Oh the wind. I am not talking about the wind in the car as a result of the FMG meal from the previous day. On the journey from Flinders Rangers to Coffin Bay we experienced winds with gust strengths in excess of 75km per hour! From every direction. Head winds, tail wind and wind from both sides. The wind today made the journey today quite challenging to say the least!
We left Flinders Rangers earlier than usual as Ava and Audrey had both woken early this morning – leaving the site at 8.30am. With approximately 500 kms ahead of us today, we knew that today’s trip would be tough on the girls. Despite such a long trip today, the girls once again were fantastic in the car. Ava in particular seems to have adorned sleeping in a prim and proper position. A very elegant sleeper whilst travelling indeed!
Upon leaving Flinders Rangers, we were greeted by one of the locals, a huge kangaroo that behaved uncharacteristically compared to the other kangaroos we have seen over the last 12 days. This kangaroo was the largest we have seen to date – probably 6 foot tall, broad chested and angry looking. My girls were anxious, I was not. If I had to, I would have taken on the kangaroo. Fist to paw, toe to toe (or leg to leg) and tail to …..??? In my mind, I could dominate this kangaroo if required.
The kangaroo seemed to think a little differently to me. Rather than hop away at the sight of an oncoming vehicle, this one decided to ‘walk’. Yes walk! Initially Caroline and I thought the kangaroo must have been injured – possibly a victim of a previous truck that had passed by. No. This kangaroo had attitude. A bad ass roo who thought he owned the road. He paused when he was in the middle of the road, raised his right paw gesturing me to ‘Come on mate, I will take you’. “Guess again roo”. Caroline accelerated. He stood upright, bearing his muscly chest and hopped off the road.
Today we drove through Hawker, Quorn and Port Augusta before arriving at Coffin Bay. Caroline drove the first half of the leg, while I completed the remaining 250kms. The most significant sights today were playing our standard game whilst driving of waving to oncoming caravan drivers and cars alike. Caroline and I would frequently comment on the reciprocated gesture from the other driver. Did we receive a wave, an index finger ‘wave’ gesture or nothing at all? From my perspective the male drivers seem to wave more than the female counterparts. This may either suggest that the female drivers are grumpier, or that we see less female drivers than male drivers. You can make your own judgement call on that one!
We passed our first road trains on this leg of the journey. Despite previous debate on what constitutes a road train, Caroline referred to the internet, which I believe stated that a B-Triple is defined as a road train, while a B-Double refers to a long truck. Never the less, we passed some significant trucks today which shook the car so much that the drivers side mirror folded inwards on itself at least half a dozen times within 1km!
Whilst in South Australia, we have noticed a hilarious (or hairyous may be more appropriate) sign asking drivers to slow down. The sign shows the backs of a few hairy gents, with speed limits ‘waxed’ into their backs. “Slow down before things get hairy”. Donna and Matt, did you have anything to do with this campaign? It has Dubs written all over it!!
We arrived at the beautiful Coffin Bay. An oyster ‘industrial site’ with over 40 different oyster producers! After parking the van, we headed to the oyster farmers to purchase some fresh produce. We bribed Audrey and Ava with a lolly and ice cream to entice them to try a sweet little ‘tiny’ oyster given to us by the farmer (shell was about 1inch in diameter) – which they did. Audrey wasn’t sure what her thoughts were on the first and only mouthful, while Ava exclaimed “poo, poo, yuck”. Maybe it was too soon to try the girls on oysters, particularly after eating camel, kangaroo and emu the previous day! We left the oyster farm with a dozen oysters freshly shucked for $14, picked up ice creams for the girls, a cold bottle of 2013 Giesen Sauvignon Blanc and prepared ourselves to devour the oysters.
A quick play in the playground frolicking with some local kangaroos followed by dinner and early to bed (particularly for the girls, as they rose this morning at 6am!).