Day 4: Port Augusta to Bordertown

This was the day of the wild storm which took out the entire grid for South Australia, and caused flooding and mayhem everywhere. I was very lucky. I set out in the morning from Port Augusta with a 12 centimetre crack in my windscreen. That gave me something to worry about. I had decided I would avoid driving through Adelaide (a good decision) and rather leave the main road near Port Pirie and drive through Clare, then work my way down towards the border. This meant going up and down hills, on some winding narrow roads with steep sides. I hoped that my way wouldn’t be barred by flooded roads, and was lucky in  that respect. Also lucky my windscreen didn’t blow out. Power pylons crisscrossed the landscape in the early part of my journey, swaying in the wind. Lightning, thunder, hail and rain followed me through the hills, but abated as I got closer to the border. It was exhilarating. I got updates on the weather along the way. Lots of warnings.

I stopped at Bordertown, just inside the South Australian border. No power (in the whole state) so I had a cold shower and ate some of the tinned food I had with me. Bought a torch at the roadhouse. Went to bed and slept well!

Weird motel, Port Augusta.

Weird motel, Port Augusta.

Ominous sky. Port Augusta

Ominous sky. Port Augusta

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Port Augusta

Port Augusta

Rising wind.

Rising wind.

Sorm coming.

Storm coming.

Getting wet. Thunder and lightning behind me. Getting dark at 9:00 am. Keep going!

Getting wet. Thunder and lightning behind me. Getting dark at 10:00 am. Keep going!

Driving through a wet town close to the Barossa.

Driving through a wet town close to the Barossa.

Yikes!

Yikes!

Reservoir

Reservoir

Wet at the top of a hill. But pretty!

Wet at the top of a hill. But pretty!

Silos at Keith, near the border.

Silos at Keith.

Rest stop.

Rest stop.

Bull at Keith.

Fresh Coorong mullet at Keith.

Silos at Keith.

Silos at Keith.

Keith

Keith

Farewell.

Farewell.

Motel at Keith. No power.

Motel at Bordertown. No power.

Wet fields through the mesh, in the twilight.

Wet fields through the mesh, in the twilight.

Choosing my dinner. (No working kitchen because of power outage.)

Choosing my dinner. (No working kitchen because of power outage.)