Had a sleep in…well deserved and needed. Caught a taxi to Rundle Mall for breakfast. Adelaide it seems is the city of the $10 multiples cab fares. Always $10 or $20 haha. Had the breakfast special of bacon and eggs for , you probably guessed it ‘$10’. Poor Brian tho, they had run out of orange juice, fancy running out of a staple :)) During breakfast Brian remembered his favourite store of Adelaide was nearby…not Rivers this time but Haig’s…a more palatable choice I might add . We dragged our suitcases to the place he remember and sure enough it was there. In he went and came out with only a packet of chocolate coated sultanas, an unusually small purchase for the chocolate fiend .
Caught another $10 can ride to the Adelaide Parklands Terminal. The train was in the station and the length of it , despite all my google knowledge arming me with the knowledge, was amazing to see! Lucky for me our carriage was about midway which was close to the entry doors onto the platform. No upgrade tho 😦 the booking clerk was obviously just being polite about it being our anniversary ha ha. My plan broken down by the fact the rail company had a special on this month to obviously fill the train boo hoo !
We were escorted to our cabin on embarking. Cabin is a hyperbole. Perhaps they should be named ‘ Can you really fit two adults in a rectangle 2 metres by one and a half metres wide’ haha . Those measurements may in fact err on the side of enthusiasm lol. We sat there practising contortions cues I had my bags that needed space too 🙂 We checked out the goon bags oops ghan bags ( iPad predicted textlol) they had in the cabin for us. Inside were tissues and toiletries….and ear plugs ( we sensed then the train might be a little loud 🙂 Once the train departed Adelaide (exactly on time I must say) we closed the cabin door. We looked each other in the eyes, a meaningful look….reading each others mind we could hold ourselves back no longer . Attempting to beat each other out the door we made our way to the lounge car hahaha. All jokes aside the cabin was fine as a day seat.The seats were comfortable and sort of lounge size. There was a fold down table too.
The train gives a commentary about some of the places as we pass. When we travelled through a town called Crystal Brooks we were told how it was on the Goyder Line. In 1865 Goyder observed the vegetation changes and advised past this line the rainfall was not suitable for crops . He wasn’t believed at first and people settled the area despite his opinion. This explained the numerous deserted, broken down buildings abandoned by settlers as they could make no living on the land. We also saw the salt pans of Port Augusta. I hope this all proves rewarding knowledge at my trivia nights one day 🙂
We watched during our daylight hours , the vegetation changes that Goyder had referred to. We saw the houses of Adelaide disappear , the trees give way to scrub and the sandy soil change to red. As the sun set though we realised Uluru is not alone in this world . We saw its sister ( will add photo later for comparison. Obviously Uluru is the Marcia Brady and this one Jan 🙂
Around 6 30 the sky was darkening as the sunset. Then the train began rolling through a tunnel of darkness. We ate dinner, Brian had braised steak and I had pasta bake. Not much choice but it was tasty which was good. Then, we decided to brave the cabin again. The cabin was fairly sound proof of train noises and the journey smooth. I was exhausted, it’s amazing how doing nothing can tire you. It was only 9 pm but I was sure I would be able to sleep. We ,well Brian ( no room for two in there while the beds came down) pulled the beds down. They are slim but look inviting nevertheless with their crisp white linen and maroon doona with GHAN symbols. Slinked into bed and it was surprisingly comfortable. In the darkened roomier was easy for the earlier sense of claustrophobia to disappear. The motion of the train would surely rock me fast into ‘Morningtown’. Everyone else seemed to be heading to cabinsjudging by the steps along the corridor outside.
The train announcement just said we will no longer be in South Australia but Central Australia and that this would be the last message for the night so they bid us goodnight. So, on that note I will bid you all a goodnight too. won’t be able to post this until tomorrow as there is no Internet out here …
Goodnight Jim Bob, goodnight Mary Ellen 🙂