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Wednesday Jun 12 #

8 AM

running (Elliston Jetty) 32:00 [3]
shoes: Asics Nimbus 24 black/green

Elliston’s a funny place in that it’s not right on Waterloo Bay because of a dune ridge sheltering the town area located at the southern end of the bay, so the ocean is not visible from the main street whereas the grain silos a couple of km away line up perfectly with the jetty exactly halfway along the semicircular bay, which was shrouded in light fog this morning (apparently fog was much thicker at Ceduna).

So I jogged the walking trail along the highway behind the dunes, out-and-back 400m each way along the jetty (this was once a big wheat-handling port although it wasn’t easy for ships to get out through the heads into the rough West Coast ocean) then back along the white-sand beach to the caravan park where I hadn’t realised that we could have booked a dune-top cabin with views over the millpond-like bay towards the breakers rolling in from outside.
5 PM

running (Whyalla Jetty ) 30:00 [3]
shoes: Asics Nimbus 24 black/green

Today’s chosen route from Elliston to Whyalla was via Warramboo and Buckleboo, both having been train stations on the now-defunct Eyre Peninsula Railways along which my dad Jim had worked the steam trains in the 1950s, and both now still with large grain silos but little else and not even platform signage - partly because they didn’t have platforms even in the days of passenger rail (he says that the Faegol rail cars were more like buses with steps down).

From Kimba “halfway across Australia” I convinced Geoff to take the back road via Secret Rocks which he had never seen (I camped there with my parents in 2006, and we were thinking how nice it would be to camp amongst the native pines and granite rocks tonight, but changed that tune when rain came through). We reached Whyalla Foreshore caravan park in time for me to go and find the new circular jetty just as it was lighting up for the evening but before it was too dark to see three bottlenosed dolphins swimming underneath!

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