Monday 18th April 2011
Day 18 - Miners' Hall of Fame and The Hay St Brothel.
Our warmest night so far, I only pulled on my blanket about 5:30am. Slept until 6:30am, laid in bed till 7am.
Marg was back to her old self, so we planned to leave about 9:30am for the Miners' Hall of Fame, as I was doing the Underground
mine tour commencing at 10:15am. We got there about 9:45am and paid $35 for me, this including all the attractions, plus level 1
underground mine tour, 793C dump truck tour and the gold pour. Marg's cost $20 and included all the attractions, plus the gold pour.
I left Marg at the Cafe area and walked over to the Undergorund Mine Tour area, selected my hard hat. Jim and Richard were our
tour guides and with 4 others, we descended 160feet below the surface, in a 4 man cage. So it took 2 trips for the 7 of us to get to level 1.
Jim did most of the talking and lead us through the tunnels, most areas were quite roomy, but some were quite narrow and about 5 foot high.
As I am 6'4", if did feel abit close, but one of the guys, in the narrow section, freaked a little bit, but he continued, luckily,
after the close bit, it opened into a large area, so he was alright. After an hour the tour finished and I had to find Marg and get
to the 793C truck for the tour, Marg had to take photos of me. I am so photogenic. After my photo shoot, the 793C Truck tour was
over and we walked down to where the gold pour was happening. This was a bit of an anti climax, as all the guy did was heat up some gold and
when it was hot enough, poured it into a crucible. I thought that they may show you how gold is made from that black stuff. BUT it
did say a gold pour and that it exactly what we got.
We went back to the cafe and had some nice sandwiches for lunch and then toured the main building, which had some lovely rocks and many exhibitions.
We finally left after 3 hours and could have spent more time there. Next port of call was the Brothel tour, I wonder if they were giving away any freebies.
As it didn't start until 3pm, we had 2 hours to kill, so we parked in the main street of Kal and walked into the 3 jewellers' shops,
Marg wanted a nice bracelet. Thank God, she didn't find any suitable. All that means, is that we didn't spend any extra money today,
she will eventually find one and will buy it. With still some time to kill, we drove down to the Little Lolly shop in Boulder, then
called into camp, before arriving at the Brothel at 2:45pm.
We parked right out the front and I walked in to check if there were available tickets for today's tour. There was. Goody. I purchased our
tickets ($18 each) and went outside and got Marg out of the car. We were shown to a lounge room with chairs, there was already another couple waiting.
They must be keen. About 3pm, the receptionist started the tour by showing us various size rubber dicks and passing them around so everyone could feel them.
This was to make the 15 of us feel at ease. Thank God, for those internet spam emails about enlarging your penis, because after some of these enlargement, I no
longer feel inadequate.
After our softing up, the madam came in, her name is Carmen and she was a quietly spoken woman. She spoke for approx 1 hour and a bit and showed us four of her rooms.
Both Marg and I enjoyed the tour. It was great fun.
Tomorrow, we leave for Southern Cross.
The Miners' Hall of Fame and the Brothel tours photos here.