Mar 26 – It’s 8PM and 38c in Fowlers Bay SA – camped on the edge of a dust storm all day – a real storm with dust clouds from horizon to horizon, rising hundreds of meters into the air! Luckily the camp is by the sea or we would have been right in the middle of the dust cloud. The van was full of grit when it finally stopped. Not a happy camper tonight, but I’m almost clean again after shaking, sweeping and cussing. Sleeping will be TOUGH tonight, but a change in wind direction is forecast and tomorrow the predicted high is 23! Got my new fan out again. All part of the experience.
Some fantastic sand dunes here – climbed up early morning to take a couple of shots – surreal.
SPAM for dinner last night and tonight it will be left over SPAM – remember the SPAM and eggs, SPAM and bacon, SPAM and bacon and eggs, SPAM and toast … SPAM, SPAM, SPAM … – love those guys.
Mar 27 – At last I’m here and it doesn’t disappoint – flat, dry, endless and yes, there are no trees! The highway crosses only a small corner of the plain – most of it is to the north, but I got a good taste. The expanse of the place is impossible to capture with a point and shoot. The sun shines here 364 days a year – I got the cloudy one, with a fine rain/mist that evaporated as it hit the ground.
Mar 28 – Drove across the 90 mile straight road without a bend, and that’s not exaggerating – “are we there yet”? Driving through this country I realized hey, those aren’t bushes, they’re emu(s?) – 2 big ones by the side of the road, but they look like bushes when they have their heads to the ground eating. Soon after, I passed a small herd(?) of camels, 4 or 5 of them 30 meters off the road – you wouldn’t want to run into any of those guys!
Glenn, here’s one for you and it doesn’t snow here! This guy was flying by at 110k/hour.
Mar 29/30 – Camped in Kalgoorlie WA and visited the “Super Pit”. They extract about 850,000 ounces of gold every year. It’s the biggest open-pit gold mine in the country. Standing on the edge looking down is ‘mind boggling’. $$$$$.
Apr 1 – I’m sitting in a park in Esperance and may stay and just enjoy the region for a time. I’ve left the desert and semi-arid country behind for now. The sand on the beaches here is pure white and squeaks as you walk on it. Met a French Canadian kid here who’s cycled from Sydney on his way to Perth, then home to Montreal in time to see Les Canadiens win the cup!!!
… and on to Perth, km by km …