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Day 71 - Sunday 15 July 2012

Eighty Mile Beach

It is still windy at Eighty Mile Beach today, with an expected maximum of 28 degrees again. We walked up to the shop again for another of their excellent large bread rolls, and to check out the Caravan Park’s shell collection so that we can name all the different types of shells that we have collected. On the way to the shop we passed another Trailblazer 5th wheeler that had arrived the day before. They have been on the road full time for about five years and live in the van full time.

Another Trailblazer at the Park

Another Trailblazer at the Park

Another repair job to be done in Broome is a replacement windscreen as the star chip has now developed into a crack that goes right across the windscreen – not sure whether the cold nights or the hot days caused the deterioration.

After lunch we went and checked out the market again – we bought a replacement anode for our hot water system – but as we do not have the right socket to do the replacement that will have to wait until Broome.

Later we went for a drive on the beach – we turned south and drove for about 10 kms until we came to a rocky headland that prevented us from going any further. The sand is generally fairly hard and easy to navigate, as the tide is fairly low and has been for a few days now.

Di looking for shells - again!

Di looking for shells - again!

Foreshore rocks from the beach

Foreshore rocks from the beach

While we were cooking a lamb roast David went down to the beach for one last photo of a sunset as we are on the road again tomorrow for a week in Broome.

A lonely 4WD watching the Sunset

A lonely 4WD watching the Sunset

Sunset at the beach

Sunset at the beach

So far we have towed the van 8,386 kms on 1,800 litres of diesel at a rate of 21.5 l/100k, or 4.7 kms/l. We seemed to have had mainly headwinds that has increased the fuel usage - next time we will go the other way! We have also travelled an additional 3,000 kms without the van. The van has now travelled 52,000 kms since February 2009, while the Navara has travelled 99,600 kms since December 2007, and will soon be out of its 5 year/100,000 kms warranty. We are nearing the half-way point of our trip on both time and distance.

Posted by TwoAces 06:43

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