A windy night meant two possible things, we ate a lot of sprouts last night or the tent was dry, fortunately it was the latter as survival is unlikely in such a small tent should the sprout scenario ever arise.
It was very nice to get up and have everything to hand and dry when you pack up, but that is what a $90 cabin does for you.
Today was the first morning we woke to rain, not bad considering it is now day 105. We packed up and moved all our bags into the covered camp kitchen, removed the still dry tent inner then wrapped up the soaking outer and footprint (in case you are unsure or a PE teacher, a footprint is a waterproof sheet made to fit exactly underneath the tent reducing the chance of damage to the floor of the tent inner during use).
It was the first still night for a while so everything was damp this morning, a slow start and moving the tent into the sun worked it’s magic drying spell so we left by 9:30 am.
Our beautiful undercover pitch worked perfectly, we did not even know it was windy and well the rain, what rain! While we were packing up a couple of rain showers passed through then it brightened up, that was our cue to leave.
The wind was 40+ km/h and part behind us so progress was good as we started heading South East passing through lots of barley fields again, with very occasional flocks of sheep.
After a night of heavy rain and strong winds, it was a little quieter when we awoke. No rush today as we have a parcel to collect from the local post office. We ambled our way there for 9:30 am and finally collected the bike parts sent from home! and as a surprise there was some nice chocolate packed with them as well, thank you Emily and Laura.
Today would be a very short cycle day, around 4 km total. Instead of toiling into a headwind of 35 km/h Will and Halima happened to be going to Moonta Bay for a meeting so they offered a us lift. Now a tough decision, battle for two days into strong headwinds or drive across in a Ute (or utility vehicle or twin cab pickup) ….. a drive it was then.
Today we are having a day off (thank you Will and Halmia for letting us stop another day).
After an excellent nights sleep and leisurely start we caught a lift into town with Halmia, and had a nice stroll around. Visiting the Craft Market which was on today in the town hall, and a few shops, resisting the temptation to buy anything.
The predicted frosty morning never happened, just damp this morning. The sun was quickly up and dried the tent a little, it will have to be put up a while later.
Even though we were up and around at 7:30 am it took a long time to actually leave (why leave when it is so nice here!). After breakfast we walked into town and visited the IGA (supermarket) to get food for tonight, then really it was just a very slow getting of our things together.
Main street Laura