03 Feb Luke Crosses the Nullarbor, Day 8
Luke’s Wolfe Creek blog in August was so entertaining that we asked him to put pen to paper again on his next journey. Turns out, we didn’t have to wait long. Luke’s journal continues … (the story started with On the Road Again)
Luke Crosses the Nullarbor, Day 8
As we were loading up the trucks, it started to rain. If it rains out here the roads get closed almost immediately so we gunned it down to the road, hoping we weren’t in for too much!
The road was very good and we got most of the way there without incident but we then had a small off-road section to reach our destination. This is where it got interesting. We came across a running creek where I realised almost too late that my car was in 2WD. I quickly flicked it to 4WD and low gear before the car stopped and powered through the soft sand at the bottom of the creek. The car behind me was not so lucky and ground to a halt in the middle. With almost admirable efficiency we all laughed, ran in, got the treads out, flicked it into low 4WD, lowered the pressure on the tyres, and all pushed it free. The third car followed suit and made it look easy blasting across the creek.
We then traveled on for a time until we hit the dune field. The first dune was by far the worst and the rest were ok and navigated easily. We were only about 5 km from our goal when we hit a salt lake which we carefully skirted around. More boggy adventures ensued, but we finally found a good spot to camp. It was a lovely area with a commanding view and it also – importantly – flat! We set up our tent, swags, gazebos, and sorted out all our gear. It was divine. We sat around and had a lovely chat as a double rainbow formed behind us, but would there be a pot of gold or better yet a meteorite at the end of it?!