Commenced with a short run into Warburton where fuel and water were taken on and a few purchases made from the local store plus the opportunity for all to make use of the telephone service and touch base with those at home before we were once again on the Great Central Road heading towards Warakurna/Giles.
A large herd of camels on the move were a highlight as we travelled along but alas they were too far away for any good photo oppurtunities. We all enjoy the odd sightings of any wildlife during our travels each day, to this point they have of course included camels, bush turkeys, dingoes, kangaroos and snakes to mention a few but given the vastness of our country we sometimes wonder why we don’t see a lot more
During the day our men Allen, Cedar, Walter and George were called up by Dick to lend a hand to an indigenous lady who had a flat tyre. She was travelling from Warburton to Docker River with one child, bald tyres, no jack,no spare water, a leaking fuel connection, ALL conditions in which none of us would ever leave our own driveways in let alone head out into the outback where there is nothing from point A to point B.
Anyway the fellows did our Club proud and changed the flat tyre for the bald spare tyre, made a temporary repair to the fuel line and we had the lady happily on her way!! She even mentioned that she took photo’s of the tractors at Giles in the year 2000. Some 20km’s further upthe road, having passed the South Australian contingent of our group she was once again on the side of the road with another flat tyre so Dennis and Eric did the good deed this time repairing the tyrefor her. We didn’t see her again but all wondered and hoped she and her child did make it to Docker River without any major issues!!
Our chosen campsite was in a gravel pit some 40+km’s west of Giles. Our pleasure around the campfire that night was a shared soup meal with choice of three homemade soups(carried in the freezer since our depature at Dongara)and a savoury pumpkin damper made by Allan – that damper took Allen back to being just in front of Eric and George in the damper making competion to date!! After dinner Eric, with the assistance of chief trek fairy Wandara, performed a very amusing skit – Eric has shown a hidden talent for have gone along the way! On this night Dennis and Noeline decided to go on in to Warakurna to the caravan park to enjoy some of the comforts of home including normal power allowing for the use of their TV plus washing machines, dryers and unlimited showers