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Day 21 - Saturday 26 May 2012

Bunda Cliffs Lookout to Baxter Rest Area

We awoke at Bunda Cliffs to find the rig marooned in a large pool of water as it had rained heavily during the night. While loading up ready to move on I managed to drop my camera in the water, but was able to pluck it out of the water before it got too wet - I dried it off quickly and it seems to have survived. We had another big day of 459 kms as we headed for the Baxter Rest area in Western Australia.

First stop was a Scenic Lookout just short Border Village. The weather remained bleak with heavy overcast and freqent showers.

Looking East from the scenic lookout near Border Village

Looking East from the scenic lookout near Border Village

Looking West from a scenic lookout near Border Village

Looking West from a scenic lookout near Border Village

At the Border Village we were relieved of our honey supplies, having already disposed of our fresh fruit and vegetables. The Border Village Quarantine Station is located at the WA border and caravans are given particular attention with all cupboards being opened and inspected. By the way Border Village consists of a BP Roadhouse and the Quarantine Station and not much else.

Stopped at Border Village Quarantine Station

Stopped at Border Village Quarantine Station

First stop after the border was the Mundrabilla Roadhouse for fuel and a coffee. Mundrabilla has a pet cemetery, but also a telling message for dog owners.

A delivery van at Mundrabilla

A delivery van at Mundrabilla

Mundrabilla Pet Cemetery

Mundrabilla Pet Cemetery

Friday the Show Dog

Friday the Show Dog

Dino the Merino

Dino the Merino

A message for dog owners

A message for dog owners

When we left Mundrabilla Di took the wheel of rig for the first time and drove the rig for more than 100 kilometres.

Di in charge

Di in charge

A sign at the Border had reminded us that the only Doctor between Ceduna and Norseman is the Flying Doctor and we saw several emergency landing strips marked on the roadway for the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

Royal Flying Doctor Service emergency airstrip

Royal Flying Doctor Service emergency airstrip

After stopping again for fuel at Caiguna we headed across the 90 Mile Straight - the longest stretch of straight raod in the world.

Eastern end of the 90 Mile Straight

Eastern end of the 90 Mile Straight

About 60 kilometres into the 90 Mile Staight we stopped at the Baxter Rest Area for our second night of free camping. There were about 10 vans at the rest area for the night.

Camped at Baxter rest area

Camped at Baxter rest area

Just after dark 2 road trains arrived and began unloading a fork lift and an excavator, in preparation for unloading the equipment to replace the toilet facilities. Thankfully OH&S issues finally got the better and they gave up for the night.

We shared a campfire with 2 Victorian couples that were at Port Lincoln, and the Bunda Cliffs Lookout. They are doing much the same trip as us but expect to be moving a little faster than us.

Posted by TwoAces 05:24

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