DAY 161 Monday 16th September
As is the normal, we had an early rise and began the pack-up to move on further. Breakfast finished so Kay went to Woolies for those last minute food necessities (Woolies was not open yesterday, Sunday). Neil continued with packing and when the car returned, just hooked up and departed the Esperance C/P for Norseman. We saw the wreckage of about 30 Bulk Ore carriages that had de-railed during the week due to the rail sleepers collapsing from all the rain WA has had this month.
Apart from the carriages it was a nice quiet drive up north and we did a town walk before lunch. This was had behind the Info Centre and then climbed back into car and headed east. The road was lightly used, although at one stage 12 Motor Bike members from the Rebels who had been in Perth for some sort of protest and were on their way home, passed us and were all well-mannered when given my signal to pass when clear.
We continued about 170 Km from Norseman to Harms Lake budget camp (#21 WA camps 7) and set up for the night. We are in the camp with three other vans at present, but that may increase with time, as it is only 4.00pm, getting on happy hour though. Then I suppose its tea and bed.
Oh “Happy Birthday Kay”
DAY 162 Tuesday 17th September
The wind increased during the night and just before daylight the wind died some and we had a short shower before the wind blew up again. We packed up and got away earlier than normal with Kay driving with an enormous tail wind pushing us. This was good.
Today was supposed to be a big day in the saddle, however, the Rebels on their Hayley Davidsons had other ideas. We managed to dodge them early in the day by keeping just a little in front and stopping where the Police were stationed and leave just as the bikes were arriving.
Our first road house stop was at Balladonia for a quick look around. We found Police everywhere in about 5 marked and 7-8 unmarked cars. They either loved them or just wanted to escort them out of the state, however, we found it necessary to make a hasty retreat back onto the road as the bikes were arriving with, I thought, some with just a little aggression on their faces.
Back on the road, and within 30 Km we were passed by 5 of the unmarked Police cars in a hurry to get to the next road house to be prepared. This next roadhouse was Caiguna which is on the eastern end of the 90 Mile Road this being the longest straight section of Highway in Australia. As we were walking back to our car a Policeman advised that should he come up behind us and contact either by radio or flashing lights we were to move off the road and stop. Fortunately this did not happen as we managed to leave before any sight of the noise arrived and drove onto our third roadhouse for the day.
This last money pit was Cocklebiddy Roadhouse and as is normal practice we had a quick walk and purchased a key ring to add to our collection. Kay then prepared some lunch and after eating we set off heading toward Eucla. Next stop was to the Madura Pass Lookout where we had a look and snapped some photos before heading off again. Next and last stop was to the Moodini Bluff Budget Camp (Camps 7 # 9 WA ) and found a sheltered site and set up. This was just in time to walk over to the Highway to again watch the almost 100 bikes thunder through, along with their backup crews in their Motor Homes and Wizzbangs and just trailers. Some even had a couple of spare bikes just in case!
There are 12 or 13 vans in the camp, as we prepare our tea and settle down for the night.
DAY 163 Wednesday 18th September
We were up early as we anticipated a long day. So as soon as we woke it was up and at ‘em. Breakfast finished and van packed and away we went to continue our trip over the Nullarbor Plain, headed for the WA/SA Border Village. Our first stop was at Eucla for a short walk. We stopped at the border for some photos and key ring purchase, adjusted the time pieces and started looking for the terrific lookout locations all along the coast. There was lookout 3, followed by lookout 2, and believe it or not, lookout number 1. This is where we had our lunch, in the car park.
Kay had been driving again this morning and I took over after lunch to take us to Nullarbor Hotel-Motel, and then to the Head of the Bight. What magnificent views we have had to endure all day today. They just kept getting better, including the mum and baby Southern Right Whale frolicking in the surf. What a great day Western Australia and South Australia have turned on just for the Kollmorgens. The weather was beautiful also.
Continuing, we decided to call it a day at another Budget Camp (that is about all there is available out here) at Yalata West Rest Area (Camps 7 # 852 SA ). Very quiet, with only one other camp at present.
Had a quiet happy hour, just the two of us, and then had a lovely tea. Thanks Kay. We then had a call from the Quirks to seek our health and whereabouts, lovely to hear from them. I am having trouble with the Skype on my computer and will be talking with Tucks on Friday (think), so I will see if Maree can help.
It would seem to be time now for bed. I may have to oblige