10-Jun-2007 -- Leaving our second successful confluence visit for the day, we headed slightly north before turning to follow the sign posted dirt road to Cradock. Our intended lunch stop was well overdue, so we stopped at the old Windowarta Hut for our lunch stop. This old hut is a fine example of the use of native pine and stone that once housed one of the pioneers to this area. The native pine is resistant to termite attack, so these 140 year old timber uprights are still in perfect condition, apart from the angle that they now stand. After inspecting this fine old building and the stone water tank and troughs, it was time to head further west so we could log our final confluence of the day.
Arriving at the railway crossing near the confluence, we found the old track that ran parallel to the railway line and would take us to the closest point to the confluence. After 2 kilometres of travel, we were stopped by a new station fence. 5 kilometres still from the confluence and not enough day light time to walk from this fence line, we headed back to the main road and headed south towards Port Augusta, in the vein hope that there would be a track that would lead back to the railway line. After 3 kilometres of travel, there was a station track on our left that then ran parallel to the railway line. This track had not been used for some time, so we were careful as we headed slowly down this track. Then suddenly again, there was another fence across the track, but luckily there was a station gate to pass through. With luck on our side, we were able to get to 1.78 kilometres of the confluence.
Crossing the railway line on foot, it was time to head east and reach the confluence that would lie on the slopes to the Ranges. It was not long until we were in the rock covered terrain that Glen mentioned. These rocks greatly slowed the pace of travel, but we eventually made it to the confluence site. Like Glen, we to found it took longer to get those magic figures on the GPS. With the required photos in hand, it was times to head back to our waiting vehicle before it got dark.
Our final result for the day was 3 successfully logged confluences, 800 kilometres of travel and 14 hours until we were back home again.