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Jul 29, 2016 - 40 Mile Beach

Woke up to another fine sunny day, but thankfully much less wind than we have had the last few days. We took the dogs down to the beach for a run after breakfast. The tide was well on its way out and it was possibly almost a kilometre to the actual water line. Ian went for a walk over the tidal flat towards the water line and the dogs went with him-then kept going and going and going as they chased a flock of birds. They went that far that we almost lost sight of them! Just as well there was no-one else around to witness our totally...

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Jul 28, 2016 - Cleaverville to 40 mile beach (about 40k SW of Karratha)

Just as well we packed up our awning and shade panels last night because the wind was howling this morning. It was quite hard to pack the few things we had left-we gave up trying to fold up the apron from our shade room that we use to cover the wheel area of the van and just threw it into the van in the end. We didn't travel far today when we finally hit the road. After stopping at Karratha Information Centre to top up with water we only drove about another 40k to 40 mile beach. It is set up very much like Cleaverville with lots of space...

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Jul 27, 2016 - Cleaverville

Very quiet day today and spent pretty well the same as yesterday. We did drive into Roebourne to do another load of washing and while it was washing, drove up to Woolies in Wickham to pick up some more groceries. If anyone should be wondering if I ever use the washing machine in the van, well the answer is very definitely yes. However, I can only use it when we are connected to power and water such as when we are in a caravan park. Back at camp I had to fight the wind to hang the washing out, but at least it dried quickly! Ian went and...

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Jul 26, 2016 - Cleaverville

Another very pleasant day not doing very much at all. After taking the dogs for a walk I had a restful morning reading. This being able to buy a book while you're sitting in your chair in the sun is definitely the way to go ( though could be dangerous! ). Ian wandered back and forward down to the beach to try some fishing, but the fish have definitely stopped biting. We had a bit of excitement just after lunch when some newcomer to the camp area towing a full sized van decided they were going to camp on the beach just down from us. Ian and...

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Jul 25, 2016 - Cleaverville

This morning we woke up to our usual fine and sunny day. After breakfast we drove to Dampier which is on the Burrup Peninsula and the other side of the bay from Roebourne. First stop was the Red Dog statue which is located in the Information bay as you drive into Dampier. There were a few other people there and ad we waited for our turn to take photos, both Ruby and Chilli started to growl at Red Dog- he must look very life like! We then put the dogs up on the statue to take our photos- then other people started taking photos of our dogs on...

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Jul 24, 2016 - Cleaverville

Woke up to a breezy, dull and slightly wet morning. We decided to put up one of our shade room sides to add to the front one we already had up. The 'shade room' is like a cheap version of an annexe, but we deliberately bought it for its shade protection as we didn't think we really wanted a full annexe. It has 3 walls, each one can be used individually to provide shade for only one side if required. This is how we have used it so far this trip, but today thought we would add one of the side walls to the front (which we already had up), to...

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Jul 23, 2016 - Cleaverville

After taking the dogs for a quick run on the beach we drove out to Roebourne Information Centre to do a load of washing-yes, that's right, the Information Centre to do a load of washing! The Roebourne Information Centre is in the old gaol. There is a lot of history in these parts. It's also an interesting dynamic with 5 small towns in close proximity in what is still pretty remote country. Roebourne is one of the oldest towns which used to support the port (many years ago) of Cossack- mainly as part of the pearling industry. Cossack is now...

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Jul 22, 2016 - Cleaverville

Not a particularly exciting or good day today. Arrived at Nickol Bay Hospital in Karratha just after 10am and was not seen until about 1.30pm. (Unfortunately, ED at public hospital is the only place in town that does plaster-I did try and find an alternative to no avail). The doctor took off my plaster and sent me to xray-all of about 5 minutes. Wait at xray was pretty short, but then I had to go back and wait nearly another hour for doctor to tell me the results. I think Nickol Bay could do with a review of its ED! The doctor was lovely,...

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Jul 21, 2016 - Cleaverville

Very relaxing morning this morning. I pottered around the van whilst Ian went fishing. He came back at about 1pm very pleased with himself! He had caught 4 fish off the beach- 3× spanish mackerel and 1 x blue bone (according to a couple of other guys fishing on the beach near him). We had a bit of a debate about our plans for the rest of the day and finally decided to take the dogs for a walk on the beach about 4pm, then have an early tea before driving out to Cossack to see the Staircase to the Moon again. This all came together as...

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Jul 20, 2016 - Coorinjinna Pool to Cleaverville -about halfway between Roebourne and Karratha

We managed to tear ourselves away from Coorinjinna Pool at about 9.30 and headed about 70 k to Roebourne. We had picked Cleaverville as place to stay because it gave us a couple of options for viewing Staircase to the moon as it is halfway between Roebourne and Karratha -Karratha being a big enough town (I hope) to get my arm reviewed and hopefully plaster removed on Friday. The wrist is feeling better each day, but there is still some pain in the radial area if I over exert, as well as a distinct lack of strength in my right hand. Anyway,...

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Apr 14, 2016 - Thursday April the 14th

Arriving in Karratha the first thing is a caravan park, which we found for $35 a night it was in the industrial park which didn't really matter as the bus was going in to have a wheel alignment in the morning which was just around the corner, we only planned to stay for two nights. Parking the bus under a nice shady tree we unhitched the car and went for a drive into Karratha . We were very impressed it also has FIFO workers however the place seemed more modern than the rest we've seen, a lot of infrastructure, the buildings walls and roofs...

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Apr 13, 2016 - Wednesday 13th April

Another day of driving after filling up with water and petrol, we try and fill when ever we can as water isn't always available out here, what we have learnt is a lot of the big BP stations let you fill up with drinking water which is great. We decided to make it a short day and not travel as far because it was 42 degrees, we didn't want to push the bus to hard,we pulled over in a large free camp called Robe River, if there had of been water in it it would make for a pretty spot but it was as dry as a bone. Mal started the generator and...

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