Stats. Hang on to your hats! Since I left on the 1st of March I have averaged 30 .15 km per day.
I am taking this opportunity while I am in Port Augusta to use the computer. A busy day today. I have contacted the Intercontinental Newspaper. They wanted a photo op with Men’s Shed Guys but they are not there. We will try senior cits.
I have tracked the Mayor Joy Baluch down, owner of the Palms Motel. She is quite extraordinary – 79 in October and has been Mayor for 28 years . Hope I can get to meet her.
While I think of it: had a lovely red wine at Ian & Elenore’s called Matioli – Jester
Called in at Port Germein Golf club and met some lady golfers: Vanessa, Judy, Jenny and Shirley. They provided a feast and two mugs of tea; this is bliss. They were meeting to nut out a new American golf handicap system called “Slope”.
Along the way I met a journalist named Chris and his daughter Sarah who was born in Singapore. Her parents are German and Chris is writing about the mining towns in OZ; Coober Pedy next.
On these long stretches sometimes you cannot camp very far off the road so I am jammed between the railway traffic and the road traffic. On the other hand I am getting to know the train drivers; they now give me a toot. Truck drivers have their own way of encouraging me with a flash of the indicator or sometimes they give me a wide berth to prevent the wind blowing me over; that is if there is enough room. Otherwise I get off the road. When the wind is against you and a roadtrain comes along, it is like hitting a brick wall. So far it is mostly against me.
One of my main concerns has been mosquitos. No matter how much I try to Rid them they always find a spot I’ve missed. There have been 900 cases of Murray River encephalitis and Ross River virus in the areas I have been going through with two fatalities. So I went to the Doctor today and got a flu shot and asked about symptoms. Seems I am ok.
Another sign of going through the wet areas of Vic and SA is the numerous frogs, snakes, mice and locusts . I am noticing their lack now I am in the arid areas.
I have now changed 3 inner tubes and put on one new tyre. I think my mattress also has a puncture. I will check tonight.
Last night before I came into PT Augusta Joyce gave me about one and half litres of water; I had miscalculated again on my water. Fortunately, she keeps nice rainwater for her poodles. (My apology if I have your name wrong.)
Today also, when Ian Glover meets me, it will be nice to see a familiar face. And I am having dinner with Ian and Ruth in their 5 wheeler. I must say they have been very kind to me.
Regards to all