04-Aug-2001 -- On my way to the "Border Run", a motorcycle meeting, I picked off some of the easiest confluence points using my ex-police BMW motorcycle model K11LT. This was the 25th time this annual event has occurred, so black tie was called for. A brief trip report is here.
I am using a Garmin Etrex Venture, having recently obtained it for more challenging navigation in Australia. On a recent trip the use of a GPS aided some friends in finding their way, along with good maps of course. This was its first use on my motorcycle and I am very happy with it. While I do have to stop to use it I would have to stop to use the map anyway. I am not confident with using a GPS on the move unless you are just on a main highway without traffic. In this case I think a large-scale map is just as good, and that is what I normal use for tar road trips.
The confluence of 32S and 134 E is North East of Ceduna; heading out from Ceduna you take a northeast heading trace sign posted to Maltee. I went past the signs "no thought road" and "lift 'em foot" then stopped to take a reading on the GPS. Carrying on over the next rise I found the property owner and his wife mustering the sheep down the road. I tell them what I'm doing, passing across the printed application for permission to obtain access. They say they thought I was a cop; I'm traveling on an ex-police motorcycle, an unusual vehicle out here. He tells me that I am on a camel pad of the 1800s and that an Afghan owned the property to the early 1900s.
The actual confluence is some 20 meters west of the camel pad, in the northeast corner of a field.
Retracing my steps I again find the sheep and passed the map across to the owners - they say their son has a GPS and they will look it up. Back to the tar and the nullabour; it is still the same or at least as close as I care to remember from my 1990 trip across it.