A beautiful morning in Coober Pedy with clear skies until 7.30 am when a full white out fog drifted in. A full white out is with visibility down to about 20 metres. We headed off at 9 am and drove to the Big Winch for some photos and to over look the township. Unfortunately the white out stopped this and then all of a sudden (5 minutes) the fog cleared and visibility was back. Freaky! We went to an Opal working mine at the top of the town where we were greeted by a local who moved from Hong Kong to Coober Pedy in 1978. We bought three small pieces of rock with different colored opal in it for show n tell.
We left Coober Pedy at 9.45 am moving north in convey with all the other caravanners and campers. The drive through the Opal fields is mesmerising when you look at all the diggings where people have sought their fortunes. By the time we reached Marla for lunch, which is also the other end of the Oodnadatta Track, it was jumpers off time. The sun is shining and temperature is rising. At 3.00 o’clock we crossed the border into the Northern Territory. The mandatory stop for photos and onwards we go reaching Kulgera 15 minutes later. This is the exact location we should have been coming out tomorrow, had the roads not been closed.
We turned left off the Stuart Hwy and headed for Ayres Rock. Despite the kids knowing that we will be stopping and camping a night before seeing it the excitement was incredible. Sam pleading to just go and have a look not understanding time and distance. We pulled into a camp about 100 kilometers before Curtain Springs on the side of the road. Nice open land with plenty of space. We were greeted by the resident Dingo which was hanging around hoping to get a spare scrap of food to no avail. Dinner tonight consisted of an Emily salad made of red and green capsicum, an onion, grated carrot, lettuce and cheese whilst Sam served us up beef hamburgers and mashed potatoes. A fine feast.