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Back on the Canning 6.00 Up as usual- Wash, breakfast. Check lunch items for a 15 min lunch break. We usually have three Vitawheat biscuits with tinned fish  or some other filling. Fresh fruit if available; otherwise a pot of Two Fruits or peaches. Cup of tea made from thermos. Yes, its simple and fast. If we had our two fridges with us one would be used for fresh food, especially fruit and veggies. Our one fridge for this trip is used as a freezer with about 40 frozen and cryovacced meals for two. Some frozen meat for BBQs as well as the two big beef roasts we are carrying for the roast night we are preparing. After we leave the CSR we will have eaten most of our frozen meals and will use it as a fridge and stock fresh produce for the trip home. 7.30 All ready but took more time as group filled up with water from the bore. 8.00 Departed camp site. Another cool sunny morning. Woken at 5am with magnificent trilling for over an hour by a song bird in a tree beside us. We thought is was a butcher bird. It had a four note Butcherbird opening call followed by a huge variety of different variations on the trill before it would start a new song. Terry recorded it on his phone. 8.05 Lovely open plain with Spinifex and flowers; sparse cover of low shrubs. Great features on all sides with mesa and eroded terraces (Harbutt Range and Cronin Hills) All have a dusting of green on the red sand. 8.25 Already half way to Well 23. Road seems good after Talawana Tk. 8.40 Feature ahead called Sleeping Beauty, a mesa that vaguely looks like a reclining woman. Then arrived at Well 23. Three speeding rigs passed us while we were at the well. They were Nissans. Their aim was to pass the group of Mercedes G Class that were being road tested on the CSR and were ahead of us along with a media circus. They were aiming to get to Wolfe Creek from Well 33 in two nights. 8.45 We departed the well. Meg suspected the hill feature was a ceremony site for the local Aborigines and probably appeared to them as a figure of a reclining man. A short distance further as we crossed a claypan with a good view of the feature on our left, a small circular mound of quartz stones was assembled by the left side of the road. Meg interpreted this as a signal to local Aborigines that the feature was a ceremony site and only the initiated should approach it. 9.05 A party of nine cars south-bound passed us. We are enjoying the sand and clay pan driving. They told us they were harshly spoken to by the speeding Nissan drivers probably because they are a large spread out group, don’t have good radio contact or style and don’t understand they should pull over to let smaller groups pass – this is track etiquette. They were from NSW and drove an assortment of old cars, including one pulling a forbidden camper trailer. The first few pulled over and we passed them, then breasted a sand dune only to find the rest of the group keen to push past us. We let them. All is green and flowery, a very nice part of the trip. 9.25 Well 24. We almost missed it by going left instead of right. Nice camp site beside it in a valley of 2-3 low gorges/escarpments. Took photos. Departed Well 24 at 9.35. Beautiful magenta colored low bushes started to appear. Perhaps a Pimelea? Each flower with 5 petals. Also saw it on the Talawana Tk and Rudall NP. 9.55 Feature on right horizon. Looked like a sleeping pregnant woman. Any local myths? Were these two ancestor figures? Herd of camels here too. 10.00 Noticed the optical illusion of a glowing white line separating land from sky on the horizon. Saw a single Sturt desert pea plant. Only one we saw on the CSR. Drove through particularly beautiful flower meadows in the swales between several dunes. Yellow, purple, pink and magenta flowers abounded. Noticed that the morning light creates only two tones for all the flower colors and greens  ie dark & 1 light. Shrubs have dark bases and highlites are very lite. 10.25 Took a sidetrack to avoid a very bright pink lake. Not named on map. Sand also was a deep opaque pink. It was quite large and full and we travelled along its edge for a way. 10.40 Stopped for morning tea by pink lake. Cold outside with a strong wind that was churning the surface of the lake , we donned our cosies and gloves . The sunshine created unusual orange high lites on the waves. Well 24 is also called Curara Soaks and we suspect it must be connected to this pink lake along a basin depression that extends these many kms. Recent rains must have filled this depression. We concluded that well 25 was under water, also connected to the pink lake depression as it was not visible under the water as we passed where it should have been on the map. 11.00 Floral gardens are also appearing along the swales beyween these sand dunes as the track takes us along these swales. Beautiful blue/grey cushion bushes, maybe 30cm high; yellow/lime green spinifex cushions about the same size and red sand. Ana a yellowy green shrub. Beautiful color combination! 11.15 Now approaching groups of 4-5 sand dunes including a “bucking bronco”  - what a rough ride! 11.20 Over the dunes and traversing a wide Spinifex plain. 11.25 “The snake” an S-shaped sand dune – but OK to cross. 11.40 Arrived well 26 (See picture at top of page). This one is fully restored to historical specifications. It is the only one on the CSR that fully shows how they were set up to spin water up the well in buckets and drop it into the shute leading to the long trough from which the animals drank. This was restored in 1983 by a team of 25 who completed it in eight days. Led by David Hewitt who was supervisor of Aboriginal Housing. An engineer and architect were also part of the team. His daughter Heather had the Heather Hwy named after her. Bet she hasn’t travelled on it recently! We took photos and enjoyed this example of historic restoration as the other abandoned and ruined wells gave no accurate impression of how they were meant to work. The odd bits of rusted metal and wire and wormy wood that we saw elsewhere now could be related to the reconstruction. 12.13 Slate Range appeared on our right. One mesa and a long terrace appeared – dark colored – maybe ironstone?? Or dark red slate? East/west lines of sand dunes ran across the CSR up to the range. In between the dunes were Spinifex planes. 12.20 Continue to drive along the Slate Range running N/S along side us. Fabulous views: its coppery tones and blue/grey foliage of shrubs on its fans looked great. Carpets of purple and yellow flowers on the dunes below. 12.3 Stopped at lookout hill with small white stipes on its sides: quartzite laterite? We didn’t drive up the hill. 12.35 Starting to see the Red Dune Grevillea again, a white flower on the red sand hills. 12.40 Single car travelling south passed us and warned us to look out for a lone cyclist on a push bike  just north of well 28. What? Out here? We assumed he had a backup car. Stopped here for lunch. Departed lunch spot 1.08. We are still seeing the charming “snowdrops”, tiny stems of white flowers in clumps and maybe 15-20 cm high. 1.20 Well 27. Reputedly a brown snake lives in the well. Lots of finches round well and a stand of melaleuca trees nicely grown and about 30 ft high. A native soak nearby supplies water to the birds. An important Aboriginal cultutal site is nearby: maybe Mt Helen? A nipple shaped mesa. 2.00  Passing Spinifex plumes waving in breeze and glinting a silver/gold in the sunlight. Could use a metallic pen for this effect. 2.10. Passed the Lone cyclist. Amazing. No backup car – just him. He was a young Dutchman and carried very little on his bike that we could see. Kay asked him if he needed to restock with food or water as we could give him supplies, he politely declined. He had been on the road travelling south for two and half weeks. Annie took a photo. Have been traversing lots of sand dunes since lunch time. Quite constant. 2,35 Arrived well 28. One ruined hole in the ground all else destroyed by fire and time. Melaleuca scrub around it. Departed well 2.40. 3.50 Arrived well 29. Departed immediately Geoff proposed we should divert onto the track up to Thring Rock which was about 1km up the road. He had information that there was good camping on that track. We all agreed and turned into the mulga scrub. Very cold night Strong east wind. We stopped at the first open space, but next day discovered a more sheltered site about 2-3 km up the road sheltered by trees.
Well 24 Local wildlife
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