Sunday 19th June 2011
Day 80 - Eighty Mile Beach to Broome - 375 kms.
Yesterday, I had a runny nose, last night I put the heater on my snoring machime (CPAP)and this morning I feel better. It was still cold overnight, but I
had my sleepingbag on, so I was snug as a bug in a rug.
I have started to pack up, while Marg is laying in bed watching 'Sunday Sunrise'. She will be getting up soon.
My next report should be from Broome, sometime later this afternoon. After we drive the 9kms on the gravel road back to the sealed highway.
Ok, we left Eighty Mile CP at 8:17am and drove the 9kms of gravel road with corrugations, stopped just at the North West Coastal hwy junction and
I went and checked inside the fiver. A few things had bounced around and the plate rack was just about to crash to the floor, from its location
on the bench. It's amazing how different the bitumen highway is to a corrugated road, we are so used to things just staying where they are put.
Thank God, we don't drive on many unsealed roads. So, are checking inside, we turned left and started heading in a northerly direction.
Our first stop was at Sandfire Roadhouse, where we topped up with diesel at 9:05am, as we pulled out from the Roadhouse, a Road Train also was
leaving so I radioed him to go first, as he would pass us later on. As it turned out the wind had slowed him enough, that I passed him, we
had a good chat until close to the next rest area, where we parted ways. Next stop was at a rest area at 10:19 and about 93kms away. On our way
to our next stop, we passed our truckie friend, stopped in a rest area, who had his curtains closed, so I didn't toot him, just in case he was asleep. Our final stop was at
another rest area at 12:00 and about 148kms away and only 80kms from Broome. We arrived at the Cable Beach CP at 1:16pm.
The Cable Beach Caravan Park is huge, it has approx 550 sites, it has shady trees everywhere, in fact, we have not put our awning up, as there
is no need for it. The sites will fit a van, awning and vehicle side by side, but most people park the car across the front of the site.
Even with all the shady trees, I still managed to setup the Sat dish. I was talking to our neighours (John and Patty from Torquay, Vic) and
they were telling me about the bikepaths along here, so feeling guilty that I haven't even removed the bike from the fiver, I took it down
and oiled it and pumped up the tyres.
Tomorrow, I plan to go for a ride. We will probably do some food shopping.
Broome photos here.