Day 319 of retirement

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Hi All

Monday 23rdApril:

Time to repack our gear and load it into the car. Off to Port Augusta tomorrow then the Nullarbor on Wednesday. Got some long kilometres to travel over the next week.

Tuesday 24thApril:

Left Port Willunga for Port Augusta (360km & 4 hours). Rained quite heavily as we passed through Adelaide but fined up as we headed north.

Nice smooth trip and arrived mid afternoon. Grabbed some late lunch and a few supplies then back to our cabin for an afternoon nap.

Wednesday 25thApril:

Left Port Augusta for Ceduna (480km & 6 hours with a few stops). Had a good smooth run with little traffic. In Ceduna for two nights and catching up with cousins tomorrow as my Dad was from this area.

Thursday 26thApril:

Went for a bit of a drive today exploring the surrounds of Ceduna.

For dinner we caught up with my cousin Kevin and his wife Sue. Caught up on 40+ years of family history. Been that long since I was last in Ceduna. Had a really really great night with them.

Also ran into Peter Treloar the local Member of Parliament. Peter is from Cummins (where I grew up) and the last time I saw him he was knee high to a grasshopper. I also worked with his dad Brian when he was a councillor in the local council and I worked there. Small world.

Friday 27thApril:

Left Ceduna for Border Village on the SA/WA border (550km & 8 hours (lots of stops).

First stop was The Church on the Hill outside Denial Bay. This old Lutheran Church has been restored by the locals but more importantly it is where my Dad grew up. Standing in the old church I could just see him in the pews.

Also visited the graves of my Grandma Ross (nee Kloeden) who I can still remember. I visited “Uncle Wally” as well. Uncle Wally is actually my cousin but we always knew him as Uncle Wally. Uncle Wally and my Dad used to get up to a bit of mischief in their day.

The old church grounds felt good knowing the history of my Dad growing up there.

Found Kloeden Road and stopped for a pic.

Next stop was Penong and the windmill display. Windmills of all shapes and sizes are on display including one of the biggest in Australia. Very impressive.

We drive into the Head of Bight where the whale watching happens from the cliff tops when in season. No whales at the moment.

Stopped at Nullarbor for lunch and checked out the Nullarbor Links the world’s longest golf course.

Nullarbor Links is an 18-hole par 73 golf course, said to be “the World’s Longest Golf course”, situated along 1,365 kilometres of the Eyre Highway along the southern coast of Australia in two states notably crossing the Nullarbor Plain at the head of the Great Australian Bight.

Nullarbor Roadhouse is a Par 5 – 538m long. The whole course stretches from Kalgoorlie in WA over the Nullarbor to Ceduna in SA.

Also had three stops at lookouts along the Bight.

Saturday 28thApril:

Left Border Village (SA) for Cocklebiddy (WA) (290km & 4 hours).

When you leave SA and enter WA you have go through quarantine, as you can’t bring fresh produce into WA because of fruit fly in SA and other eastern states. We ate all our fruits and thought we were okay with what we had left.

As it turned out our commercially dried bananas (from the Adelaide Central Market) were a no go so we gave up 2.5 packets of dried bananas. Damn.

Made a couple of stops along the way and cruised into Cocklebiddy early afternoon for a great good old country lunch.

Sunday 29thApril:

Left Cocklebiddy for Fraser Range station (320km & 4 hours). This is an old sheep station which is now a cattle station and is set back off the highway.

Had a couple of stops for local attractions and a nice smooth run through.

We settled into the “Overseer’s Cottage” and loved it so much we booked another night.

Enjoyed a home cooked meal (fish & chips + desserts) by the station folk.

Monday 30thApril:

Off on a nice long hike this morning before it gets too hot this afternoon.

We hiked up to the summit of the local “mountain” range then looped back round behind the ridgeline. Stunning country and had perfect hiking conditions. Not too hot and a nice wind blowing to keep the flies away.

Back for a shower, light lunch, siesta and another station home cooked meal for dinner.

Tuesday 1stMay:

Left Fraser Range Station for Kalgoorlie (300km & 3.5hours) via Norseman. Nice easy run with no traffic.

Our cabin was ready when we arrived at midday so were able to unload the car. Then off downtown to the Kalgoorlie Boulder Information Centre. We booked two tours being for the gold mine and the town tour.

Got some supplies and back to the room where Guy cooked up a very nice Sinigang veggie / chicken broth.

Spent the afternoon resting and catching up on blog stuff as we now have 4G internet at last. Only 3G across the Nullarbor.

Life is good.

Trevor & Guy

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