[Leigh Creek to Mt Dare]
After our time in the Flinders Ranges, we were itching for some internet so headed to Leigh Creek for the night. A large town with a small population! Lots of infrastructure for a once bustling mining town. We uploaded our flinders wrap up and caught up on a few more videos for our YouTube channel! 📺
Next morning it was time to track north! We aired down near the ochre cliffs. All tyre's dropped to 20psi. We stopped into the Farina ruins for a good walk around. Unfortunately the bakery🥖 was closed! Lots of people have told us they do the best bread in SA. After checking out all the old ruins we continued the journey north to Marree, staying behind the Marree Hotel.
Kurt's parents had done the Oodnadatta track the previous year and told us we had to stop and grab a meal here. Well they weren't wrong - the food was delicious😋. A few beers to help wash dinner down, then a short stumble back to the van. We helped some nomads with 'facetime' advising them, that since there was limited phone signal, they probably wouldn't be able to make a call. Our good deed done for the night. 👍🏼
The next day, armed with a local map we checked out some of the Marree sights the locals had suggested to us, the night before.
We visited the Lake Eyre Yacht Club⛵️, walked around the old train station, checked out the first mosque to be built in Australia and wandered around the local cemetery. Now we don't usually walk around cemeteries but it was interesting to see the segregated sections where the European, aboriginal and Arabs were buried. Satisfied with our sight seeing in Marree, we topped up with diesel⛽️ before officially starting the Oodnadatta Track!