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Day 39 - Wednesday 13 June 2012

Albany to Perth

We spent a restless night when the strong winds arrived at about 1:00 am and lasted until about 6:00 am. We also had heavy rain, a thunder storm and hail, but all in all not as bad as last Sunday. David logged on to the internet to check out the Weather Bureau's website - after reading the forecast, checking the rain radar, and looking at the wind maps, we were happy that the winds were easing and it would be safe to drive to Perth. By the time that we left Albany the rain had stopped and the winds were down to about 15 to 20 knots, albeit still gusty.

While we were packing up a TV camerman wandered past with all his gear, and thinking that they might be looking for storm damage, David enquired what channel they were with and what they were doing. It turned out that they had a film crew in the park making an episode for Frankie J Holden's show What's Up Downunder, that screens on Channel 10 on Saturday afternoons and again on Sundays on One HD. The major sponsors for the show are Big4 caravan parks, and Nissan Australia. When they realised that we had a Nissan Navara they asked would David do an interview for the show. Di hid in the caravan while the TV camera was running, but David was happy to sing the praises of Big4 Caravan Parks and the Mighty Nissan Navara, although he had to stand in front of the bent bit to hide the damage.

We eventually got away from Albany at about 10:00 am and tracked almost NNW on a fairly staright run to Perth which was 402 kms away. It was still quite breezy, which did not help with the fuel economy, and with occasional showers. Thankfully all the road trains were going the other way, so we had a fairly uneventual trip. We stopped for a morning coffee at Cranbrook, and stopped again for lunch at Kojonup - cauliflower and bacon soup with a bread roll - yum! In this area there are a lot of places with "up" on the end of the name Narrikup, Porongurup, Kendenup, Kamballup, but best of all was a sign to Muddleup.

The roads were littered with fallen trees and limbs that had fallen out of large trees. Road crews had been out early with chainsaws to get trees off the roads and were still out cleaning up. At a guess there must have been more than a 100 trees uprooted and more than a thousand large trees with limbs on the ground - all in 400 kms!

We eventually arrived at the Big4 Discovery Holiday Park in Perth and booked in for two nights. Today is the coldest day in Perth this year with a top teperature of 17.8 degrees. No photos taken today!

Posted by TwoAces 02:58

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