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Day 63 - Saturday 7 July 2012

Coral Bay to Robe River

Up early this morning to pack up for our next move. Another fine sunny day with a clear blue sky - its getting boring! We will be free camping for a few days until we get to the Eighty Mile Beach Caravan Park, where we will spend a few days until we can take up our booking in Broome on Monday 16 July. We may not have Next G coverage between here and Broome if we are free camping so reports may be a bit intermittent.

We got away from the Coral Bay Caravan Park at about 9:45 am and headed north towards Exmouth before turning east to rejoin the North West Coastal Highway. On the first stage going north towards Exmouth we were stopped at roadworks for about 10 minutes. The lollipop man wanted to chat so we found out that they were a Downer EDI Works crew laying a few kilometres of slurry seal on the road surface. Some of the crew were staying at Coral Bay, but the rest were staying back at the Manilya Roadhouse and driving up each day, about 90 kms.

Out on the North West Coastal Highway were were stopped again for 5-10 minutes where another road crew were widening the road and sealing the new edges.There was not much traffic going our way no doubt due to a fatal road accident on the highway just north of Carnarvon. We heard that the road south may be closed all day - apparently a car had been hit by a truck.

We had originally planned to stop at the Barradale Rest Area but were not too impressed with the surroundings so dicided to press on for other options just north of the Nanutarra Roadhouse.

We stopped for fuel at the Nanutarra Roadhouse which is undergoing redevelopment - they had no electronic connection from the diesel pumps to the office and had a man writing little chits for drivers to take to the office to pay. When he saw that we were from Tassie he said that Tassie drivers had to pay double. David said that he could see that as the price was 189.5 cent per litre - he replied what do you expect in the middle of nowhere.

Just before we got to the Robe River Rest Area we passed near to the Robe River Mesa A mine owned by Rio Tinto. They were carrying out major road works incluing a large bridge over what appeared to be the formation for a new railway line.

There are about 15-20 vans drawn up for the night, we are on the edge of the area and have the generator out, the satellite dish deployed and with fairly good Next G reception, are quite comfortable watching Essendon and St Kilda on TV and updating the blog on the internet.

Robe River Bridge

Robe River Bridge

Set up at Robe River Rest Area

Set up at Robe River Rest Area

Sunset at Robe River

Sunset at Robe River

Posted by TwoAces 04:13

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Hi David and Di,
Last year at Nanutarra Roadhouse, the guy had to a;so write down the amount of diesel, so not much has changed in 12 months.
Isn't Robe River a nice spot? Last year I met one of my former workmates there, who had blown up his 4WD and was stranded there for 3 weeks.
I was surprised that NextG was available there.
Keep safe and healthy.
Frosty (Your Trailblazer twin),

by snowman3195

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