Tuesday, September 23, 2014

All Change??

As you may have noticed I've been a bit unmotivated at updating this blog recently. It's been 6 years since I originally started and 4 years since restarting it in late 2009.

It remains to be seen where I'll go from here but it feels like time for a change of direction —WHERE, HOW or WHEN I'm not sure but when things clarify will let you know here.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Tasmania ahoy!

We travelled on The Spirit of Tasmania 1 a roll-on/roll-off passenger and freight ferry with a displacement weight of almost 30,000 tonnes and a length of 194.3 metres. The 429 kilometre trip across Bass Strait takes around 10 hours at a cruising speed of 27 knots (50km per hour) and I usually take a night crossing so most of the time is spent asleep!

This was Levi's first trip "overseas" and he approached it in his usual nonchalant but curious manner.
No cage jails for this little fella - it was luxury all the way on the Spirit of Tasmania as he reclined on his/my bed.

We departed Melbourne at 7.30pm and arrived in Devonport at 6.30am after a smooth crossing apart from the usual rough patch as the ship goes through "the heads" of Port Philip Bay.


Monday, September 16, 2013

Nullarbor Ho! (again)

The Eyre Highway starts at Norseman  — a small town that's your last chance to fill up with fuel at a reasonable cost. The next reasonably priced fuel is at Ceduna in South Australia, a distance of 1,200 kms.  Eucla, just over the SA/WA border, is probably the best bet for fuel on the Nullarbor itself.

This was Levi's first long trip and first time leaving his birth state of Western Australia. He handled it all with his usual enthusiasm and acceptance of whatever comes his way.

There are many free camping spots along the Eyre Highway - some have toilets and dump points and I usually try and stay in these. The main reason for using them is they are usually slightly cleaner than those without — less toilet paper around!

There are some magnificent spots along the cliffs just after the SA/WA border with spectacular views over the Great Australian Bight and, between June and October, the Southern Right Whales breed and give birth here

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Southern Ocean Road — Hopetoun to Esperance

As well as keeping close to the Great Australian Bight the other reason for travelling the Southern Ocean and Springdale Roads was the abundance of wildflowers in this uninhabited area of WA with it's many nature reserves and small lakes.

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Friday, September 13, 2013

Last few days in WA

After a very quick trip through Esperance which is the first place I've ever encountered with "No caravan or motorhome parking" signs (I was so shocked forgot to take a photo). It wasn't only that you couldn't camp there — they were actually forbidding PARKING!!

In the end I did actually park in that carpark as it was the only large open parking area that had room for a big vehicle AND it was completely empty, apart from a food van. I had to pick up a parcel at the Post Office, otherwise wouldn't have stopped. Needless to say I was all prepared to have a long discussion with the local council if by any chance someone had actually booked me … unfortunately, in a way, on my return there weren't any pink slips on the windscreen.

Friends had told me about a gravel pit parking spot about 10kms north of Esperance which I ended up spending the night at. There was a lovely local man (in his 80's) spending a few nights there to see how he went motorhoming on his own after his wife's death 3 weeks before — he was a typical retired farmer, although he and his wife had obviously been extremely close he was pragmatically getting on with his life and love of the great outdoors.

Travelling further north the next day we camped (on the farmer's recommendation) at Bromus Dam, just south of Norseman. Because of the recent rain the dam had overflowed and so we had a lovely water view from our camp.

This is an enormous camping area, part of the Great Western Woodlands, well treed and with quite a few wildflowers.

Levi found a special treasure at Bromus Dam and of course had to bury it = brown nose