As TurboCharger stated,carrying enough water is a main concern for the route ahead....especially as I was driving off-season when what little traffic there was would be even less.
At Port Augusta I chose my route that I would be heading to Alice Springs on, this was going to be going through the Flinders Ranges National Park on gravel roads to start with.Going through farmland starting at Quorn to up to a little place called Hawker...a good discipline to get into here is to top up with fuel at every single chance and get some water down your throat at every single stop.You really cannot rely on there being fuel at the next stop....so dont plan for it.Made some good time on this route, could get a bit of speed up and just mellow out a little, the plan was to get to Hawker and then follow the Blinman trail to Blinman.
Got delayed on the trail for 2 hours when I came up to a mini-bus that was pulled over on the side of the road, facing back the way I had just been. I never did catch their names, but there was 3 couples in the bus and I am pretty much positive that they were Korean.
The hood was up, so it was obvious they needed assistance and after much mime and some broken English I found out that the vehicle was completely dead would not start.....long story short, it was the vehicles main fuse that was blown and once I replaced it( with spare in holder ) the bus started immediately.
The bad part of the story was they had been sat there for nearly 6 hours with only a 2 litre bottle of pepsi between them. Normally I would never give away my own supplies unless I could put a safe bet on replenishing them, in this case though they were really starting to suffer so I topped up their 2 litre pepsi bottle with water and made them all have a good swig from my own spare supply before pushing on. This decided on the nights destination which would be Wilpena Pound Resort as I was losing light fast and having my water supply eaten into.
This is the amount of water I was carrying in the desert.
Last edited by BaldBaBoon; 3 Jun 2013 at 23:19.