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Thursday, 26 April 2012

Gladstone to Perth 4600 km

Well we're ready to go. This posting is done after arrival in Perth. I know you are wondering why I am not doing it daily. This post will explain. :)
Saturday 08.25. Locked the house. Pressed the remote for the garage, remembering to leave the controller inside the door!
08.30. Said our goodbyes to Noel and Wendy, our very good neighbours for the last 12 months. Then it was off. Only 4600 km to go.The car was full, full and fuller.
09.30 saw us completed 30km arriving at Roses house for our first coffee break. At this rate we'll take forever. But there was a good reason for stopping. We had on departing the house emptied it of all our stuff and as you know when moving there is always some good stuff you don't want to throw out. Hence stopping at Rose's. Give it all away and God knows Wanna needed some more space in the front.
09.30 Finally on the road again. Only 4570 km to go. We set our new GPS to Charleville, a distant town in Western Queensland. Planned to head west and then down to the southern highway which goes all the way to Perth. I had discussed with Wanna that we do about 500km a day enjoy the trip. But....
We started driving. No cars. Continued driving no cars. We appeared to be on back roads but the GPS could not be wrong. On and on we continued. 500 km came and went. We looked at each other and decided to  continue. The car comes with cruise control.  So it was like just sitting watching the country unfold in front of us. It was so easy. On and on we went. 1,000km passed and it was dark. We had only stopped for petrol and a meat pie!!! No cars the whole way after dark. We counted 30 kangaroos, live ones that is and lots and lots of road kill. Can't travel in Australia with eating meat pies so another petrol fill up and carry on...
22,00 and still going. 
Sunday 02.00am Tired and low on petrol. Arrived in a place called Cobar. Slept in the car. Done 1,442km only 4,158km to go!!!
Sunday 07.00am. Sun up and off to find our morning meat pies and coffee .You may well ask where is Cobar? Good question. We bought a bumper stick with ' Where the bloody hell is Cbar? New South Wales". Got it in Cobar petrol station before heading off agian. Suspect they are a collectors item as not many are sold outside Cobar. And it is a real one horse town. Very friendly but a long way from anywhere.
Off to Broken Hill and westwards...
Well again to our surprise no cars. The roads were single not dual carriageways which I had expected. On and on with hardly anyone around. Also noted no Roos in the daytime. Again plently of dead ones.
Broken Hill came round very quickly and we pushed on through. Ended up in Nullabor on the eastern side of the Nullabor desert. It was cold and windy. Even had a couple of quick rain showers.
Monday 01.00am Nullabor Road House and sleep again in the car. We had done 1,540km so only 1,718 to go.

Monday 06.30 up and about to view a spectacular coastline. It was cold windy and wet. The Roadhouse coffee was excellent and set us up for a final drive to Perth. This incuded a straight section 145km long! Why the rush I don't know but both of us had decided we just wanted to get there and then get to Thailand. The new job in Perth will give us plenty of time to explore Western Australia in due course. Port Hedland is not the best place in the world to live but it appears to have a lot going for it and plenty of places near by. So more to follow. Enough of the future. We arrived in Perth late Monday evening, well 01.00am Tuesday morning. Now of to do some sight seeing. Sorry not to write more but I just wanted to get this posting out there!
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