The Challenge of Challenges

Sometimes it’s convenient to rely on the various challenges to get direction for a new post. As I do not really have a coherent theme for my blog, weekly challenges are very convenient. This week there’s wordpress weekly challenge: zigzag. Then we’ve got Ailsa’s travel theme: simplify. Sue’s word a week challenge is transport. See if I can get all this together in one post. To do so, lets go back to Cook in South Australia:

The Indian Pacific from Perth to Adelaide refuelling stop at Cook, SA

Hmm – difficult to pass as zigzag. In particular as the stretch of rail passing Cook is the longest straight stretch of rail in the world – 478 kilometers. I’m sure the railway engineers had ‘simplify’ in mind when they constructed this stretch. Transport any one?

The Indian Pacific from Perth to Adelaide refuelling stop at Cook, SA

But hey – there’s a bit of a zig here (alas no zag) in what looks as preparation for a new subdivision in Cook? Seriously, how many subdivisions do 5 people need??

The Indian Pacific from Perth to Adelaide refuelling stop at Cook, SA


I suppose that rail is merely the prerequisite for transport, so here it is, the Indian Pacific on the stop in Cook.

The Indian Pacific from Perth to Adelaide

Not only transport, but superior transport. Ever so nice to walk to the Outback Explorer Lounge to get a glass of one’s favorite tipple

The Indian Pacific from Perth to Adelaide

and then while away some time in congenial company.

The Indian Pacific from Perth to Adelaide

Ah, the zigzag, well here it is. As well as being documentary evidence that it was not over indulgence in the Lounge that made passing this car feel a bit wobbly. Ha!

A word a week challenge – Track

I’ve not done many ‘weekly challenges’ since I’ve been busy with life in general (and my own in particular). However, the evening is a bit slow, it’s December so it’s cold and dark outside. Blogger A Word In Your Ear has weekly challenges I follow now and then – without contributing myself. Until now. The weekly word is ‘track’ and after digging in the archives a bit I settled for an image of the railroad between Port Augusta and Leigh Creek in South Australia. I shot this photo in Parachilna, a now defunct pit stop for the railroad. As far as I know, it’s now only used to transport coal from the coal mine at Leigh Creek to the power station at Port Augusta.



Pink – word a week challenge

I’ve not done this before, to participate in one of the weekly challenges in the blogosphere. But then ‘a word in your ear’ had this a word a week challenge – pink. Sometime there has to be a first time, and I thought I had something I recently shot.

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If it ain’t pink I don’t know what is. But then, I’m a bit colour blind. It’s not a great shot exactly; it was a rainy day and there was this one window that was dry. What I was really after was the wonderful in-car phone. The car was found parked along a canal in Amsterdam.