Distance covered: 820 km.It’s Saturday, 7 a.m., which means that it’s time to start the car, leave the house and head towards (and beyond) more black stumps on my Australian map. Winter starts in just a few days, so I might as well spend these days travelling to the regions where summer never really ends.
The cloudy morning.My journey north is taking me across the familiar country so far. How is the Lochiel’s pink lake doing? Not so pink at this time of year, as it turns out.
The trees of the outback.
Always been mesmerised by them.
Together with the clouds, they make some very interesting patterns.
The scenery changes slowly.
The orange sand dunes.I pass Glendambo, which is where the mobile signal disappears for the next few hundred clicks. There I also spot a couple of cyclists with two cars crawling in front and behind them. Sportsmanship? One more marathon for a noble cause? Go figure.
The trees become taller.
And even taller!
Cloudy sky, muted colours.
Only the dirt is as red as ever.It goes almost completely dark after 6, but by then I finally reach my camping spot for today, which is where I've been only a month ago. I like this place: it's big and spacious, it's free, and it has mobile coverage. Which is all I need right now, really. The clouds grow thicker, and it starts to drizzle, but like I said, winter is coming. At least I’ve already gained 40 extra minutes of sunlight by travelling 800 kilometres up north. Will gain even more tomorrow.