It was 4 degrees outside – I quickly retreated back into the relative warmth of the caravan.
We left our camping spot around 9 a.m. heading further west.
Our first stop was for a geocache ‘Giles Lookout’ – a rocky hill near the Giles River which may well have been used as lookout by the explorer Ernest Giles. The rocks are rugged and the colours of the rocks are deep.
The view from the top towards the mountain ranges is spectacular. In the foreground you can see our 3 caravans on the side of the road. Note how the road is the same colour as the surrounding area, just a bit smoother.
We are allowed to fill our water tanks with good water. Of course we all took advantage of the available water. This is a time consuming exercise as one van after another fills up with water. This gave us an opportunity to talk to one of the employees of the roadhouse. He was travelling the same route we are travelling on and found work at the roadhouse some months ago.
Nearby is the Giles Weather Station. This is one of the most remote of 37 field stations around Australia, observing local conditions and integrating into the Meteorological Weather System which does weather analysis and forecasts which can be accessed through http://www.bom.gov.au
There is a geocache located here as well. I tried to find ‘Met weather Magic’ – however I couldn’t find it. Eventually I realised that it was classified as abandoned. There is a new cache ‘Met weather magic 2’ which I found easily once I realised my mistake.
There are a few exhibits at the weather station. One of them is this shoe. Somebody mentioned the movie ‘Priscilla of the Desert’ – the shape certainly is right, but from memory it was not decorated at all.
We found a cache hidden behind the rocks. However this was not the original cache, it was a substitution placed there by somebody who could not find the original cache. We gave up on this particular cache and returned to our campsite.