Day 451 of retirement

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Hi All

Monday 3rdSeptember 2018:

Quiet morning in Halls Creek. Very quiet in fact as there isn’t much in Halls Creek.

We did go for a drive to China Wall (15km round trip on the dirt), which is a rock formation a bit like the Great Wall of China. It is made up of white quartz and stands out in the red desert.

It is hot up here so spent the afternoon under the aircon planning our return to the Philippines as in looking at budgeting options for our house (playing with costs and size). Scary stuff given that we will be back in the Philippines in 2 months.

Tuesday 4thSeptember 2018:

Left Halls Creek for Kununurra via Turkey Creek. (360km).

Turkey Creek is halfway and it was here that we took a 45 minute helicopter ride over the Bungle Bungles NP.

The view was stunningly awesome. BUT it was a bit bumpy so we both were glad to get our feet back on hard ground after 45 minutes. Would I do it again? No. It felt like a boat ride in the sky and you all know I LOVE boat rides.

Arrived in Kununurra and got our “beach side” cabin right on the lake. Awesome spot for the next 5 days.

Wednesday 5thSeptember 2018:

Today we did a tour of Lake Argyle (a boat ride) which is classified as an inland sea due to its size. The water was like glass so all good for the boat ride.

Lake Argyle is Western Australia’s largest and Australia’s second largest freshwater man-made reservoir by volume. The reservoir is part of the Ord River Irrigation Scheme and is located near the East Kimberley town of Kununurra. It covers an area of 1,000 km square.
When full it holds 19 Sydney Harbours of water. At the moment capacity is at 17 Sydney Harbours.
All that water to spare. If only we could pipe it south.

Thursday 6thSeptember 2018:

Did a tour today on the Ord River (also known as Lake Kununurra). We caught the boat in front of our cabin and did the up and back trip (Kununurra to Lake Argyle Dam & back (110km round trip)). Awesome tour and Dylan our skipper/guide was fantastic on his history of the area as he grew up in Kununurra.

Friday 7thSeptember 2018:

Got up early ish today and did 3 short walks in the Mirima NP (Hidden Valley). No birds Lyn Alcock as just too hot.
Awesome little gorge right on the edge of town.

Back home by 11:00 am as it is just too hot in the midday sun.

Saturday 8thSeptember 2018:

Rest day today. Guy got the washing done and I washed and cleaned the mighty Mazda. Mel Browne no matter how much I jet blasted, red dust just keeps seeping out from everywhere.
5 days driving in front of us to get to Uluru (2,200km). Staying for 5 nights and exploring the rock.

Sunday 9thSeptember 2018:

Left Kununurra for Katherine (520km & 6 hours). Arriving in Katherine today completed our round Australia tour as the green line on the map joins here. Departed WA and now in the NT. Oohhh got to put clocks forward by 1.5hours as well.

The mighty Mazda gave us a scare today. I fueled up at the Timber Creek Roadhouse and for the last 280km she started to run very rough. Thought it mighty be some dirty fuel so refueled in Katherine. No change.

Will go see a mechanic tomorrow morning and see what’s going on.

Life is good.

Trevor & Guy



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