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Written on: Sunday May 27th, 2007

G?Day

IF YOU FOLLOWED SCOTTS LAST BLOG??. YES I CAME BACK WITH WOOD, LOTS OF WOOD AND I DIDN'T NEED A WHEELBARROW DREW. RISKED LIFE AND LIMB, FENDED OFF A POISONOUS SNAKE ? ?WHAT A RIP-SNORTER IT WAS? (FANTASTIC), AND OUT RAN A DINGO ? ?CRIKEY WHAT A LITTLE BEWDY? (WHAT A MARVELLOUS SPECIMEN).AM I SOUNDING AUSSIE NOW?  ANYWAY IT WAS ALL WORTH IT BECAUSE THE WOOD I GATHERED WAS FROM GUM TREES WHICH IS A TYPE OF A EUCALYPTUS, AND WHEN IT BURNS IT SMELLS WONDERFUL.

 

TO GET UP TO THIS DRY SALT LAKE  WE HAD TO CROSS OVER ABOUT 50 DUNES  AND BEING THAT OUR LANDCRUISER HAS NO WHIP WITH A FLAG ON THE END IT WAS A BIT HAIRY REACHING THE TOP OF THE DUNES AND HOPEING NO ONE WAS COMING THE OTHER WAY.  THIS WAS HOWEVER A GOOD PRACTICE RUN TO SEE HOW THE VEHICLE HANDLES THE DUNES BECAUSE OUR 2000 KM 4WD CANNING STOCK TRACK WE ARE PREPARING FOR HAS OVER 900 DUNES.  YAHOOOOOO

 

WE HEADED WEST DOWN THE EYRE HWY ACROSS THE NULLARBOR PLAINS. THE NULLARBOR PLAINS IS  THE WORLDS BIGGEST, FLATTEST PIECE OF LIMESTONE, COVERING AN AREA OF 200,000 SQ KM AND UP TO 300 METRES THICK.(JUST IN CASE YOU WERE INTERESTED) THE EYRE HWY     IS A PAVED ROAD THAT MOST HATE TO TRAVEL AND THE ONLY WAY TO REACH THE WEST COAST.  THIS PARTICULAR STRETCH OF HWY IS 1,200 KM LONG AND ONLY HAS A FEW ROADHOUSES TO PURCHASE FUEL.  THAT?S ALL THAT THERE IS.  TRAVELLERS ARE ALWAYS WARNED TO HAVE ENOUGH FUEL AND IF YOU BREAK DOWN THEN YOU ARE UP THE CREEK. IT DOES CROSS SOME INTERESTING TERRAIN THOUGH.  ONE AREA IS TOTALLY TREESLESS. ANOTHER AREA HAS THE MOST CONSENTRATION OF EUCALYPTUS TREES IN THE WORLD AND THE REST IS MOSTLY LOW LYING SCRUB BRUSH.  SOME AREAS YOU TRAVEL THROUGH ABORIGINAL LAND AND IT HAS AUSTRALIA?S LONGEST STRAIGHT STRETCH OF ROAD, 145 KM. AND I MEAN STRAIGHT AS A POCKER.  EVERY NOW AND THEN YOU COME TO A WARNING SIGN THAT SHOWS CAMEL, KANGAROO,EMU AND WOMBAT CROSSING THE NEXT SO MANY MILES, WHICH IS WHY YOU DON?T WANT TO BE OUT DRIVING AT DUSK OR NIGHT. THEY TEND TO COME OUT THEN AND UNFORTUNATELY WE SAW TOO MANY DEADS ROOS ALONG THIS ROAD. ONE STOP WE MADE YESTERDAY WAS AT A LOOK OUT ALONG THE GREAT AUSTRALIAN BIGHT.  IT?S A BIG CURVE ALONG THE SOUTH COAST THAT LOOKS LIKE SOMEONE HAS TAKEN A BIG BITE OUT OF IT. IT?S ABOUT 1,100 KM LONG AND IT HAS A 200 KM STRETCH OF BLUFFS THAT ARE ABOUT 90 METRE HIGH.  THIS IS WHERE YOU CAN SPOT THE SOUTHERN RIGHT WHALE FROM JUNE TO AUG. WHEN THEY MIGRATE UP FROM THE ANTARCTIC TO GIVE BIRTH.  THE RECORD SPOTTED HERE AT ONE SIGHTING, THAT IS AT ONE TIME WAS 170.   SOMEONE MUST HAVE BEEN - ?FLAT OUT LIKE A LIZZARD DRINKING? (VERY BUSY) TO HAVE COUNTED ALL THEM.  WE ONLY SAW 3 FROLICKING ABOUT. I RECKON WE ARE A BIT EARLY. ?WHAT A STINKER OF A DAY? (HOT) IT WAS THOUGH AND THE FLIES WERE HORRENDOUS. I TOOK A PICTURE OF SCOTT AND HE HAD AROUND 100 ON HIS BACK.  WHEN I SHOWED HIM THE PICTURE ?HE LOOKED LIKE A STUNNED MULLET? (HE WAS SHOCKED) AND NOT TO MENTION ?AS MAD AS A CUT SNAKE? (VERY ANGRY)

 

ANYWAY, WE ARE GOING TO ?BOG IN AND HAVE SOME TUCKER? (EAT) NOW. CRIKEY, STEVE IRWIN WOULD HAVE BEEN PROUD OF ME.

 

CHEERS!!!  (I THINK YOU KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS)

PS- just to let the world know (thanks Barb "A") that the hemmy of the outback,roid was a false alarm, I think. I just wanted some pitty out here whilst handling these lovely flashes  and walking around like I have something else you know where. I must have a pinched nerve in my leg also because I have been walking around like a penguin and people are starting to stare.. It has driven me to sleep on the "1st floor"  because all the rolling around I do during the night has led to POOR Scott waking up without his million layers of blankets on him.

Thanks for all the responses. We are getting a kick out of them and I'm sure others are too. We are heading up the Canning Stock Route in a day or two, so you will not here from us for a couple of weeks. Drew we will contact you to advise the plan.

TILL NEXT TIME

 

 

From Bryan Rite on May 28th, 2007

That highlighted picture with the cliffs and sun rays is AMAZING!

From Jeff on May 29th, 2007

You guys are simply amazing! Thanks for the great adventures!

From Carmen&Werner on May 30th, 2007

Hello you both! Thank you for reading about your Trip! It`s great to see the pictures and to read this all! Have a lot of fun and a great time!!! Carmen & Werner from Germany

From Liam on Jun 2nd, 2007

Wow you two keep them coming, Iam very happy for you both it looks like you are having the time of your life. Scott the DVD camera system at the shop paid for itself will tell you why later. Cheers.

From Carmen&Werner on Jun 6th, 2007

Hello u2, thank`s for the picture postcard and the greetings for my birthday.We start our holiday trip on friday 8.june, beginning with the 65. wedding anniversary from my parents. Then we`ll go to Norway for about 3 weeks. See, we don`t have soooo much time. Have a lot of fun and take care Carmen & Werner from Germany

From Kristyn, Todd and Tay on Jun 18th, 2007

Hey there... glad to hear the adventure is still moving forward... you two are pretty amazing to do what you have been! Glad you're having so much fun! Hopefully my brother got the oil leak figured out and you are still "headin on down the road." Can't wait to read about the adventures through the desert... oh hey tell your Aussie friends that keep calling the shop - they gave me a little scare... and I had to call to make sure you were okay... Miss you guys lots!! We'll talk to you soon......love you guys... kd and boys. p.s. I'm still not fired yet but time is flying and I can forsee my pink slip coming about mid July... or are you planning to stay longer?