Kalgoorlie - Cocklebiddy
22.01.2012 39 °C
For the first time on this trip neither of us slept very well. After waking very early and tossing and turning for a while we fell back asleep and woke at 7:30. We had planned to leave at 7...
Again, it was already hot when we left. We stopped to view the super pit in Kalgoorlie-Boulder. It is huge! It is about 3.5 by 1.5 km and operates 24 hours a day every day of the year.
We stopped at Norseman for fuel and drinks, and from there we were retracing our route of 3 weeks ago.
Our next leg took us to Balladonia.
The Balladonia Roadhouse
We caught the edge of a shower which cooled us down a little but not for long. Even though I'd been making sure I had plenty to drink I was really thirsty and drank about 1 1/2 litres at this stop. We had lunch and a good break.
Our next stint took us over the 90 mile straight and I had my least favourite run of the whole trip. First my iPod froze a short time in so I had no music to sing along to. Then the arm of my jacket was flapping furiously in the wind and slapping about 20 times a second against the inside of my upper arm. After 150km it was really hurting and at the end of the day I had a big red welt to show for it.
We had a short stop at Caiguna, where I regained my disposition, then decided to go another 65km to Cocklebiddy for the night. We camped there and enjoyed a lovely mild evening with a beautiful sunset.
Camping at Cocklebiddy
Sunset at Cocklebiddy
We discovered that while there were no flies or mosquitos to contend with there were mice everywhere! They would run away as soon as the torch light disturbed them, but once it was dark and we were bedded down in the tent we could hear them scurrying around outside...
Today's distance: 629km