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Day 49 - Saturday 23 June 2012

Perth to Cervantes

Another cold night - 2.2 degrees in Perth overnight. When we were packing up we lifted the front of the van to hitch up and a lot of water ran off the back of the van along with a large sheet of ice. Before we left Perth we made another trip to the Post Office looking for our latest mail consignment - to no avail. We arranged for the mail item to be forwarded on to Carnarvon as we expect to be there the week after next - this will allow a couple of more days for the envelope to turn up, then a couple of more days to be on-forwarded to Carnarvon.

We eventually got away from the caravan park by 10:10 am and headed north on the Tonkin Highway, then west on the Reid Highway, until we turned north on the Mitchell Freeway. After passing Yanchep and Two Rocks we joined the Indian Ocean Drive, which was completed in 2010 to connect Perth with Lancelin, Cervantes and the coastal communities to the north. We stopped for a morning coffee at the small fishing town of Lancelin. The roads in WA are generally very good and we have been very impressed with the ease of moving about as traffic flows very well.

Di at the beach at Lancelin

Di at the beach at Lancelin

Lancelin seafront

Lancelin seafront

Our rig parked at Lancelin

Our rig parked at Lancelin

Di has decided that she likes the new bullbar that was fitted in Perth. The new bullbars have plastic wrap-arounds rather than being all alloy. For Frosty's benefit Di does not think that it needs to be painted.

Di with the new bullbar

Di with the new bullbar

Sand dunes between Lancelin and Cerventes

Sand dunes between Lancelin and Cerventes

We arrived at the Cevantes Caravan Park at about 1:30 pm and booked in for 2 nights. Cervantes is a small lobster fishing town, and is named after a ship that was wrecked on a nearby island - the ship "Cervantes" being named after Miguel de Cervantes, the author of Don Quixote. As we are only staying here for two nights we did not bother with the awning or the mats and did a minimal set-up. After setting up we went for a walk around town, then a short drive to explore the rest of the town.

Beach front at Cerventes

Beach front at Cerventes

Cerventes near the beach

Cerventes near the beach

Di at Thirsty Point - recent storm damage

Di at Thirsty Point - recent storm damage

Looking north from Thirsty Point at Cervantes

Looking north from Thirsty Point at Cervantes

Thirsty Point

Thirsty Point

TV reception is not all that good here, we have 5 ABC digital channels and 6 very fuzzy analogue channels. We got out the satellite dish but there were too many trees to get a good signal, so we packed it away again. Back at the van Di put her feet up - David did not!

Di relaxing back at the van - David used to have a recliner!

Di relaxing back at the van - David used to have a recliner!

We decided to walk around to the local Tavern for a meal - we both had scotch fillet steak with vegies - overpriced and not all that inspiring. Given the number of customers at the Tavern on a Saturday night, I would give Tuesday a miss. But then it is winter!

Posted by TwoAces 06:31

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I'm not sure why you've gone all that way to try to avoid the cold weather at home!

by cmbjgoseeoz

We're wondering if MaMa has driven the van since you crossed the Nullarbor? Has there been too many corners since the 90 Mile Straight'? x M & co.

by cmbjgoseeoz

Yes she has - and a few corners as well!!!!

by TwoAces

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