The Red Centre and Beyond 2011 travel blog

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


This is the point where we all burst into song - with selections from the dessert song….

Over the ground there comes a sound

It is the drum, drum, drum of hoofbeats in the sand

Quiver with fear if you are near

It is the thunder of The Shadow and his Band

(And all who plunder learn to understand)

(To understand the cry of.....)

Ho!

So we sing as we are riding

Ho!

It's a time you'd best be hiding

Low

It means the Riffs are abroad

Go

Before you've bitten the sword

Ho!

That's the sound that comes to warn you

So!

In the night or early morn, you know

If you're The Red Shadow's foe

The Riffs will strike with a blow

That brings you woe!

No darkest night can bring respite

For still the drum, drum, drum of hoofbearts in the air

No flying steed could match in speed

The swiftness of The Shadow's vengeance drawing near

Fear grips the heart, when they the message hear

As clarion clear the challenge

Ho!

So we sing as we are riding

Ho!

It's a time you'd best be hiding

Low

It means the Riffs are abroad

Go

Before you've bitten the sword

Ho!

That's the sound that comes to warn you

So!

In the night or early morn, you know

If you're The Red Shadow's foe

The Riffs will strike with a blow

That brings you woe!

Well it’s a damned cold desert they have here today at least; it was viciously cold though this was due to wind chill, even Gracie had her “hunting jacket” on….ventured forth to see the desert sculptures aka “Standing Stones”. Then a nature ramble to see whatever we could and I did get to see some “dessert pea” in flower up close and personal…. Brilliant colours….

I had problems with the rear vision camera on the back of the van and found a sort of jaycar shop and bought a new one, at considerable expense….

Also we got together with John Preston and his charming wife Barbara for afternoon tea at “Frescos”. Very pucker. Superb vanilla slices even SWMBO enjoyed hers.

Got the crowd to sit on the BIG PARK BENCH for a photo that will probably feature on the commemorative fridge magnets and coasters.

Silverton tomorrow, hope it’s just a little warmer.

Broken Hill is located near the border with South Australia on the crossing of the Barrier Highway (national route 32) and the Silver City Highway (national route 79), in the Barrier Range. It is 220 m above sea level, has an average rainfall of 235 mm and summer temperatures that reach well over 40 °C. The closest major city is Adelaide, the capital of South Australia, which is more than 500 km to the southwest. Unlike the rest of New South Wales, Broken Hill (and the surrounding region) observes Australian Central Standard Time, UTC+9:30, a time zone it shares with South Australia and the Northern Territory.

Broken Hill has been called The Silver City, the Oasis of the West, and the Capital of the Outback. Although over 1,100 km west of Sydney, and surrounded by semi-desert, the town still manages colourful park and garden displays, and offers a number of attractions.

In 1844, the explorer Charles Sturt saw and named the Barrier Range, and at the time referred to a "Broken Hill" in his diary. Silver ore was later discovered on this broken hill in 1883 by a boundary rider named Charles Rasp. The "broken hill" that gives its name to Broken Hill actually comprised a number of hills that appeared to have a break in them. The broken hill no longer exists, having been mined away.



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