Our original plans to explore Alice Springs and surrounding area on our way back had long been abandoned. We had run out of time.
Kay and Bruce had contacted us and asked whether we would like to join them on a trip up the Birdsville track. I had been thinking about the Birdsville track as a way to get home. To travel along it with somebody else, somebody with a lot of experience, was an offer too good to refuse. We met up at the campsite at the Port Augusta Sports Club and over two days prepared our vehicles for the trip. The LandCruiser had unevenly wearing front tyres and in Perth we were told that this was not a problem of wheel alignment, but to rotate the tyres. Unfortunately the front tyres again were wearing more on the inside edge. The guys at Bridgestone in Port Augusta were convinced the wheel alignment was out. They had computerised equipment that showed that alignment was out in both directions. After some 20 minutes the alignment was adjusted and hopefully the problems are resolved. I also had to mount a new aerial as I had managed to hook up the old aerial on a tree in the Port Lincoln National Park and tear it out of it’s mounting.
We left the Stuart Highway and headed north to Roxby Downs. This is a very modern town, not at all what I was expecting. We decided to head out to Andamooka as Kay was seeking the elusive white Sturt’s Desert Pea flower and where we knew there was a camp site at $2.20 per person per night. Andamooka is surrounded by diggings where people are looking for opals. The campsite is not pretty but has all facilities.
Unfortunately, the unusually coloured Desert Pea eluded us. Just too early in the season apparently and only a few of the standard red and black flowers were around.