Looking for gold - or a door handle will do!
Trip Start Apr 13, 2011
35Trip End Jul 13, 2011
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Until we drove out of the gate at Fraser Range, I still thought we were going to Esperance. That's where Paddy's new credit card is headed, but he has obviously started to enjoy being a kept man. We found out this morning whilst feeding the lambs that half of Kalgoorlie was going to be in Esperance for the next fortnight, as we have accidentally arrived here at the start of the WA school holidays. And, although the Easter crowds will be back at work tomorrow, we decided we don't need to share Esperance with a bunch of schoolkids. We weren't planning to swim there, anyway, as it seems most people who try this end up having their toes nibbled by a shark.
So here we are up north in the goldfields. Our first job in the morning is to see whether the Subaru dealer has any spare door handles lying around, as I somehow managed to carelessly rip one off in Ceduna. See tomorrow's entry for that saga. They don't make cars like they used to, not even Subies, as it turns out.
We have hit civilisation again – and I'm not sure I like it. Feels weird, having to observe traffic signals and watch out for people on the road, not to mention all the signs and lights everywhere. I tell you what feels good, though – crunching your teeth into some fresh fruit and veg after four days with food that hasn’t come out of a sachet or a tin. It hasn’t been that long, but for some reason, we feel as if we have been out in the bush for months. So long, in fact, that we have also finally bowed to traveller peer group pressure – well, why else are we lugging a 50-litre fridge around – and have added 30 cans of local beer and 30 cans of Coke to our load. Now we can enjoy a cold, refreshing drink any time we feel like it! Sure beats bore, desal or chlorinated water, which is all we’ve had for ages now. Actually, I have to say that, whilst I am still against the concept of a desal plant for environmental and practical reasons (I believe we should just be more careful with the water we have), the desalinated water from Eucla has actually been quite delicious. Now that Melbourne water is reasonably highly chlorinated, some of these options offer fairly stiff competition (NOT the Kingston water though, we gagged on that).