The Wild West

Trip Start Jan 16, 2008
Trip End Nov 2008

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Dodgy Backpackers

Flag of Australia  , Western Australia,
Friday, July 18, 2008

We took a dirt road to Kalgoorlie, 300km on a dead straight dirt road with a whole lot of nothing. We enjoyed the desert scenery and experienced the real outback. We got to see a few dried up salt lakes on the way up to Kalgoorlie. The road was empty; we only saw 3 other cars for the entire trip!! One of them was a road train; a huge yoke with 3 trailers on the back. We saw him coming from about ten minutes out and it was really moving. We decided to pull over and thank god, these guys stop for nothing especially a tiny little car like ours!!
Kalgoorlie was a real rough and ready Wild West town, full of gold miners and people come from all over to work in the pits for the good money on offer. We couldn't get accommodation as they had a shutdown in effect at the local smelt and the town was full of workers who were rebuilding the furnace and all hotels were booked. We managed to get a room at a manky backpackers place..yuk but the girl at reception was really nice and gave us a brand new set of bed clothes and duvet.
The town is known for its gold mines and its skimpy girls but the mayor had just introduced a ban on it. We meet some Irish lads and they took us out for the night and we got to see some of the skimpy girls at the Wild West Saloon. Apparently the girls serving at the bar were wearing more clothes than usual...don't know but it looked good to us, even more as the night went on as many of the few items they were wearing also came off. Happy days!
We visited the Super pit; the biggest gold mine in Australia. We got there just in time for a blast. In the distance we could see the 2 million dollar super trucks that carry out the stones containing the gold for processing. They look like toys in the pictures, but they are huge, the tyres alone are massive each one costing $30,000! We continued our tour of the goldfields by visiting the hall of fame where Salud tried panning for gold, no luck though. We saw a gold pouring demonstration and went underground to an old mine. The lift to go down was so tiny you could only squeeze 4 people in it at a time, not a nice experience if you are afraid of small spaces.
We ended our outback trip by visiting a ghost town. It was quite sad to see how a town can simply fade away to nothing. All that was left were the street names and 3 tombs at the cemetery.
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