the Port Wakefield Roadhouse,
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"Essex..... isn't that Goochie's county?"
A woman stops... but she is turning off too. At last there is a lift to Port Augusta: The operations manager of an industrial cleaning company has been in Australia for eight years. He says that he is from Rhodesia originally, has spent four years in Crewe, and some time in Singapore and Indonesia.
He employs many casuals during the summer shutdowns, and gives you his card; should you be in the area, and need some casual work to boost your funds.
He points to a solid metal, tubular frame that protects the radiator grill from damage when a kangaroo is accidentally struck at night.
Port Augusta is South Australia's most northerly port.
Once you join the Stuart Highway, it is your last glimpse of the coast for 3,000 kilometres.
Another driver, who takes you from Port Augusta to the Roxby Downs uranium mines' turnoff, also adds his comments about the plight of today's Aborigine.
He has worked in the heat of the desert sun, and admires how the early Aborigines had walked and lived on the land, but he sees little to admire about them today.
You pass two large salt lakes: Lake Torrens, and Lake MacFarlane.
When Mark turns off, the road is quiet, and traffic is as scarce as an Aborigine in Iceland. There are no clouds, and if it was not for the wind, it would still be unbearably hot at six o'clock.
The turn-off; that you spend an hour looking at, leads to Woomera, Australia's rocket and research base.
You start to read a book.....
Eventually, two Danish men in a large Australian car pull up beside you. They are going to Coober Pedy.
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