We are well on our way. Nearly 3 weeks in and crossing the Nullarbor. Fun facts:
- Did you know that we have a second time zone in Western Australia? It came as a surprise to me. Just outside Cocklebiddy, you move your watches forward by 45 minutes. How come I’ve lived in WA for 37 years and have not known that?! It’s Central Western Time.
- You probably know that we have the longest stretch of straight road in the world – 146 km (90 miles) on the Nullarbor. Not one bend. The Romans would be so proud of us.
I said in the last post that this would be an exposé of the good, the bad and the ugly.
The scenery is magnificent! From Greens Pool in Denmark, Bremer Bay, Lucky Bay, Duke of Orleans, the malee trees on the way to Norseman – and the Nullarbor itself is an experience – and much more. And we haven’t even left WA yet!
It is also great to be spending time with my lovely wife, exploring this great (and vast) country together. Plus having Ryan, Haids and the bubs with us so much of the time is special. It does my soul good. Meeting people along the way too and sharing a bit of life together is rich. Life is simple. I love the simple life – more next time.
The boys having a laugh together
We do drive a lot. Sometimes 4 or 5 hours a day on the road. And Tank gets pretty hot inside – often hotter than outside. This is not nice when it is 45c outside. The air con hardly makes a difference then.
Sometimes, moving from site to site on a nightly basis is challenging. Some of the toilets and showers are also challenging.
Living in a confined space too is a growth opportunity! How’s that for reframing?
Also, being in a caravan park – which even in daylight is a maze – in the dark, trying to find my way back to Tank with a frying pan of freshly caught and cooked herring, wandering around in circles… until my search party came with a torch to rescue me! She’s a love. Without her I might still be wandering around that caravan park!
Our Living and sleeping area in Tank – that’s all of it!
I won’t go into details for those of you who have a sensitive disposition, but the Porta-Potty took some work to understand. And the learning period was ugly and messy. Enough said.
After Albany, we went to Bremer Bay, 3 nights, Hopetoun, 2 nights (1 night free camping) then Esperance, 7 nights. Then to Balladonia, 1 night. Now in Madura. Next stop Eucla, then across the border into South Australia.
Why Time Capsule? Well, this was written a week ago. Have not had a signal since then, but that is another story.
That’s all for now.