"Rain, rain, rain, a little sun, rain, rain...!"

Trip Start Oct 04, 2004
Trip End Ongoing

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Tuesday, June 7, 2005

With the weather taking a serious turn for the worse, we decided to leave the creature comforts of Perth and head North to the town of Broome, a mere 3500 kms away!

Ever since we had arrived in Australia, we had been planning to head up north for my birthday, choosing rather to spend it in the heat and sun, than in the wet and cold down south. Broome, with an average rain fall of just 5mm in June, sounded perfect.

After driving the best part of 5000kms in the past month, you'll forgive us for not wanting to drive a further 3500 up north! After the success of the Kiwi Experience in NZ, we decided to join a similar tour, a company called Easyrider - or Sleazyrider, as its better known! Although quite expensive (everything is more expensive on the west), we wanted to be able to relax whilst we traveled, and hopefully meet some 'lovely' people (sleazyrider remember)!

So on a very wet, early morning we met our driver Enzo, and boarded the bus to leave Perth. Annoyingly, we were in such a rush we left all our food behind - something we didn't realise till later, when we got hungry!

The first thing we noticed was the ratio of men to women on the bus, 5 men and 17 women! If we couldn't pull on this journey then there was something definitely wrong with us!

As with the Kiwi Experience, the first day was spent not talking to anybody on the bus - a shame really as we had a good 10 hours of driving ahead! Fortunately we stopped a couple of times, most notably at 'The Pinnacles' to take some photos of the amazing limestone structures. Strangely the weather improved dramatically whilst we were walking around the desert/national park, but rapidly changed back to pouring rain as soon as we stepped back onto the bus, changing everyone's new found happiness back to their original depressed state.

And sadly that's how everyone felt for the next 3 days. The rain fell continuously until we reached Coral Bay, a further 1000km north of Perth. Having all the planned activities like sand boarding, abseiling and canyon walking cancelled because of the weather, didn't help the cause.

To rub salt into our wounds, it even rained at Monkey Mia, where the dolphins come into shore for their daily feeding. Usually you can sit with them in the sea in your swimming costume, but as you could see from the photos, it was so cold everyone was kitted out in trousers and winter jackets! At least Dan was happy; he was one of the lucky ones that got picked to feed the dolphins! Apparently "a life changing" experience... hmmm?

Even if the weather was bad, at least we were making friends with the others on the bus. A mix of nationalities, we had Dutch, Italian, British of course, French and strangely 5 friendly (not moody and arrogant like usual) Germans! Usually people jump on and off the bus at each stop, making it hard to make friends, but because of the rain, no one wanted to stop, we all had one thing in mind, get to Broome... it's always sunny up there...

Joke of the day

What's the difference between Aussies and pigs?

Pigs don't turn into Aussies when they drink.

What's the difference between an Australian and a computer?

You only have to punch information into a computer once.

Why do birds fly upside down over Australia?

It's not worth shitting on.

Why was the Christ child not born in Australia?

You'd have a job finding three wise men, much less a virgin!!
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