I made that my first priority, we get on well enough as long as we're miles apart, so I didn't visit very long, I'd already promised her that. She likes her space and solitude and I understand that because I do too.
I knocked on her door and she didn't recognise me because I had the sunglasses on, (traveling incognito, that's me), we visited on her front porch for about ten minutes while her dog went crazy in the back yard, then I told her there was a rawhide chew bone for him in the bag of goodies I'd brought her, so she unwrapped that and tossed it to him, we didn't hear a single peep from him after that.
I remembered that J is shorter than me, but not how much shorter and I'd forgotten how blue her eyes are. They're like the sky, so blue. Mum's eyes. My brother also has blue eyes, but not like this, his have more grey, while mine are brown like my Dad.
Anyway, the visit is over and while we were pleased to see each other, I think I can safely say we are both glad it was a short visit.
The town bus service is shocking, I'm not sure if there are two buses or just one on a constant loop around the town, I got a "timetable" (ha ha) from the Visitors Centre, but unless you've lived here for a while it is a bit hard to figure out. Bus stops are few and far between and the bus doesn't appear to keep to schedule. Of course, once you figure out the timetable you see that it does, just not exactly. Like the city buses in Adelaide where the one you want is always late. I found a stop on the street behind Woolworths and sat to wait for the bus, then asked the driver to let me know when we reached the school near J's house.
When I was leaving her, she mentioned there'd be a bus at 4pm. So I waited at the stop and sure enough there was a bus at 4pm, but going in the other direction. I was across the road. Waiting.
Waiting, waiting, waiting....finally deciding I'd waited long enough, I'd walk back to the Hotel. So I did. Now I'm dead. I never want to walk again. I don't want to even move.
I took a couple of photos, but most of the time I was too busy shooing away flies, remember when I complained about the bush flies in Adelaide? Well up here there are ten times as many and they all seemed to be focused on my face! There's a good reason right there to leave Port Pirie and never come back.
Tomorrow's plan is to get out and take more photos, I'll see how that goes. It's hot up here, hot and sweaty, at least there was a breeze today with a bit of cool in it.
I'm staying at the International Hotel/Motel, nothing fancy, but the room has a TV bigger than mine and airconditioning. Nearby is the old Railway Station which is now a Railway Museum, there is a lovely old restored locomotive out the front, I think that may be my first port of call tomorrow.
For now, I need a shower and food.
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