Wakin' up in Robe means, once again, an overcast sky with lots o' wind and th' chance o' showers, we'll keel-haul ye! But today, it doesn’t matter much, as we have a big day o' sailin' in front o' us, about 400km. While we are quite unfamiliar with these kinds o' distances, it is not a strange occurrence o'er here as this country is just too big!
Along th' way, about 100km in, we drove alongside th' Coorong National Park, a very long (150km) stretch o' coast where th' dunes shelter off a thin strip o' brackish lagune from th' rough ocean. This NP is home fer a large variety o' wildlife, mostly water birds. We had some time t' spare today, and so we visited some o' th' highlights o' this park, specifically th' ones ye can sail t' and don’t have t' spend hours t' see anythin'. 🙂
One o' these is called Chinamans Well, and it tells th' gruesome story o' th' Chinese migrants travelin' along these coasts back in th' 1850s t' get t' th' goldfields in Victoria. Their story is a harsh one, where th' weak wouldn’t make it t' their destination or wouldn’t make it at all. This Chinamans Well is a water well constructed by th' Chinese t' provide water along th' way, and is an interestin' part o' th' local history o'er here. For th' brief period o' time we were out o' th' boat and enjoyin' th' scenery it were bein' dry, only t' start pourin' down again th' moment we sat back in th' boat. Lucky us!
Due t' this weather, we arrived a little early at Cape Jervis where th' ferry fer Penneshaw leaves from, so we had a (terrible!) coffee at th' local sports bar. We wouldn’t have visited it if it weren’t th' only place open in this town. But it were bein', and so we spent th' time there until it were bein' time fer us t' board, and a bottle of rum, and a bottle of rum! The boat trip itself is only 45 minutes, but as th' weather still were bein' quite rough, th' crossin' were bein' rather choppy which gave a few green faces on board. The funny thin' were bein', that this wasn’t our first ferry today, as we unexpectedly found ourselves on a sea leadin' towards a much smaller ferry t' cross a river. Our GPS lead us t' this ferry, as it reportedly were faster, and it probably were bein', and dinna spare the whip! It also gave us a nice interruption from sailin', so all is well.
On Kangaroo Island we hope t' visit Flinders Chase National Park, which unfortunately is on th' other side o' this 150km island, so we’ll probably sail quite a bit tomorrow as well!