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Gibson Desert 1997 - Day Two

Day Two: Saturday 20th September 1997
Nallan Station to Carnegie Homestead

Woke up at 6am to cloudless skies and a pleasant cool air. We had a look around the station at the shearing shed and the nearby paddocks and found a bower-bird bower. We left Nallan at 745 and were at Meekatharra by 9am. The OKA was refuelled (200 litres) and needed to be push-started. The road from Meekatharra to Wiluna is a long dusty gravel road. We stopped just after 11am under some shady sandalwood trees to escape the heat (30 degrees) and have some food. The drive along the road saw several eagles and groups of emus.

We arrived at Wiluna just before midday. We searched around for some ice - most places were closed due to a local race meet. Once we found some ice the OKA was push-started again and we were off...

The trip to Carnegie Homestead saw more wildlife - including a baby dingo. We arrived at Carnegie just before 6pm and settled into comfortable 2-bunk rooms, beer and a hot shower. Carnegie is the last station before the Gunbarrel Highway and is a popular resting place for people travelling though. We set up some binoculars after dinner and observed the moon and other objects. We all were in bed after 10pm again.

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

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