Fuel at Last

Trip Start Jul 08, 2008
Trip End Sep 11, 2008

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Roadhouse Campground

Flag of Australia  , Western Australia,
Friday, July 11, 2008

Leaving early and arriving at Meekathara around 9.30 in the morning we found that this rather nice town turned out to be an  interesting rest stop and we took time to look around the roadside museum of old mining machinery and vehicles.

A short walk through the park alongside the Meekatharra Creek got the blood moving in our legs again.  After talking to a worker from the Met Office who told us it would be wise to keep our tank full as he had come across a few service stations on his travels that were short of fuel. Just as well we filled up there as after nearly 300kms to Kumarina, the next roadhouse and fuel stop, with not another building in sight, we found they had run out of both petrol and diesel and the carparking area was full of caravanners  filling their cars from their Jerry cans!  After another one and half hours,we reached the Capricorn  Roadhouse which was swarming with road trains filling their huge fuel tanks. Before entering the campsite we were so eager to fill our near empty tank, that Mike did the unforgiveable and got our caravan well and truly stuck between a pole and the pumps but with some help from other travellers who moved their vehicles well out of our way and some clever driving by Mike, our van came out unscathed. We were now well north of the 26th Parallel and sitting on the Tropic of Capricorn and we  found a nice grassy site in the caravan park behind the roadhouse and started to set up for the night.  It was 4pm by the time we sat outside for a cup of tea and relaxation, listening to the road trains coming and going.  We decided then that after having had three one night stops, our next stop would be for the weekend at the beautiful Karajini National Park, the next place up the Great Northern Highway, 350kms from Newman - if we could get into a caravan park.
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