By now most salties are familiar with Lake Gairdner & DLRA's Speedweek in South Australia. In 2014 it was run 28 February thru 5 March. Having wanted to go since it's inception 20- odd years ago, and seeing the weather shape up as promising in the lead- up, I decided, a week out, to make the trip 6-7 hours up the road to the event. The road in to the salt is a somewhat legendary rough piece of eighty- mile dirt. My only transport is a low- mile '90 Camry automatic. Talking to my father-in- law, I registered my concern. He's been out there, and quipped 'you'll be alright'. This, plus an extra spare tire, a swag, tent & box of food, sealed my decision. As an artist with a predeliction for hot rods, customs & bikes, this opportunity was a long time coming. The meet starts on Friday, and ends the next Friday. I figured with my scant time & small budget, that I could get there Tuesday and leave Saturday. I get anxious before big trips. I was doing this one alone, as I usually do. After preparing the car & contents, I had dinner & tried to sleep. Not much doing there. So I figured if I left Adelaide around midnight, I could camp for 3 or 4 hours at Mambray Creek, and be in the kangaroo zone by daylight. So, juiced by coffee, I snuck out through the northern suburbs, and into the night, which was very mild. I made Mambray Creek on time, and the mild night saw me lying on top of the swag. However, having Hwy 1 at ear level, and 70 yards away, meant no sleep. And so after an hour or so, I drove off to Port Augusta, wide awake. In the mystic city, I topped up fuel and drove on towards Iron Knob, stopping for a rest in the inky dawn. Then, on daylight, I spent 30 or so minutes resting at Iron Knob rest park ( the birthplace of aussie iron mining). Put some dollars in the tin. This is where you leave Hwy 1 for the dirt road to the salt.