I'll have a middie

Trip Start Dec 30, 2006
Trip End Jul 27, 2007

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Tuesday, May 22, 2007

I don't think scooters, at least those with 50cc engines, are meant to be used on 300km trips. Not so comfortable. The 60km speed limit imposed by scooty the second and a need for rest stops for my rear along the way meant the 300km trip took almost seven hours. Ouch.

Cervantes is a small fishing village on the coast, in the desert, and the closest town to the Pinnacles - a unique limestone 'forest' created over thousands of years ago.  When settlers first came across this land, they thought they saw the ruins of an ancient civilization.

The Pinnacles are most striking at sunrise and sunset, when light bounces off them and creates some wild images in the desert.  Anyone who knows me knows that visiting during the sunRISE would be out of the question but I did head out late one afternoon to see the area during the sunset.  Apparently the low lying clouds that night meant that the shadows and colours where not as impressive as usual but it was still an interesting stop and rather impressive.

The national park that the pinnacles are located within is very large and is also home to many wildlife like Emu and Kangaroo. I had been looking forward to seeing some Kangaroos but the park ranger said they typically only come out at night when it is cooler and the crowds have thinned out a bit.  No kangaroo sightings at the pinnacles but near the end of my time there I did see some 'roo tracks. The hunt was on!

On the drive back to Cervantes after sunset (17kms from the park entrance near the town to the actual Pinnacles site takes about 20 minutes on the scooter). I was scooting along by myself on the desolate road and all of a sudden a 'roo jumped about 20 meters in front of the scooter. Very cool. The kangaroo jumped across the road and I stopped the scooter and he (or she - I wasn't that close) just stood there...I think the scooter noise was keeping the interest cause when I turned it off he started hopping away. By then I had got my camera out but the picture came up black...as in total black, cause it was after sunset in the desert.

Another, smaller kangaroo jumped across the road by me.  This one was very close but I don't know enough about Kangaroos so despite it being really close I didn't try to approach it.  Basically, my knowledge of Kangaroos comes for the movie Kangaroo Jack, and in that movie - the kangaroo can box, kick peoples ass and rap.  I wasn't in the mood for a rappin' 'roo so I stayed where I was until he bounded off.  When I looked out into the desert I saw probably 10 kangaroos jumping away from different places. Very tranquil and quiet...then a car came by and I realized how cold I was and how much further I had to ride before I was back in Cervantes.
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