From Adelaide to Darwin
Me and Sanne took a while getting out of our house after my exam and ended up not getting to the city until early evening to meet Luke. Stewart and Baptiste had helped my get my junk together to leave in Adelaide while we traveled. We took another hour after getting to the city to bus to Luke’s and ended up staying the night to avoid being stuck on the road for our first night.
We woke up super early to get a ride from Luke to Port Wakefield. It was a bit of an awkward start but we ended up only waiting about 20 minutes before a truck picked us up. The guys name was Damien and was a good first ride - clean truck, nice guy and could take us a few hours to Port Pirie. He dropped us at a servo and we had the lunch we had packed. A family saw us and the mom stopped to tell us that “Not all Aussies are good Aussies” …thanks lady. We got picked up shortly after lunch with a Kiwi who hadn’t intended to give us a ride, but had to stop for a break so he took us another hour to Port Augusta. We had some trouble where he dropped us because the area was right at the split for truckers to go North to Alice or West to Perth, and all the people stopping for us were headed West.
We were also scared of the cops lingering around us so we ended up getting a ride from a driver going to Perth past the split and found a better spot to stand. After we found a better place, we got picked up within 15 minutes from someone headed to Coober Pedy, our goal for the day. It was our first ride that wasn’t in a commercial truck and the guy was nice and was following his brother and sister-in-law. We realized quickly that we had left our food bag in the last car and were laughing about it and he ended up buying us dinner because of it! He offered to put us up in his brother’s place and warned us that the place was under renovation. We figured we’d be sleeping on the floor in the cold, but it was better than being outside.
When we got to the place, it was an amazing limestone dugout underground and it was huge. We got our own room and bathroom and didn’t even have to unpack our camping gear.