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Meet Geoff the Beekeeper!

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Today has been spent driving across South Australia, and it has brought back some fond memories of our time in SA as a family. Lots of old stone buildings and a really diverse landscape that changes rapidly. I am free camping tonight between Port Augusta and Ceduna, with the aim to get back to the Lutheran Church at Ceduna for 10am tomorrow.
Koongawa Rest Stop

Koongawa Rest Stop


Big pause in the writing... as I was about to upload the photo above, a truck pulled up next to me and the driver called out Hey! It was quite dark by now, and so I felt a little uneasy as I opened the door to see what he wanted. And so the saga began. Geoff the Beekeeper wanted to know what I was doing?, was I alone?, and did I have any beer? At this point it was sinking in that I was in a vulnerable position as there was no one else at this isolated location, and things could go pear shaped quickly. We chatted for about 15 minutes, as I stood in the stairwell of the caravan, not being able to really see who I was talking to in the dark. Geoff suggested that we build a campfire and talk about the big questions of life. He had experienced a bad day, had started early on sundowner drinks, and was consequently having trouble holding a conversation (and walking). It was probably a service to others on the road if we did have a bit of a fire.
Four hours later I knew a lot about Geoff's life, and had been able to strike up some sort conversation that had touched on many issues. The setting of the fire was stunning, with Milky Way stretching across the sky above us. Geoff is 52, single, a little crazy and, reading between the lines, desperately lonely. We concluded that most of the world's problems could be solved if we cared about others more than we cared about ourselves. Sometime after 10pm I managed to convince Geoff that I needed to hit the sack, and he pulled out his swag and snored solidly next to his truck until 5.30am when I made him a coffee before hitting the road. God will honour Geoff's sincere searching, and I was reminded again that it is the people in the margins of life who teach us the most. So I think all my discomfort was important as a life lesson.
Geoff, the Fire and another Scotch and Red Bull!

Geoff, the Fire and another Scotch and Red Bull!


As I experienced a glorious sunrise, I felt more tired than at any other point on this drive home. A sign for the Streaky Bay turnoff beckoned, and the idea of a Sabbath rest day at Streaky Bay became irresistible. Have I ever told you that I really love this place? After looking at more real estate windows, and asking about job opportunities, I had a lovely lunch, and then managed to get some washing done and cook a couple of meals for the coming travel days. It was very restorative, and I even managed to get some exercise in with a run along the foreshore for a few kms.
Roughing it at Streaky Bay (Salt and Pepper Calamari)

Roughing it at Streaky Bay (Salt and Pepper Calamari)


Now I am all packed and ready for another big day of driving tomorrow. The Nullarbor beckons, and the smell of home is getting stronger. Once I reach Eucla there will be less than 2000kms to go.
I am looking forward to reuniting these characters with their delightful owners.
Friends watching over me

Friends watching over me


Not sure about wireless reception for the next couple of days, so there could be a small gap in the musings. Until then.

Posted by Phil Croot 06:11

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