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Gibson Desert 1997 - Day Nine

Day Nine: Saturday 27th September 1997
Pikul Rockholes to Kalgoorlie

After rising in the morning the group wandered over to Pikul Hole. In a shallow cave was some Aboriginal art. The RAC map defines the spot not as Pikul but as Peegul Water Hole and Caves. During the walk David found a $5 note in the middle of nowhere... very onimous.

We departed Pikul at 7:30 and passed through Laverton at 10am. By 11am we had made it to Leonora. Just on the edge of Leonora is the Gwalia townsite where we stopped for lunch and a look around. We got to witness two blast from the Gwalia mine at the viewing post.

Back on the road... the journey was quite unremarkable. At 3:45 we stopped at the Broad Arrow Tavern where Jamie shouted a round. While we were there two ultra-lights landed in the carpark.

By 5pm we arrived in Kalgoorlie and took a quick drive to the Superpit... very impressive. As we left the pit we pulled over to witness a Sundog.. very rare from this location. This is formed by the refraction of light through small hexagon disks of ice, presumably embedded in high altitude clouds.

We stayed the night at the Hospitality Inn. A nice dinner was held and we had the chance to reflect on the trip and what a good time we had.

For photos of this trip see the Gibson Desert 97 Photo Gallery (opens in a new window)

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