Friday, August 29, 2008
Sunday, August 24, 2008
We spent the night 35km outside of Broome near the Roebuck Roadhouse. After a leisurely breakfast we slowly made our way to the Caravan Park in Broome which will be our home for the next five weeks. What a drama!! We had to unload Jimny to tow the trailer into the most western part of the park in the corner near the fence. Then we had to drive the bus into its home. While we were attempting this feat our friends Bob & Dtwana arrived and parked adjacent to us. Nothing much happened for the first couple of days we went to the markets and had Mango smoothies (twice) I bought some lovely hand painted items. Tropical colours & flowers. Broome is a tropical area, known for its pearling industry. I purchased a beautiful pearl during our last visit last year. Broome is surrounded by the most beautiful beaches. White, white sands and blue, blue waters. We actually drove up the beach this morning, you are allowed to drive on the beaches as long as you have a 4 wheel drive vehicle and drive carefully. It was breathtaking!! Amongst the white beach are beautiful bronzed and sculpted bodies soaking up the sun. We forgot the camera this morning but I promise we will take photos soon.
Bye for now Jan
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Well we have been here a week and we are not divorced. That’s a plus I think. Today I will tell you a little story. There are bees that make their home underground. They only come above ground at this time of the year and for only about 3 weeks. Only when these blue flowers are out. Which are shown in the photo. The bees are an inch long and half of an inch thick and they do everything extremely fast. They fly straight into the holes in the ground. So fast it is impossible to take a photo.
We went for a drive about 53km South to the Mouth of the Fortescue River. (Check out photos on Flikr)
There is quite a bit of mining going on around there, mainly iron ore. The mine has only recently started and eventually they will pipe it out to sea and load the ship at sea. The only way they can load it on to ships is in a slurry form.
Saturday, August 16, 2008
We had a lazy day today settling in Dave & Gail left to travel to Port Hedland and we hope to catch up with them later along the way. B.I.L. caught some lovely fish which we enjoyed for tea. We drove along the beach and talked to the fisherman. Doesn’t seem to be a lot of fish this year. It is very dusty and windy! We drove into Karratha for a look around. It is like a little oasis in the middle of nowhere. No Macys or Myers but a lovely shopping centre all the same. Civilisation at last!!! We drove out to Dampier where they mine the salt and to where the Iron Ore is loaded on the ships. The train that conveys the iron ore is miles long. We also went to Woodside North West Gas which is quite impressive. I thought there was a gas shortage? Apparently not up here although I think it is all exported.
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Well after travelling 732kms we pulled up for the night about 40kms north of Mt Newman. We plan to stay the night in a truck bay. We left Mt Magnet about 8am after filling up with 280 litres of fuel and putting air in a tyre on the trailer which was getting flat. We made morning tea at Cue which was only 80kms down the road, drank it on the move. Lunch was at 1.00pm just North of Meekatharra where we gave assistance to a truckie & Pilot Driver. They needed some duct tape as the transportable house they were conveying to Wyndham was falling apart. The road was long and winding with much of the scenery the same. The stereo was blaring and I was crocheting all the way, listening to the truckies talking on the two way, while tea was cooking in the Crockpot. I guess my years as a weighbridge operator has paid dividends as I understand a lot of the lingo. I hope I don’t start spruiking off the language. I have nearly finished the rug I started just before we left. We were going to go across to Nanutarra Roadhouse and up to Fortescue Roadhouse, but Bill has decided to go up to Port Hedland and down to 40 mile beach. We are planning to meet up with my sister and her husband who have been camping there since June. Hopefully we will have a more interesting day tomorrow. See ya soon Jan
Day 4 – 14th August 2008
We were on the road at 8am, first stop was the Auski Roadhouse at about 9am. We had to repair a tyre on the trailer the tyres have been sitting for so long that the valve was faulty. We left there about 10am. There wasn’t much scenery to look at today. Some nice Gorges or rock formations near Newman but mostly just one long licorice stretching forever. Same old thing over and over. I mean Where’s Macy’s? Where’s Myers? Where’s Darryl Lea? What no M & M World!! We drove North to just before Port Hedland which is 17063kms from Perth. We then turned South towards Karrratha so that we could meet up with Sis & her husband at 40 mile Beach. We rang them from near Roebourne and they met us at the Karratha Truckstop. My nephew Murray was there also. We reached camp about 4pm and set up camp. Having a cuppa when loe & behold friends from home rocked up with their van. Dave & Gayle. Big surprise, we thought they were in Port Hedland. Went for a walk to the beach to the phone box. (there is a seat on the beach where you get good mobile coverage) We travelled 605kms today. We will probably stay here for a couple of days. See ya soon Jan
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
We camped on a truckies area near the BP garage snd set up for the night. We wandered around town taking photos and taking in the scenery. Mt Magnet is a mining town but it is quite quirky. Note the Pick Axe Store and the Cinema. We travelled 435km today and are now 637kms from home.
Friday, August 8, 2008
I thought I would share a photo taken at lunch with some of my friends. We all enjoyed a lovely lunch with lots of laughter and frivolity. I will miss everyone while I am away I hope they don't have too much fun. I also spent a wonderful day sewing at Julia's last Tuesday, this will be the last for awhile as we leave Monday 11th August and probably won't be home until December. We had an action packed day yesterday. We picked up the bus from storage and drove it to my son's to attached the trailer. We successfully loaded Jimny in the trailer, I was going to drive it on but bawked at the last minute. Big chicken, well after seeing my boys load cars on speedway trailers with my heart in my mouth is it any wonder? Anyway we finally took off for the drive home. We only did a few K's when Bill noticed smoke pouring out of the trailer. So we pulled off to the side of the road & called for assistance to the Bearing Company who had just done the bearings for us. The hub was practically fused on. After a hour or so we trundled off home. No more mishaps, after checking halfway home that the wheels weren't overheating, we arrived in the dark. Arriving home about 7pm. I am glad it happened then and not in the middle of nowhere. Well there is only 3 more sleeps and we are off. Have to pack the bus and get organised so probably won't write until we are on our way. Bye for now, will miss you all