- Weather: This is the norm - Started off cold and beautiful (No clouds) finished up warm and beautiful, probably got to low 20°s.
- Wind: 20-40kph with gusts over 60kph.
- Daily distance travelled with fiver: 200 kms. Total towed this trip: 8,010 kms.
- Next G Mobile reception at Point Samson: Yes.
- Next G 'Blue Toaster' reception with or without external aerial: Yes without aerial.
- Telstra WiFi (MF-30) modem: Yes.
I need to relax when staying at Free Camping areas, I was up about 2am, to chain the generator to the fiver, as I forgot too. Wayne the worrier.
As you know, we stayed at a Free Camp last night - Robe River Rest Area. We haven't got our portable 12/240v fridge/freezer setup for Free camping, so I have to run our generator, which makes me feel guilty, as the noise may upset our neighbours. Last night, I did tell our neighbours that I had to run our generator to run my snoring machine (CPAP) and the fridge/freezer, they were happy that I told them. So the generator run for 10 hours on a full tank. I filled it about 6pm and it died about 4:10am, I just happened to be awake, so I laid in bed waiting for it to die. I also thought as the mornings have been cold, the fridge/freezer wouldn't warm up in a few hours of no power and it didn't. I will have to set up the fridge/freezer to run by itself, probably need another battery and somehow be able to charge it. This will be done when we get home, before next year's sojourn.
Ok, back to the rest area, we were NOT first van to leave, probably about the 8th to leave, but we only had 200kms to go, so we were in no hurry. We woke to the norm (Cloudless, blue skies) the wind was building, as it was starting to blow the dust off the gravel. We packed up, which wasn't much, only packing the generator in its storage spot in the front of the fiver.
We left camp at 8:38am (thanks Harry, he is so precise) and headed North, we stopped at 9:52 for a break, I know that it was windy, but didn't realise that it had increased so much, eg: it was a struggle to open the car doors. I comfortably sat on 85kph and the rig was rock solid. I just worked out our fuel economy, it blew out to 21.4 litres per 100kms, my average is 17.2, so the wind cost me an extra $21 for the 200kms. Tough hey!
The scenery along the way was beautiful as usual with a few mines dotted here and there, there were 2 gas operations and a couple of quarries. We stopped at Roebourne for fuel and then drove the final 20kms to The Cove CP at Point Samson. This caravan park is one of the better parks that we have stayed at. The park is setup beautifully and each site has a large slab to park your van on and nice dark gravel to park your car and/or awning. I setup the satellite dish on the gravel behind the mighty Navara.