Stormy skies…

Stormy skies…, originally uploaded by gypsy woman1.

We woke at 6am to sound of rain on the van roof. Oh dear, the thought of that 9km dirt road after rain was daunting. So we made the unaminous decision to get out quick. We bounded out of bed, threw all the gear in the back, didn’t even stop for breakfast and in 30 minutes we were on our way.

Jack drove back over the dirt road, faster than I drove in and 100kms down the road we stopped at Pardoo Roadhouse to have breakfast. We carry all our own food but had not had time to fill the thermos so bought a very expensive coffee at the roadhouse…

The van had now reached 230000km and was due for a service so decided to press on to Port Hedland, a booming BHPBiliton mining town, In fact it was so booming that the 4 service garages in town were fully booked 2-3 weeks ahead. They suggested ringing ahead to Karratha, another 200km south. We got lucky and booked her in for Wednesday. To be there early we decided to carry on to Karratha for the night. It was another big day, 517km, arrived approx 5pm to find the caravan parks all full, no room at the inn for Jack and Pauline. Again this is a booming mining town, Rio Tinto the bosses in this town, and many of the workers are permanents in the caravan parks, but the council provide an overflow camp area at the Country Club. So we spent the night there, along with a dozen other “displaced persons”.

At 6-30 we packed and pulled out to be first at the garage. They were very good and found a split alternator belt which we had them replace. That could’ve been big trouble if it went in the middle of nowhere, and there is alot of empty stretches ahead of us…

At 3pm we were on the road again and decided to go 20km out to the Dampier Archipeligo (I love the way that name rolls off your tongue…) The Tourist office in Karratha told us the one and only camp ground will maybe be full as they were not answering their phones, but we decided to take a chance. When we arrived we took the last powered site they had and it is only $24 so have decided to have 2 days here and recharge our batteries after a very hectic couple of days.

It was good we had been in Broome, relaxed and we are now ready for the challenges ahead…

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  1. Hi Sandra, thanks for comment, Travelling slowly gives a real feel of the size of this country and the scenery is so varied it never gets boring…

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  2. Sandra Carroll

    Hello there Pauline and Jack,

    I hope that Matilda is feeling good after her service; yes the thought of something going kaput when you’re out in the middle of nowhere is quite a scary one.

    You’ve certainly covered a lot of kms on your trip, in Europe that would be several countries, just shows how vast Australia is. Reading of your travels and looking at the lovely photos, (I can smell the earth and the countryside almost) it has given me itchy feet, I would love to be off somewhere. Maybe Salamanca, in Castilla y Leon north of Madrid end of Sept/Oct, hardly the same, but will be a nice I’m sure.

    Best wishes, Sandra

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