The only ghosts here are pinching our water!
Trip Start Apr 13, 2011
35Trip End Jul 13, 2011
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Anyway, we started our tourist day with a tour to "The Superpit", where all the goldmining is done, and where Kalgoorlie's vast fortune is being torn from the ground
We headed north shortly after the tour finished. The plan had been to look at Menzies (now a ghost town) and some famous sculptures on nearby Lake Ballard, then to head to Leonora for the night. Somehow, though, time got away with us and we ended up in Menzies for the night. Now this is really only newsworthy because half an hour before realising we could no longer go elsewhere, I had been cruelly taking pictures of the half-built caravan park and taking the piss in a big way. I had to eat humble pie when I ended up pitching my tent here.
The townsfolk are very proud of this new venture, and either Kevin or Julia seems to have paid for it, which is nice
Lake Ballard has been scrapped for the moment, because Paddy's contact at Leonora reckons we'll sink in up to our axels if we try that in the next two days, due to all the unseasonal rain that's been falling everywhere we drive! I'm a bit worried about our old Swedish mate from the trail, as he sailed in there a few minutes before we pulled the pin. He was planning to bush camp, so it will be interesting to see where he ended up camping - on the lake or in the middle of the road!
Sorry, I promised this would be a quick entry, but the weirdest thing has been happening all evening, and I have to mention it. We had already established that Menzies was, indeed, a ghost town, so I was very puzzled when some strange noises disturbed me late in the evening. Turns out the new caravan park is a bit of an attraction for some of the locals, and no, they are not ghosts! A few times now, two different cars full of the local indigenous folk have pulled in to the caravan park, driven to the taps near us, dimmed their driving lights and grabbed some water (presumably in buckets or bottles) before driving out again, not turning their headlights on till they get back to the road. Very strange! They are looking at US as though WE are the ghosts, so it's an eery feeling. Not sure I'll sleep much after all, but I do have some good tips for keeping your home water bill down if you are lucky enough to leave near Menzies!