7th June, 2015
After 3 restful days at Jupiter Well where we had a good supply of water enabling us to do washing, not just of clothing, bedding etc but also a bit of window cleaning of the windows on the van so that we could actually see the outside world again, we set off once again to the junction of the GJR with the Gary Highway. Highway is a very loose term for the dirt track that seemed to be a road less travelled than the GJR.
Kay is always on the lookout for photo opportunities of the local flora and fauna as well as the more obvious scenery so whenever they stopped to take photos of flowers they saw, we stopped as well. This section of the GJR was also in good condition with much fewer of the deep sandy stretches that had characterized the previous section.
There were beautiful grevilleas all along this stretch of the road.
And a number of other plants that we didn’t identify.
Chris and Val had gone on ahead of us and were parked at the junction with the Gary Highway having morning tea when we arrived. This junction is officially the end of the GJR. We had considered camping at this spot but were advised by a couple of passing maintenance workers that Well 33 on the Canning Stock Route was a much nicer place to camp and not that much further to drive.
At the junction there is another Len Beadell marker on a 44 gallon drum with a visitors´ book which we duly signed. It was interesting to read some of the entries to see where fellow travellers had come from.
The remains of the original survey marker.
The advice to travel further to Well 33 to camp was sound. We turned onto the Canning Stock Route a few kilometres before the Kunawarritji Aboriginal Community and it was just a short drive on a very smooth surface to the Well.
Erich took the opportunity to check all the wheel bearings on the van with some assistance from Val.
We soon realised why this section of road was so good when the Manager of the store at the Community and his wife arrived dragging what looked like an old railway sleeper behind their 4WD. This ingenious idea takes the tops off the corrugations and as he said, “gives them something to do on a Sunday”. Unfortunately, no photo.
Not long after we set up camp this motorhome built on a Unimog 5000 arrived towing a 4WD. It was quite a setup. There were two children aged around 8 to 10 who slept in the tent that can be seen behind the vehicle. What a great experience for those children travelling these very remote areas.
Another beautiful sunset.
And a spectacular sunrise.
One reason we had camped so long at Jupiter Well was because the drive to Kunawarritji was about 250kms and the Community fuel depot closed at 12 noon on the Saturday and didn’t reopen again till Monday morning. Not knowing what condition the road would be in, we decided not to push our luck trying to get there before closing on the Saturday but to travel on Sunday to a convenient camp spot that would give us an early start into the Community on Monday morning.
Diesel was $3.40 per litre here. The highest we have ever paid for fuel.