Perth - Kalgoorlie
21.01.2012 38 °C
We said our goodbyes and left at about 8am. It was already 30 degrees!
As we were getting to the outskirts of Perth we came to a convoy of oversized trucks. So wide they took up 2 lanes, we were stuck behind them along with numerous cars. At times we were crawling along at just 15kmh... It was about 10 minutes before we could get past, and we only managed it because we were on motorcycles and thus narrow. I felt sorry for all the cars.
Our first stop was at Northam. Well, just coming into the town, as Glenn was pulled over by the cops for not coming to a complete stop at a stop sign. Luckily he got off with a warning. We had iced coffees and a break from the heat at a local cafe.
As we rode eastward the clouds started to develop and darken. We stopped in Merridan for lunch and then departed quite quickly hoping to stay ahead of the storms we could see approaching. Thunder was rumbling ominously in the distance. We stopped at Tammin for fuel. By now the wind was whipping up the dust and a storm looked imminent, so we decided it might be prudent to take shelter.
We took refuge under a carport at the servo and watched the lightning. We had a few sprinkles of rain but seemed to be missing the storm, and we were wasting traveling time. Then we saw the oversize convoy pulling in (their first stop probably and we'd had 3.) We didn't relish the thought of getting stuck behind them again so we decided to don our wet weather gear and keep going.
No sooner had we left and we were in the rain. The temperature dropped to a glorious 23 degrees and we stayed dry! The rain didn't last long and we were getting hot again and had to stop to remove our liners. We reached Kalgoorlie at around 7pm and we were exhausted. Hard walls tonight!
Today's distance: 607km