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Final Notes - Days 26 -27

Paynes Find down to Beverley and then Busselton

Up to the gentle sounds of dripping water as we'd had rain throughout the night. Today was a leisurely trip down the back road to Beverley to stay the night with a mate. We've not done this section of the road before as we've usually been in a hurry to get elsewhere so this was seen as 'adventuring' as we used to tell the kids way back when.
The Maranalgo road from Paynes Find took us though some great country with plenty of salt lakes and lots of very red mud. Because of the rain the night before we slewed our way down the road holding our breath as we glided through the rather narrow boundary grid gates and wondered if our adventuring would result in a mishap. The alternative would of course been just a lot more dust in the car. 20180722_102622.jpg20180722_101517.jpg20180722_094917.jpg
On reaching the wheat, canola field belts we were lucky to see an echidna making its way across the road oblivious to attempt to get that right photo. It is always a delight to see these animals in the wild.20180722_114405.jpg
Our trip also passed though the tiny wheat town of Meckering which is renowned for the earthquake it had experienced in 1968. This quake destroyed, amongst many other structures, a farmhouse named "Salisbury" which is preserved in its ruined state. We stopped off to check the ruins out and also to see the fault line. This fault line pops up around the surrounding area but if it wasn't signposted we'd be none the wiser. 20180722_145849.jpg20180722_150053.jpg20180722_150025.jpg20180722_145910.jpg
We finally arrived in Beverley without mishap and after a spending a delightful time with our mate on his couple of acres with hot running shower, comfortable bed and a mean steak at the cafe, we made tracks back to Busselton the next day. We knew we were back down south as we travelled through the morning mist to Collie where we stopped off at our usual place for the huge hamburger with the lot.20180724_094517.jpg
This trip provided us with an opportunity to check out our new camper trailer and see what punishment it could take. Unlike our previous set up ( Hilux with a more simple camper) which we took to some of the more challenging places in the Kimberley, this trailer may be a tad more precious. It is certainly heavier and because it is more complex, more can go wrong. As far as problems, we had one shockie give way; our electronic roof assembling gadget we assumed went flat and we had to overide it; the fly has to be modified so that we don't wake up the surrounding sleepers; and the water pump needs a good silencer. However on the plus side, I can now get into the bed without having to climb a ladder and swing myself over sleeping husband or worse attempt the reverse without plummeting to the floor! It is lovely to just pull out the kitchen and fridge and take out food from a sliding cupboard rather than heft myself up onto the back of the hilux... We very much glamped our way around the Pilbara.
In the next month or so we'll be roaming around the Aurora Ranges in search of wildflowers and the like. Hopefully we'll have fixed up all these minor problems and look at tad more experienced in this glamping style of camping. We know at least to make sure we remove our shackles!

Posted by Toot'speak 21:04 Tagged paynes find; echinda; meekatharra;

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