Day 42

Trip Start Sep 23, 2012
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of Australia  , Western Australia,
Saturday, November 3, 2012

We tried for an early start to get on the road and out of the town. Departing the site proved to be the most difficult on the trip so far because of the conditions I highlighted yesterday. Also actually leaving town was a challenge because of limited signage, roadworks galore and the co pilot's map reading skills. We may have went in a circle once or twice.
Chloe and I went for a morning walk and saw the staircase to the sun rather than the moon as in Broome. We also discovered that many other towns in the region claim the staircase to the moon phenomenon.
In another morning highlight or lowlight Kelli was repeatedly attacked by bird on the way to and from the toilet block. Apparently, it actually waited for her to come out again. Chloe and I heard a loud scream and saw Kelli running with the offending bird not far behind. Caravan parks are very dangerous places!
Our first stop was Karratha tourist info centre to find out where the Red Dog statue in Dampier was. Both towns appeared to slaves to mining and Red Dog appears a pleasant distraction from this fact.
We drove all day until we reached the Nanutarra Roadhouse a tiny speck on the map but a welcome sight with Terry Territory needing more petrol and after some 600 kilometres of solid driving. Our location took some work to find on Google maps. Luckily, during the day I had ABC WA radio sport on to keep me awake but I think everyone fell asleep at some stage.
The Roadhouse had about 10 sites for weary travellers and was mere $25 a night for the four of us. The showers were ok but the ladies' toilets and showers had been made male toilets by way of a photocopy on the door. Any female travellers only had the use of the disabled toilet. At 5pm we found out why the conversion had taken place. The miners came home from work with only one female worker present and in need of a shower. Being a Saturday and with everyone showering at the same time it was like a scene from the Paul Kelly song "It's Only 40 Miles to a Saturday Night."
We were excited to see a sign advertising Ningaloo Reef as it made the beach seem a whole lot closer.
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Lauren on

Poor Kel with the bird she would have hated it!!

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