Esperance - Albany
06.01.2012 29 °C
We woke to clear blue skies and it was pleasantly warm. We did the Ocean Road Tourist Drive – a 40km circuit around the bays and bluffs around Esperance. We saw Twilight Beach, where the water was a beautiful blue colour, Pink Lake(not very pink at the moment!) and the wind farm on the bluff as we rode the great winding road.
The Pink Lake
As we left Esperance and headed for Ravensthorpe it was rather blustery, giving our neck muscles a good workout.
The scenery looked rather like Tassie’s midlands only greener. There were swarms of insects around the shrubs and a smell of honey. There were wildflowers growing beside the road. We also encountered swarms of grasshoppers (I lost count of how many times we had to clean our visors!)
We pulled in at Munglinup to stretch our legs. There we met a German guy riding a Piaggio Vespa 300cc scooter. It had been shipped over from Germany and he was riding it across Australia. His Vespa was inscribed with its nickname: “My Little Coffee Bean” so named because of its colour.
The German rider with his little coffee bean!
After lunch in Ravensthorpe we stopped at the meridian line which forms the baseline for correct Western standard time (Perth time is actually 16.6 minutes behind this.)
Marker on the Meridian line
Inscription on the meridian marker
Riding in the wind was quite hard work. Strong gusts threw us around constantly. We were exhausted by the time we reached Albany. We booked into a lovely campsite in Emu Beach for 2 nights. We stocked up on food and had a BBQ for dinner, then retreated to the tent as it started to rain.
Today’s distance: 523km