Only because work this week happened to be 400km south of Adelaide, on the Limestone Coast, Coonawarra wine region. After finishing my last appointment on the Friday morning I had no time pressure to get back, so I did what I expect most of us would do, pull out the map and have a look at some alternative routes home to the main highway.
Firstly it was time to re-fuel.
Petrol Land Cruiser owners will recognise this outstanding achievement for what it is :) (seeing how much I can eek out both tanks is a good game while on these trips, this was from just bitumen and mostly highway on the way down, as soon as you throw dirt in the mix, you can forget about these figures...).
First stop was Bool Lagoon, a game reserve. I am told at times of year it teems with life, just the sheep now though.
Good little detour, some more dirt roads winding through the farms.
Like cars? Have no restrictions on space?
I’ve always fancied a S3 XJ12. At least now I know where to come for parts.
I found a few more places that looked worth exploring, but by now time was getting on and I still had 300km+ to do to get home, so they will have to wait till next time.
My route was taking me up the western side of this map along the green coloured route. This is the Coorong, a series of sand dunes, lagoons and lakes.
The main road is bitumen but there are many dirt roads leading off it. I had a quick explore down a few.
See those dunes in the distance? It was somewhere in there that I got in a bit of a pickle with the Pajero.
Local wildlife was out and about.
Everyone’s favourite sign.
I must come back to this region and have another go in those sand dunes, but for today, back to the bitumen.
One last stop before the bitumen road turns inland.
Just the AM radio and coverage of the cricket to keep me company from here on.