Spending our first night truly in the middle of nowhere gave us a glimpse of what would soon become routine through the more deserted parts of Australia. We got on the road early, excited to see the mining town and self-proclaimed opal capital of the world. With its underground churches, bars and living quarters, Coober Pedy had all the boxes ticked for an interesting and welcome break to the monotonous desert landscape. Numerous mounds of dirt and signs advising not to walk backwards made it impossible to miss the town.
About to leave town, we were confronted with the fact that Bertha would only push start. With this in mind, we decided not to take the risk of staying the night in the middle of nowhere. Instead, just after dusk, we embarked on the 700 kilometer drive to Alice Springs, only stopping once along the way to refuel. Anticipating another push start the following morning, we stayed the night parked on a hill outside of a prospective mechanic.