Rose to a rather pleasant morning, a little wind but an ascending sun in a cloudy sky. As we cooked breakfast our travelling companions let us know that they had decided to head back south today (we knew this was going to happen just not sure when) so with a heavy heart we parted ways at the Stuart Highway turnoff – they headed back toward Coober Pedy while we turned north toward Marla. We have our Cross Border permit to head into the Northern Territory tomorrow so we decided on a short day, grab a shower and do some laundry. So we camped at the Marla Caravan Park (on the traditional lands of the Antakarinja people) which was an experience in its self. Power poles not working, find yourself a spot and cram yourself in. The showers were very clean with plenty of hot water so can’t complain to much.
Our mobile phone service using Belong has been pretty shabby this trip. We have used them on previous trips with no problems but now it appears we are effectively barred from parts of the Telstra Network which meant no service at Leigh Creek, Copley, Kingoonya, Glendambo and Marla. At this time with the need to keep up with what is happening in the COVID world and the ability to lodge permit applications and receive emails relating to them severely hampered we’re never sure when we will have service again. Hope the NT Police don’t expect us to have service. I’m thinking there will be a fair bit of correspondence between us, Belong, the Telecommunications Ombudsman and the ACCC. NOT HAPPY JAN!