Wednesday the 8th of October, after
goodbye to Wendy’s friends
we headed off at 8.15 am. We got some supplies and fuel in Karratha and
left for Dampier. We went to a gas plant, and spent some time there
looking at photo’s and DVD’s, very interesting.
At about 11.00 we left Dampier, it was very
hot, about 40 degrees and very humid, not nice at all. Andrew and Wendy
were struggling, especially Andrew, his feet got so hot because of the
engine. I drank so much water while we were riding straight through the
helmet, sometimes water flying everywhere, this gave a bit of relief
for a couple of kilometers. We were so glad to see Fortesque Roadhouse
and to drink nice and cold and expensive water. We couldn’t really stop
earlier because there is absolutely no shade on the parking areas.
When we wanted to leave we saw another
motorbike rider coming. He was wearing jeans and a singlet! He had left
Carnarvon that morning and was heading to Port Hedland.
When he took off he went in the same direction
as where he came from, we shouted and he realized and turned around. I
think he had heat stroke.
Our next stop was Nanutarra Roadhouse where we
paid $2.06 for a litre of fuel. They charge $6.50 for a can of beer and
$6.20 for a bottle of water. There is nowhere else to go so people are
spending it anyway.
We rode another 72 km and stopped at a rest
area near a river bank. Six years ago we stopped at the same spot. It
was quite sandy where we stopped and Ronnie lost control of the bike
and went down. He was only going slow so it didn’t matter, it was hard
to get the bike back up though with all the gear on it.
Lots of lightning that night and some rain. I
had to go to the loo heaps because I drank so much water during the
day. My ankles swell up big time because of the heat of the exhaust so
that is a bit uncomfortable.
Thursday the 9th of October, I walked to the
road this morning because the rest area is so sandy. Ronnie rode behind
me and thought he had a little twig on his helmet, he brushed it off
with his hand and saw that it was a huge huntsman. The young couple who
were camping in their little campervan told Andrew and Wendy: “Look at
what your mate had on his helmet!” We took off on the bitumen and
realized that our handle bars were all crooked. We stopped and Ronnie
pulled them straight, this happened yesterday when he dropped the bike.
It wasn’t far to Exmouth but there were lots of
clouds above the town and it was still very humid. We saw the Qantas
airplane which had to make and emergency stop a couple of days before
at the airport.
When we had some morning tea and coffee there
were huge raindrops coming down. Andrew ran into an old workmate of his
and he told us that it had bucketed down with rain the previous day. We
got some supplies and went to Ningaloo National Park.
We found a nice spot at Ned’s camp for $6.50
per person per night and we had to pay $5 for the motorbike. Geoff had
left us in Roebourne so we were probably not going to see him again. He
wanted to go to Denham and was going to give Ningaloo a miss.
The camping spot didn’t have any shade which
was a shame. We found some
shade under the trees behind the boundary but a couple of minutes later
Andrew and Ronnie both had a big kangaroo tick on their foot so we
didn’t stay there for long. Ronnie, Andrew and Wendy did some
snorkeling and saw a big turtle. I took photo’s of the beautiful sunset.
The next day we had a very relaxing day at
Turquoise bay, swimming,
snorkeling and sun baking. The last thing wasn‘t so good because Ronnie
and I both forgot to put on some sunscreen on some areas. The back of
my legs were pretty red after snorkeling and Ronnie‘s back was quite
sore, silly Dutchies . . .
The next day was again beautiful and we got up
early to pack up. We
left for Coral Bay. Andrew and Wendy had enough of putting up their
tent so they booked 2 nights in a backpackers hostel. Ronnie and I put
up our tent in the wind. After a couple of minutes the inside of the
tent was covered in very fine sand. It all blew through the mesh and
there was a thick layer on our sleeping bags and everywhere else.
A had a great dinner at one of the restaurants
and Ronnie and I ran
into a friend of ours from Pinjarra. She was holidaying with her kids
and grandkids from Paraburdoo. We had a lovely day the next day, just
relaxing, reading, walking and
We got up at 5.15 on Monday the 13th of October
and packed up our gear.
We took off at 7.00 am and filled up with petrol at Minilya roadhouse.
Took lots of photo’s at the Tropic of Capricorn sign and headed for
Carnarvon. I would love to stop and pinch some bananas, so many banana
farms along the way. We had a big hamburger and a coffee in Carnarvon
and did some shopping.
Another big day ahead and we rode till we came
to the Murchison River
rest area. They had done it up a bit since the last time we were here
in 2002. We are heading more back down south and we could feel it in
that night. I woke up cold and decided to put my thermals on.
The next day we filled up at Geraldton and took
all the back roads
through Mingenew, Three Springs and Moora. It got very hot and some
stretches of roads I found pretty boring or maybe I was just ready to
go back home.
The whole trip we didn’t have any bugs but it
started here, heaps of
them crashed onto our helmets. Ronnie was wearing an open face helmet
so every now and then I heard him yell: “Ouch!” I was laughing my
head off with my visor down.
We had a look at the old monastery in New
Norcia and rode through
Bindoon. It was a bit of a shock to ride through all the Perth traffic
after such a nice holiday but it was good to arrive at Wendy’s house.
We had a beautiful shower and some yummy Thai take away. I slept like a
log in the comfy bed. The next day took us back to Albany.
beautiful and it was good to arrive back home. The next day we were all
wondering why we were here because all it did