Sat 13th – Nullarbor to Fowler’’s Bay
Oh what a day! As soon as we were up this morning, the caravaners came over and asked if we could park WAIT AND SEE out the front of the Roadhouse, as some of them had seen us at Kalgoorlie and hadn’t got a photo. So WAIT AND SEE had their photo shoot, and off we went. First stop was the Head of the Bight, and we were at the boom gate – in order – ready for the opening up. Down the dirt road and what a time we had. Today they said there were 56 whales, most with calves, about 50m off the cliff, rolling and frollicking in the swell. We had a really good view of them and couldn’t drag ourselves away. The Head of the Bight has different shorelines, with sheer cliffs on the western side, and sand dunes on the eastern side - these are moving inland at a rate of 11 metres a year.
Bill got WAIT AND SEE into another photo shoot at the Head of the Bight entrance – Steve the manager of the Head of the Bight concern, after talking to Bill, allowed us to park them out the front on the roadway. This allowed many people to take photos and talk to us about the Bradfords. The kids just love them, and many people had photos taken of themselves sitting in the driver’s seat.
Back on the Eyre Highway and more sightseeing. Yalata Roadhouse is now shut down, so we had a wonderful lunch in the bush at the Dog Fence. Barry entertained himself by robbing the hubcap graveyard either side of the Dog Fence grid, and decorated a tree with about 15 hubcaps. So now the Eyre Highway has a Hubcap Tree.
On the Fowlers Bay Road we diverted to the ruins of Fowlers Bay Run, and wandered around the ruins. The ruins cover a large area, and they must have been a wonderful group of buildings. They stand on a rise above a dry lake bed, and have a 360 view of the surrounding plain. It was at this time that a wind storm hit us, and we drove the rest of the way to Fowlers Bay amidst swirling sand blown off the giant sand dunes. Our hopes of camping were put on hold, as everything was covered in sand and we could barely stand up in the wind. So tonight we stay in luxury in large 2-bedroom cabins - Ollie is watching the football after doing his usual clothes washing tasks, Robert has come over from his cabin to calculate with Barry the fuel usage, Rosalie is watching TV, Bill is cooking dinner, and I’m charging batteries and on the laptop.
The Bradfords are doing really well. We lost two door straps in the sand storm, as the doors were whipped out of our hands and the straps were snapped in two. And after the dirt roads we have been on today, there will be some checking and tightening of bolts etc tomorrow morning.
At Nundroo, the mileage that WAIT AND SEE had travelled was 1,666.25miles (2,666.60km). We have done several side trips, so the mileage will be different from the roadbook. The average fuel consumption so far is: WAIT 32.17mpg, AND 34.27mpg, and SEE 29.58mpg. The Bradfords and their crew are holding up well, although some of the crew is wind and sun burnt. Today we were hot travelling in the Bradfords, and we thought we wouldn’t want to be travelling the Eyre Highway any later than the middle of September.
Cheers , Susan