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Thursday, January 01, 2009
The Home Run
We got away from Esperance at 7am, pretty much as planned with
the time zone difference this was 8.30am in SA time so we were
behind the 8 ball from the get-go
About 2 hours later we pulled into Norseman which is the western end of the
Nullarbor crossing, the town has created a wonderful memorial to the Afghan
cameleers who came through here in the 1800's and early 1900's to supply
the needs of the rapidly growing goldfields around Kalgoorlie (the richest
goldfield in the world).
The camels shown here are 3 dimentional and clad with corrugated iron.
Leaving Norseman and heading due East the "TomTom" showed that the next
turn we would take was 1176 kms away, it also estimated, among other things,
that our arrival at Wudinna would be at 2.46am new years day.
With this cheerful news absorbed we hit the long and amazinly straight track, it
contains the worlds longest straight stretch of 90 miles (140 klm) without a bend
Among the other things to be wary of, as well as other motorists, there are feral
camels, the almost indestructable wombat, and kangaroo's somtimes encountered
by the thousands but on this trip a grand total of 0, in places our other national
emblem the emu can also be a hazard.
About 380kms out the road drops about 500 feet onto a flat plateau at Caiguna,
you travel about 250kms on this level before climbing back up at Eucla.
There is a low range alongside the road for most of this distance.
I have mentioned before that the mind plays funny tricks when it is bemused by
long distance travels, here a bottle tree has been created at the roads edge.
Not to be outdone others have ceated a boot/shoe/sneaker tree nearby.
Climbing onto the upper level at Eucla which is located in WA near the border of SA.
The much photographed signpost at Eucla shows distances to most other
parts of Australia
Starting at Norseman and showing the stopovers as far as Eucla, these stopovers
consist of a service station, roadhouse/cafe, and in most cases a few fairly basic
motel units, Baledonia, caiguna, and Eucla all have a bit more extensive facilities.
There is still another 500 kms to complete the crossing then another 250kms to Wudinna.
I have been using a new hair product that has produced an amazing change in a
short time, I am receiving compliments like... "nice head of hair you have there
mate" quite regularly, its nice when people notice isn't it.
I think I may have already mentioned that the road goes on forever?
We at last are nearly at that turnoff which was 1176 kms away at Norseman,
The reading here is 800 metres not klms, our ETA has been adjusted back
to 1.44am, we actually arrived at wudinna at 1.14am having wished one
another a Happy New Year in the car while traveling.
Hope you enjoyed the trip with us... it was nice to have you along.
Happy New Year.