Friday, October 20, 2017

Flinders Ranges Day 5 ...




























Day 5 Thursday 05/10/2017  Brachina Gorge to Parachilna Gorge

We packed up Brachina camp and headed into Wilpena Pound to get phone signal.   The peace of not having phone signal in the gorges is good but with a daughter overseas, it was good to hear that Brianna was home safe in Adelaide after 3 weeks over in Europe.

The weather is on the change judging by the clouds.  It's warm at the moment.

We then headed out to Rawnsley Park Station for lunch. While there we connected to their 240v to power up Pearl, she’s a bit flat!

Lunch was nice - I had a lamb burger and Gus, Salt n Pepper squid. 
We couldn't resist the Butterscotch and Macadamia, which we shared.
The waitress said that it was going to rain in Blinman but Rawnsely Park would miss it as it goes over the ranges.  We might be in for a wet night.

After that we headed back to WP to get a few more supplies then we drove out to Blinman then turned off to Parachilna. We’re hoping we can get a good spot in Parachilna Gorge, like we did 3 years ago.

By this stage, it’s 5pm and we can’t see a good spot. There are quite a few already camped in spots and the sky is getting dark with rain clouds.

As luck would have it, we spied the exact same spot we had and it was free. There was another vehicle a bit further away, set up with swags and their fire going.  It was pretty tight getting in there but Pearl has plenty of clearance to go through creek beds etc.

The weather isn’t looking too good and by the time we’ve got Pearl up, it’s spitting with rain. As we hunker down, the rain gets heavier.

Our plans to have Weber pizzas got cancelled and I cooked up  bolognese sauce with bow tie pasta. I did get to make a scone damper in the Weber which turned out great!  It was just a basic scone dough but it baked beautifully in the Weber (I flipped it over for the last 5 minutes to colour it up).

We sat by battery candlelight, having a last glass of wine before retiring to bed at 10.45pm.

During the night, the light rain continued and the wind whipped up.  We are safe and dry in Pearl but
I feel sorry for those campers who couldn’t sit by their campfire for the night and will get up to a soggy campsite in the morning.

Cheers - Joolz xx

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