When the next settlement is 1,300 KMS away...........
May 13, 2012
|Kilometer count so far - 1,351 (Norseman)
OK, I have not lost track of time (yet), and I realize it is only 2 days since the last blog. Thing is, I am in Norseman on the edge of the Nullarbor desert and the next spot with internet coverage could be up to 2 weeks away, so thought that I should unload again now. After 2 tough days of 100 KMS each into a strong headwind, this is a good place for a day of rest, especially as my large parcel is at the Post Office, which is closed at the weekend.
The friendly nature of the Australian people continues to make me feel good about life, and especially this trip. In their words, they are a “Bonzer” bunch. I am not eating all the dried food I am carrying (I know for some of you that may be a revelation), as I am being offered coffee, breakfast and even sometimes wine and dinner. The good news is that it is real food, the bad news is that I could have saved 10 LBS on the bike from Perth had I known.
A sincere thank you to all those kind people I have met on the road.
Talking about food, I am off to the Norseman Working Men's Club for dinner tonight.......don't ask.
Things I have learned about Australia since the last blog:
• When the Australians have bug hats on as you pull into camp, you know it’s going to be a tough night.
• When the first sound that greets you as you pull into an outback camp is sledgehammer hitting on tent pegs, there are two things that go through your mind – how do I ask to borrow a hammer in Australian and please oh please let my air mattress inflate.
• People who live in the middle of nowhere are there for a reason.......
• Google map directions for the trip across the Nullarbor from Norseman to Ceduna are as follows:
1. Take the 1st left on to Battery Road
2. Continue onto Pritchard Drive
3. Turn right onto Eyre Highway (National Highway # 1)
4. Drive for 1,183 KMS
5. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit on to Poynton Street and enter Ceduna.
Aussie language test of the week – last week’s word was - BAKED NECKS
And the answer is....................A popular breakfast dish. Others include; emma necks, scremblex and fright shops.
This week’s word – SEMMITCH
So, until next week, or the next time I have internet coverage, whichever is the