Sunday, April 14, 2013

Home again, home again ... great place to start a travel blog!

There really is a place called World's End ... off the side of the World's End Highway,
in South Australia, not far from the old mining town of Burra.

Wine casks at the Seven Hills Winery, near Clare, SA.

The Magpie and Stump Hotel in Mintaro, east of Clare. 

Just follow the signs. In the mid-north, all roads lead to Clare.

The South Australian Motor Museum, in Birdwood.

Lola at World's End. Seriously. You have no idea hot hot this was --
seven weeks short of the start of winter. Wouldn't want to do this any closer to summer!

Gateway to the Barossa Reservoir, and the amazing Whispering Wall.

The Blumberg Hotel in Birdwood. Be on the lookout for airborne West End deliveries.

The beautiful Church of St. Aloysius at Seven Hills, near Clare.

The Clare Valley Motel and "Top of the Hill" Restuarant, just outside of Clare.
We called this Base for three great nights.

A memorial to  Sir Sidney Kidman, in Kapunda -- Barossa Valley.

Speaks for itself: Welcome to Tanunda, Barossa Valley.

A landscape typical of South Australia's mid-north ... shot through the side window of the car,
while traveling at about 100kph. It was sizzlingly hot. Dry. Dusty. Smoky.

Follow the signs ... back in Aldgate, where we stopped for breakfast on the way out...

Home again, home again! Lola (aka the Mitsubishi Magna) has just about cooled down from more than 1100kms of travel in some fierce heat, and some amazing places, and at last it’s time to start this blog, which will give us an easy way to share photos and stories of our travels.

April 2013 … after an aborted attempt to plan a return to the Limestone Coast, we decided to head north and explore. A place called “World’s End” … a very haunted house … a dam where a whisper can be heard from one side to the other … the biggest grain silos this side of Kansas … the Madonna of the Vines … burning paddocks and glorious roses … fantastic wineries and spectacular coastlines … we saw so much in four short days, we’re still trying to get it organized.

We'll start with this trip and work backwards and forwards in time, covering the Mount Gambier expedition of 2012, the Fleurieu road trip of 2011, the Naracoorte trip of 2010, and ... so on. Stay with us for pictures and stories of caves and cliffs, blue lakes and red earth, wildlife and national parks, sunsets and sunrises, wineries and restaurants, abandoned mines and "megafauna" ...

Starting with Clare Valley and beyond, 2013, we'll work our way through places like Worrawong and Tantanoola, and prove with the road signage that such places really do exist -- you couldn't make up names like this. 

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