9/ Girding Australia

Leg 45 – A change of state

After sleeping for most of the day on the Spirit of Tasmania, Dr Leanda drove from Melbourne towards Adelaide.

Staying near lakes along the way.

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South Australia would rather barge through water than build a bridge to get over Lake Alexandrina.

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At least Canine Indi enjoyed them – twice – within an hour (Narrung and Wellington). It was the last time she would need to wear her jackets.

Leg 46 – Eyre-ing on the side of caution around giant things

Not stopping in Adelaide, Dr Leanda and Canine Indi flew through Kimba, with its giant galah.

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Scuttled through Poochera, past a giant ant.

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Flowed on through Ceduna, containing a giant oyster.

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To wind up in Penong, with world’s widest windmill.

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Indeed, Penong seemed to be farming windmills.

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Leg 46 – Null/arbor = no/trees

Signs of Perth were on the horizon.

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Trees were not common.

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But where there were, there was signs of wildlife (with google-y eyes).

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Leg 47 – Cliff notes

The views from the bight did not bite. Dr Leanda prescribes free view points, which are just as beautiful as the paid (below).

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Canine Indi enjoyed the free (dog-friendly) ones too.

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Dr Leanda likes to provide evidence of her claims, and so these are photos from free viewing points.

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Not far from the border, Dr Leanda and Canine Indi camped up…

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… and was joined by a feral cat!

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Turns out that Canine Indi is not the best cat-tracker.

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Leg 48 – Home state

The end of the road for giant things…

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… and the beginning of the end of the journey.

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It was so hot in Madura that Canine Indi would not leave the air-conditions of Bowser.

Which is just as well because Dr Leanda had a long way to drive.

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Dr Leanda took pity on a bird family while staying near Norseman. The next morning the water had dried up, but was over-flowing with bees.

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It was so hot, but Canine Indi knew they were on the right track.

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Leg 49 – Knocking from the doorstep

Dr Leanda checked in on the trapdoor spiders at her late mentors long-term study site near Tammin.

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Many burrows were mud-plugged, indicating brooding females or resting youngsters.

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She also checked-in on some trapdoor spiders nearby.

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Leg 50 – Home

Feline Chester was beside himself to see Dr Leanda again.

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While Canine Indi loved having her pack mates Canine Scrumpy and Canine Jojo beside her again.

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