Kimba to Canberra: Day 13

Port Germein to Burra 3rd April, 2019

If you were to check on the map it’s only about 100 kms from Port Germein to Burra. Whilst Stephen was sorting out the hoses and connections this morning just prior to leaving he noticed a bulge in one of the rear tyres, the innermost one on the driver’s side. This was very worrying. We asked about a tyre place and our host recommended a business in Port Pirie , about 24 kms down the road.

Should we drive there on 3 rear tyres or call for help? We decided to drive there. I was so tense on the trip that I gave myself a headache. But we arrived safely.

The man said they were too busy and we should go somewhere else. We rang another tyre place but they did not have the light truck tyres we needed. I guess he didn’t realise that we are not impatient, especially as the the Visitor Centre is next door and there were some cafes within walking distance.

He said we would need to have two new tyres, so they would match, but closer inspection revealed that the other one was beginning to collapse as well. We now have two new tyres on the back, two nearly new tyres on the front, and two old tyres on the rear passenger side. He assured us we are safe to go and that they look fine, but it it feels odd to me and slightly worrying. The new rear tyres look really fantastic.

At the Visitor Centre we learned all about a great white shark that had been accidentally caught in a fishing net in the gulf. They have a replica as the real one was sent to a university research department. It has made me reluctant to ever swim in the sea again.

When Port Pirie had a passenger service railway they had to contend with three different gauges, as shown on the ramp. Passengers would have to change lines, depending on their destination.

We also enjoyed a hot drink and toastie at The Sanctuary Cafe across the road. The cafe is run by one of the churches in town.

By about 1:30 we were on our way. It has been warm today, and we found we were too tired to drive far. Burra is a very pretty town and we are in a caravan park on the river, opposite the bay where we stayed here in 2015. Having full hookups is very comforting. There is less free camping on this route, but if we make our next destination we will have free camping with flushing toilets on the Murray River in Renmark.

Full hookups, yay!

The view from our site.

Last time we were here in Burra we walked around and I took lots of photos. I didn’t feel up to it tonight, but Stephen went for a short walk.

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