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NORSEMAN, WESTERN AUSTRALIA … 7TH OCTOBER ’04 …

Left Norseman early (for me) … 08:00 and did a good days work travelling over 1,000 km to Nullarbor Roadhouse, South Australia.

Just press the Cruise Control and steer!

* Just press the Cruise Control and steer! Beware of `Roos! *

There's plenty of warning?

* There are plenty of warnings? And your attention-span is tested to the Max! *

Did the last 150 Km in the dark and this should be a no-no in this part of the world, without a Roo-guard, due to the kangaroo hazard.  (A Roo-guard is a very sturdy tubular steel/aluminium frame bolted the front end of a vehicle to help reduce/eliminate the substantial damage done to a vehicle when a collision with a kangaroo occurs.  Trucks have `Bull-bars’ for protection against larger animals).   Didn’t see a single `live roo’ and only noticed a few corpses!  

Cliffs (looking West) along the `Great Australian Bight'

* Cliffs along the `Great Australian Bight ... looking West. A stunning site and just a few metres off the Eyre Hwy. *

Cliffs along the Great Australian Bight

* Cliffs along the Great Australian Bight ... looking East! *

The following words and photos are pinched from “FrogandToads, Australia” article.

The Nullarbor Plain

“Crossing the Nullarbor Plain is undoubtedly one of Australia’s great touring experiences. From the point where the Eyre Highway begins its stretch across the Nullarbor at Ceduda, it’s a 1208 kilometre journey before it reaches another real town of any size (see Norseman in Outback, Western Australia). The only signs of civilisation on the long passages of perfectly straight road are a series of roadhouses, providing fuel, essential services, food, and generally both camping and motel styles of accommodation. The largest gap is about 200 kilometres, so motorcyclists may need to carry extra fuel. Travellers should also be aware of wandering kangaroos, wombats and emus (especially at dawn or dusk), enormous road trains, and the many time changes which occur along the way.

Ten kilometres west from where the Flinders Highway merges with the Eyre Highway, the town of Ceduna is the eastern gateway to the Nullarbor Plain. Geared around the steady stream of tourists travelling to or from Western Australia, the town offers a good range of modest accommodation as well as a number a pubs which dish up hearty meals. If you arrive here during the day, you can seek relaxation on the good fishing and swimming beaches around the sandy coves of Murat Bay. “

Nullabor Roadhouse ... Nothing flash, but, an Oasis-in-the-Desert

* Nullabor Roadhouse ... Nothing flash, but, an Oasis-in-the-Desert *

“The Nullarbor Roadhouse is last stop before the 200 kilometre stretch, west, to the Western Australian border. From here the Eyre Highway travels right by the coast and through the Nullarbor National Park. Although the park consists entirely of desert, a series of lookouts (just off the highway) allow breathtaking views over the dark blue waters of the Bight, and the spectacular eighty metre decent of the Bunda Cliffs. Don’t make the mistake of driving straight by, as the scenery here makes the Nullarbor journey worthwhile in itself. (For information on the Western Australian side of the Nullarbor, see Outback, W.A.)”

Nullarbor Roadhouse ... Nothing flash, not cheap, but, an Oasis-in-the-Desert

* Nullarbor Roadhouse ... Nothing flash, but, after a day at the wheel, very welcoming. *

 

 

 

 

Arrived at roadhouse at approximately 20:00 and was lucky enough to get a room for AU$80.00.  Had previously been offered a `Budget Room’ at Eucla for AU$25.00.  The only problem was, you could not swing a cat in it, had a lousy bed … and was full of moths.  Received my $25 back from a very snooty little lass. 

Spoke to a 56 year old woman at Madura Roadhouse, who had just cycled into the Motel.  She is riding with a group of 6-8 cyclists who are crossing Australia.  Wish I had half their stamina.  They had ridden from Balladonia that day … a very healthy 310 kilometre ride. 

Fuel got up to AU$1.43/litre at Madura and luckily I didn’t need to buy any.  Paid  AU$1.40/litre at Caiguna! 

Mercedes pointing East ... still a long way to go!

* Mercedes pointing East ... still a long way to go! *

Received a call from Cousin Yvonne, as I was passing Eucla and I only had time to tell her where I was … before the mobile ‘phone connection disengaged.

Will try to make Adelaide … and the Fowlers, tomorrow.  John was my Best Man at our Wedding in Perth, WA. in 1964! 

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