WITH a name like Dusty Miller he must have been destined to be a baker.
The Birdsville Bakery owner worked hard last weekend along with the rest of the staff to make 14,000 pies, sausage rolls and pasties to be sold during race day weekend.
The biggest seller was the camel pie.
3000 were made and sold.
It’s time for Mr Miller and his wife Jacko to pass the shop on and become a grey nomad like the customers he has served more than 10 years.
And there is a sign at the bakery saying it is for sale.
Last Saturday was Mr Miller’s birthday.
He worked more than 17 hours on what was the busiest day of the year.
“I am 67 today and we built this in 2004, the first Birdsville bakery, and worked in it seven days a week, 12 to 14 hours,” Mr Miller said.
“We are f—ked.
We don’t have the energy for it anymore.”
Mr Miller decided he wanted to be a grey nomad and travel the country.
“I get a bit envious of all these people who retired,” Mr Miller said.
Maybe one day he could enjoy the Birdsville Races like everyone who visited the town.
“The Birdsville Races is an iconic event and just grows annually.
“This year is the biggest it’s ever been.
“Birdsville in my belief is the most iconic outback town in Australia,” he said.
This was in part due to being the setting in films such as the 1954 documentary The Back of Beyond which was about mailman Tom Kruse.