 30+ks of the Heather Highway (our chosen route down to Warburton) continued in a similarvein to the Challenging conditions on the previos days but once over that, we were on the long straight runs of well maintained, unsealed road once again. It was on that road that `Plains Wander’ (part of the South Australian contingent of the group) had a puncture to one of the large rear tyres, so quickly, repairs were under way on the side of the road and we were back on our way within 1hr 45mins.
Len Beadell Marker Plains Wanderer
Sept. 1968 Heather Highway W.A.