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July 2012

Day 73 - Tuesday 17 July 2012

Broome

Another great day in Broome with a forecast temperatures of 15 to 28 degrees. Our first task this morning was to ring our insurer Ken Tame (CMCA Insurance Scheme) to see what our vehicle insurance policy covered in the way of a new windscreen, as our windscreen is cracked nearly all the way across. David was told that stone chip repairs were not covered, but a windscreen replacement was covered subject to a $100 excess. Novus and Windscreens O'Brien will both do the repairs and bill Ken Tame directly, and no insurance claim form is required.

As the low fuel warning indicator had come on as we arrived at the caravan park yesterday, our first stop this morning was a Woolies/Caltex outlet for diesel. Second stop was the local Novus Windscreens outlet (Windscreens O'Brien are not represented in Broome) , to book the Navara in for a new windscreen. Luckily they have Nissan Navara windscreens in stock and could do the repair first thing on Thursday.

Next stop was Bunnings to buy a 1 1/16 inch socket, had to make do with 27 mm, to replace the anode in our gas hot water heater. We also bought a few washers and screws to repair a roller in our awning that helps when rolling up the awning. We had not realised that it was broken until it fell out as we set up the awning yesterday.

We went to the Paspaley Shopping Centre to visit the Post Office and collect our mail - not much mail had been redirected so we are finally getting on top of our snail mail and converting most of it to electronic mail. Across the road we visited the local drive through BWS outlet for a re-supply. Most of the customers were in taxis as they do not own their own cars. I thought that I had done well in steering Di away from the Paspaley Pearls outlet.

We visited the Visitors Centre for info on tourist activities available in Broome and in the Kimberleys. The Visitors Centre is located next door to a pearl outlet "The Courthouse Collection" and Di could not help herself and made a purchase.

After lunch we visited the Boulevard Shopping Centre that has a Woolies supermarket for supplies as it had been about 10 days since we had been inside a supermarket of any size. Di made an appointment for a hair cut so we will be back in the morning while the Navara is being serviced. While we were at the Shopping Centre we ran into Nick and Christine Tall who were also doing a bit of shopping. They are also in Broome until next Monday so we will catch up again before they leave.

They have travelled through the Kimberleys from Kunanurra, and will head for Barn Hill after they leave Broome as the continue on their way south. We hope to get some info on their recent travels as we will continue through the Kimberleys to Kunanurra and Katherine before heading to Darwin for a couple of weeks.

No photos today.

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Day 72 - Monday 16 July 2012

Eighty Mile Beach to Broome

We awoke this morning to a temperature of 20 degrees - That was the overnight minimum Frosty - not the maximum. The forecast for Broome today is a maximum of 31 degrees. Before we finalised our pack up this morning we had to help out our neighbours who come from Warrnambool in Victoria because they had been on their site for nearly 2 weeks without starting their car, and they had a flat battery. David provided some heavy duty jumper leads that helped solve their problem.

We packed up and got away from the caravan park at about 9:10 am after a visit to the dump point. We had the 10 kms trip of red dust and corrugations on the way back out to the highway where we turned north for Broome - today's trip was 370 kms. We are pleased with the seals around the van as we had no red dust inside the van after the trip out on the corrugated dusty road. We stopped about 40 kms up the highway at the Sandfire Roadhouse for a fuel top-up as there is no fuel until the Roebuck Roadhouse just outside Broome. We also had a morning coffee before moving on. We stopped at a rest area after another 2 hours for a lunch break.

Sandfire Roadhouse

Sandfire Roadhouse

We arrived at the Broome Caravan Park at about 2:20 pm and were allocated site 152 for 7 days. The site must be one of the most difficult in the park as David had to back the van at an angle between 2 trees to postion the van onto the double slab site. It took us about an hour and a half to do a full set-up for our stay in Broome. At 4:00 pm David decided that a chilled refresher was in order and settled down in the shade. It was 31 degrees when we arrived, but by 4:00 pm it was down to a more pleasant 28 degrees.

Di relaxing in the shade at Broome Caravan Park

Di relaxing in the shade at Broome Caravan Park

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Day 71 - Sunday 15 July 2012

Eighty Mile Beach

It is still windy at Eighty Mile Beach today, with an expected maximum of 28 degrees again. We walked up to the shop again for another of their excellent large bread rolls, and to check out the Caravan Park’s shell collection so that we can name all the different types of shells that we have collected. On the way to the shop we passed another Trailblazer 5th wheeler that had arrived the day before. They have been on the road full time for about five years and live in the van full time.

Another Trailblazer at the Park

Another Trailblazer at the Park

Another repair job to be done in Broome is a replacement windscreen as the star chip has now developed into a crack that goes right across the windscreen – not sure whether the cold nights or the hot days caused the deterioration.

After lunch we went and checked out the market again – we bought a replacement anode for our hot water system – but as we do not have the right socket to do the replacement that will have to wait until Broome.

Later we went for a drive on the beach – we turned south and drove for about 10 kms until we came to a rocky headland that prevented us from going any further. The sand is generally fairly hard and easy to navigate, as the tide is fairly low and has been for a few days now.

Di looking for shells - again!

Di looking for shells - again!

Foreshore rocks from the beach

Foreshore rocks from the beach

While we were cooking a lamb roast David went down to the beach for one last photo of a sunset as we are on the road again tomorrow for a week in Broome.

A lonely 4WD watching the Sunset

A lonely 4WD watching the Sunset

Sunset at the beach

Sunset at the beach

So far we have towed the van 8,386 kms on 1,800 litres of diesel at a rate of 21.5 l/100k, or 4.7 kms/l. We seemed to have had mainly headwinds that has increased the fuel usage - next time we will go the other way! We have also travelled an additional 3,000 kms without the van. The van has now travelled 52,000 kms since February 2009, while the Navara has travelled 99,600 kms since December 2007, and will soon be out of its 5 year/100,000 kms warranty. We are nearing the half-way point of our trip on both time and distance.

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Day 70 - Saturday 14 July 2012

Eighty Mile Beach

We had another windy day at Eighty Mile Beach with 14 degrees overnight and a forecast of 28 degrees again. We had a lazy breakfast of eggs and bacon this morning.

We walked to the shop for freshly baked bread rolls for our lunch. After lunch we went for a long walk on the beach to collect shells – only about 20 people on the beach today as it was low tide.

The Eighty Mile Beach area was a rich pearling ground in the late 19th century, but at a high cost in lives. In April 1887 24 pearling schooners and luggers were destroyed in a cyclone with the bodies of 130 sailors and divers being washed ashore, one of the schooners was named Osprey.

Back at the caravan we washed our shell collection then walked back to the shop again for ice-creams. On the way back to the van we stopped for a while to watch the concert on the oval – they had a good sized audience, and raised almost $2,800 for the Royal Flying Doctor service.

Di with the old generator (oops!)

Di with the old generator (oops!)

The audience at the Concert

The audience at the Concert

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Day 69 - Friday 13 July 2012

Eighty Mile Beach

It was 18 degrees and very windy this morning with a forecast maximum of 29 degrees. As it was too windy for the beach, we went up to the shop and bought some Sudoku and Crossword books to keep us occupied for the day. We also bought a freshly baked large bread roll which we shared for lunch. We must stop having a double ice-cream in the afternoon – not good for us – must stop but very tempting.

We spent the day out of the wind doing sudokus and crosswords, and enjoying the sun while we tried to think of something to do. At 4:30pm we finally thought of something to do – Happy Hour!

No photos today.

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