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Day 25 - Wednesday 30 May 2012

Kalgoorlie to Esperance

Up early this morning to a clear blue sky and a temperature of 9 degrees. We packed up, emtied the holding tanks and were on our way by 9:45 am. Our track today was almost due south and for a change we had a tail wind. Our trip today was 384 kms to Esperance via Norseman.

384 Kms to Esperance

384 Kms to Esperance

There was not a great deal of traffic and our trip was generally uneventful, although just before we got to Norseman we came on a truck on fire on the side of the road. The truck had been towing a wide load with a large tracked excavator on the trailer. We could see black smoke billowing into the air as we approached. By the time we got there the excavator had been unloaded and reversed back up the road, while the prime mover had been uncoupled and moved down the road. The tyres on the trailer were on fire and there seemed little that the driver could do other than control the traffic. As we drove on Police and fire service vehicles from Norseman went past to deal with the fire.

We stopped for fuel in Norseman, called at the IGA for some bread for lunch, and stopped at the newsagent for papers. We stopped for lunch at the Brockway Rest Area about 15 kms south of Norseman.

We have been facinated by the Salmon Gums that are very common in the areas to the south and south-east of Kalgoorlie. Apparently the colour of the bark is a very deep salmon pink in summer and it gradually fades to grey by the winter.

A large Salmon Gum

A large Salmon Gum

Still More Salmon Gums

Still More Salmon Gums

For the rest of our trip the road was generally straight, we still had our tail wind, and the traffic was still light. We eventually arrived at the Esperance Seafront Caravan Park at about 3:30 pm, and were given a site at the front of the park with a view of the water. We had covered 387 kms today and with a tail wind the fuel economy should be good. Turned out to be 18.2 l/100k from Kalgoorlie to Norseman, and 16.3 l/100km from Norseman to Esperance. What a difference a tail wind makes!

Esperance Seafront Caravan Park

Esperance Seafront Caravan Park

All set up at Esperance

All set up at Esperance

Esperance Bay from our site

Esperance Bay from our site

Posted by TwoAces 05:33

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