Location: Well 26 to Well 19 Distance traveled today: Approx 360km (200km on CSR + 160km round trip to Cotton Creek for fuel) Total distance traveled (of 1800km): 1242km (on CSR) Started today around 7:20am. It was only about 40km of winding sand track and dunes before we came to the Talawana track. (The Talawana track "crosses" the CSR. I say "crosses" as it traveses 30 off kilometeres of the CSR between where it enters and exits.) The CSR/Talawana track was a change!! A big wide corrugated path...and the best thing was no more slappy sticks! We sat on 110km/hr, racing each other along parallel tracks until we reached Georgia bore. Along the way we noticed a heap of bags on the side of the track - we stopped and checked them out. They were soil samples for a mining company. Georgia Bore is a bore with a hand pump supplying clean fresh water for drinking. It was installed by a company prospecting (or mining?) in the area back in the day, and left intact for future travelers. After leaving a message for Cam & Jess (who we "lost" yesterday) we left the CSR via the Talawana track and took off on our 80km trip to Cotton Creek. Steve told me a story of a father and son who were unprepared and set off from Cotton Creek in the summer to do the northern section of the CSR (a silly thing to do even if you are prepared). They'd broken down 8km from Georgia bore, and not having a map had ended up dying of thirst! Anyhow, knowing the typical distances we were covering each day I was dreading both the time and energy the 160km round trip would take...but I was pleasantly surprised. A mining company had set up shop at Lake Disappointment, and so almost the entire way from Georgia Bore to Cotton Creek was graded. Rad. (Gotta watch those corners that sneak up after long boring straights!!) In short time we were in Cotton Creek to fill up on Opal. We find the local store keeper, Nelson, and let him know we're the bikers that called. "Yep no worries" he says, "how much do you reckon you'll need? We dont have a bowser, we usually just hand pump it out of the barrel...only thats broken so you'll have to siphon it out. How much do you reckon you'll need?" So off we go estimating how much we'll need ($3.00/L). Then Nelson jumped on the forklift and bought out a pallet of Opal drums. Out with a length of garden hose, put one end in the barrel and suck on the other until fuel starts coming through then jam it into the tank. An hour later, with fuel taste in our mouths we were full. Steve is well over-full with fuel as he is concerned he'll puncture his low jerries again & lose fuel. He has 82L of fuel, I have 70L. I estimate I'll only need 50L, so I', also overkill. Better safe than sorry! 80km later we arrive back at Georgia Bore. (I had my first highside crash on the way back!! I was daydreaming and came around a corner to Steve pretty much stopped at a muddy puddle...locked it up and ended up highsiding into the ditch.) We filled our water bottles and prepared to head off, just as Cam & Jess showed up. A quick hello and goodbye - this is where we part ways as they head off to Cotton Creek, then on to Rudall River NP for a few days. Back onto the CSR. The sand after Geogia Bore was excellent, and with plenty of flat open lakes to traverse we made good progress. (These lake pans would be horrible in the wet, as evidenced by all the deep wheel tracks!) As we were riding past Lake Disappointment today we came across the same mining track that we noticed leaving the Talawana track! (Remember I mentioned a mining company had graded the Talawana? Turns out the mining company has set up shop down Lake Disappointment ways.) We pushed on until the sun had just sunk below the horizon, then set up camp under some Desert Sheoks just before Well 19. The jerry can mounts are slowly bending upwards as time goes on...sandwiching the jerries firmly into the tank! One point to note is that today I ran off the track into some Spinifex (spikey grass). I got back onto the track quickly (as I hadnt come off the bike), but smelt burning. Stories of cars going up in flames from spinifex getting caught between the bash plate and engine came to mind so I smartly jumped off the bike and cleared the engine area of spinifex. One of them was touching the exhaust pipe and was a glowing ember! Lucky, but also good awareness.