We left Lorella Springs and hit the road once more passing yet another person who had shredded a tyre on the road. We stopped to check that he was OK, as you do in remote areas. He had been driving 90kms (speed limit is 110!) an hour and he thought he had hit a rock. I was driving and 40-60kms an hour. I said to Steve maybe we could make it a record. It had been 6 months without a puncture (but seeing many!) and maybe we could make it 12months?!Adam Plate from the Pink Roadhouse in Oodnadatta thought most tyre punctures are avoidable so I am going to try. M
We were to drive through Limmen National Park and across rivers with water in them now to the next camp at the Roper River. These are now saltwater croc rivers. The Limmen the Towns and the Cox River. It was at one of these we saw our first croc from the car. We think it was only a “freshie” though.
There was only one safe waterhole in the Limmen Nat Park to swim in. It is Butterfly falls. It was so overrun with screaming kids and screaming parents and poo being washed off small bottoms into a waterhole that had no exit and was getting smaller by the day! Ugg!!Then the drones came out! I am sure even the butterfly had to fly away! It was bedlam and we didn’t stay or even manage a photo.M
We camped at Mountain Creek at the Roper River but like all these wild Rivers in the middle of nowhere it is hard to get to the creek unless there is a road or boat ramp. The camp was full of serious fisherman and they were blocking the way to the ramp if there was was one, so we found a quiet corner away from the river and the generators that went the whole time. While there I looked at the map and saw that we were across the river from the Aboriginal community of Ngukurr. I remembered a nursing friend from Sydney did a stint as a remote area nurse last year and came back and raved about her experience. Trish confirmed this was the community and suggested we visit the health centre so we decided to go there the next day. We actually had a phone/internet in this river camp from the tower at the community across the river. First phone for about 8 days, so I got busy catching up. M