Sunday 23 March 2008, Ceduna. (Easter)
Having been at Ceduna now for a few days and had discussions with K and A we have now finally decided that our trip to WA is all go. I think that decision was actually made quite a while ago, otherwise we may not actually be here, but we did say all along that we would give ourselves until now to change our minds if we were going to. This trip does mean that we will be in WA for in excess of 12 months, if our plans all come together, so it does mean that we will have to fly back to Melbourne at Christmas, as we would not be able to miss out on that family reunion. It also means being in reasonable isolation from the rest of the family for a fair while so it would be nice to know that nothing untoward is going to happen to make us have to make un-scheduled trips home, especially from remote areas of which we will be spending a fair bit of time in.
Now being in a remote area of sorts I find we are now having to use the satellite TV system I purchased last year and am now learning a bit more about it. I have also been prompted to write a document on satellite dish tuning to complement the other info I have posted on the web site, and with what I am learning now I feel confident enough to be able to do so. It should be posted in the near future.
Wednesday 19th March 2008 Ceduna.
We are now at basically the last town before entering WA. We travelled about 100K today to Ceduna, see map, which is about 5-600K from the actual border, but there are no towns as such in that distance. We intend being here for a week over Easter to see out that holiday period and then on to WA. Kay and Adrian, our travel companions, have now met up with us having arrived here yesterday and are all for heading west, so as far as we can see it is now all go.
Tuesday 18th March 2008, Streaky Bay.
After 2 or 3 weeks of sweltering heat it has finally turned cool with a southerly change. Isn’t it typical though, that we are due to move tomorrow, which means packing up today, and it is threatening to rain. In fact we had a few spits this morning so we panicked and packed up the annexe before it did. Now would you believe it has fined up again and does not look like raining, but we are now packed and don’t have to worry.
Tomorrow will be our final trip, to Ceduna, before the last chance we have given ourselves to change our mind about going west, but I doubt if we have any other ideas now other than keep going. Adrian and Kay are now at Port Augusta and intend travelling to Ceduna tomorrow to meet up with us so all is looking good for continuing on.
It occurred to me this morning that I haven’t done my usual thing and walked the township taking photos, but I have been putting it off due to the heat and the fact that there are road working teams re-sealing most of the roads about town that would detract from making decent shots. I may give it a go this afternoon if I get the chance, otherwise it will now have to wait until we come back on our return trip.
I finally got my web site published in the Caravan and Motorhome magazine with a story I sent them about TV reception, and it is rather inviting to see that people are now accessing the site. I have already had quite a few queries about the site and the TV information I have posted on it, so it is now starting to look as though it was all worth the effort.
Monday 17th March 2008, Streaky Bay.
We went for another drive today to Cape Bauer, not far away, in fact on the other side of the bay that Streaky Bay is situated. The coastline is still much the same as elsewhere we have seen recently, quite spectacular, but this time with a little difference. This section has blow holes, although the weather and tides were wrong for us to see them in action, and an attraction called ‘The Whispering Rocks’. This consisted of a section of the cliff that has several small holes in the top leading down to the roof of a large cavern in the base of the cliff. When the waves crash into the cavern the wall of water forces the trapped air up the holes causing a whispering Whooshing sound. The difference between these holes and a blow hole is that these holes are on a cliff face too high for the water to be forced up, and this makes these a spectacle of their own. When we found the actual holes, there were several of them, and stood in a spot with the holes surrounding us the sound was something to behold, with the holes being of various sizes, from about 4 inches across to about 6-8 inches across, the sound from each hole was slightly different and the end result was a remarkable surround sound effect.
We are now wondering what we are in for when crossing the Nullarbor, as this type coastline is apparently consistent all the way across. We have so far been suitably impressed with what we have seen, so what will the remainder have to offer?
Friday 14th March 2008, Streaky Bay.
We went for a drive around some of the coastline to the south of Streaky Bay today, and are still awe-inspired with the cliffs of the coastline, if it is going to be like this all the way across the Nullarbor one could possibly start to get bored with the scenery. This may seem a strange thing to say, but it has happened before with repeated scenery, I have said before that “I am beached out