Monday December 2, 2002, Dave Moser
We rose to Timís 6/7/8 routine. Up at six; tents down and breakfast at 7; hike at 8. Some did the 2 hour round trip to Hill Homestead and the Pound. Some did the 2.5 hour roundtrip (return) to Wangara lookout. And some did the 4 hour return to Mt. Ohlssen Bagge. I did the Homstead hike; a nice cool morning and great hiking through giant eucalyptus trees. Saw a kangaroo with joey nursing, and emu with its baby. Great views of Wilpena Pound.
Lunch at noon and left before 1 PM. Drove to Hawker (pronounced Hawkaw) for supplies. Lots of hippies hanging out preparing for the Lyndhurst Eclipse Rave Party.
Then on to Leigh Creek where we learned that the first cross-continent telegraph line was finished in 1872. Settlements were spaced 200 miles apart as repeater stations. Supplies were brought in by camel trains called the Afghan Camelese. The railroad was considered in 1887, but completed from Adelaide to Alice Springs in 1929. It was named the Ghan in honor of the Camelese.
Leigh Creek, a coal mining town, was named for Leigh Mohammed, an Afghan Camelese who was crushed by a camel.. We arrived at our hot, dusty campsite; set up camp and most went to the pub in town. On return there was a shingleback lizard (sleepylizard in camp heading for Kathyís open tent door. Cam picked it up and told us about it. We are expecting possible thundershowers tonight.