Trip Start Mar 27, 2006
Trip End Dec 03, 2006

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Thursday, July 20, 2006

The distances between places are so vast in this country that by the chance I actually come around to updating this blog thing I forget everything I've done in between. The lack of photos are due to all these internet connections being so slow that it would be quicker for me to print them out and send them home by post by the time I've uploaded them all. Will get around to it one day though. As for now just to let you know what we've been up to since I last wrote on here.

Basically when we left Coral Bay on Sunday we headed to Karajini, a national park in north Australia on the recommendation of some guy whose tour we were going to go on in Coral Bay but didn't bother in the end. Drove pretty much all day Sunday and ended up having to stop at nightfall in a little mining town just outside the park. When I say just outside I mean about 100km. We spent the night in some gravel car park by the side of the road without the usual hassle we get from people moaning about us being too loud or the local ranger informing us we're not allowed to camp by the side of the road.

We got into Karajini on Monday and found the only camp site in the area full up (which conveniently got full just as we arrived) so we had to stay in some gravel patch which they called the overflow campsite. It was basically a bush. That was quite a slow day with absolutely nothing to do in the middle of nowhere. The next day we were up by 8am and went on a tour around the park with a guy called Jeff who's been working there 6 years doing the same tour. He was quite a legend and if we met more aussies like him we probably would have a different (better) impression of Australians. It was mind blowing seeing all the canyons and terrain in the park and reminds you of just how small we are. What was even more impressive was that there was a 71 year old lady in our tour group who was driving around Australia on her own! Just goes to show its never too late to do what you want. She managed to do everything else the rest of us did including climbing parts of the canyon's through freezing cold spring water. If I can do half of what she did if I reach that age I'd be happy. Infact when we had to come out of the last canyon of the day I'm pretty sure I was holding her up at the back of the group which was quite worrying when a 71 year old lady is fitter than me. Still, well done to her!

On Wednesday we did the most driving we've done in a day so far. We left the roadhouse (petrol station) just outside Karajini at 10am and drove nonstop until we reached Broome at about 6pm covering almost 900km (600 miles). No incidents with Kangaroos this time, saw a couple of dead cows and a few emu's though. Last night when we arrived in Broome we went to watch Pirates of the Caribbean 2 in the first cinema we've come across since leaving Perth. Broome is also the biggest place we've stayed since leaving Perth with a population of about 14,000. It is supposed to have one of the best 5 beaches in the world. Haven't had a chance to spend any time on it yet. We ended up pulling up in the suburbs last night to try and sleep. We were woken up at 6am by two rangers with nothing better to do than harass three guys fast asleep minding their own business. They informed us we're not allowed to sleep in our own van on a piece of land no one is using and have to pay to use a campsite even though the whole point of having a campervan is so we don't have to pay to stay places every night. I never really understood what a ranger's job actually involved before but now I realise they are lower in the food chain than traffic wardens who cause hassle for law-abiding citizens just trying to get a nights sleep. I mean who the hell drives around at 6am knocking on campervans incase there's someone fast asleep inside. GET A PROPER JOB like a lolly pop lady or something and leave us alone!

Anyway one good thing at being up at that ridiculously early hour was that we were up in time to go to on a tour around the crocodile farm so we did that this morning which was cool.

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emmablondie on

On the road again...
Hi boys! Glad you're still going! I'm quite impressed by how much land you've covered, i thought it would take you way longer! But please stop slagging off Aussies, you're getting me worried about moving down there. :-)
There must be a way around the camper van situation... maybe you should ask arsy Darcy, i think he and his brother drove down the east coast in a van. Only ten days to go before i leave Kago and go up to Tokyo!!
Love Emma xx

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