June 23, 2013
Distance today = 54.22 km; Total distance = 21,996.52 km; Location = Widgiemooltha (10 km south of) – 31 34.089’ S, 121 36.303′ E; Start time = 0752, Finish time = 1639
The perfect weather continued today – blue skies, a light breeze, and temperatures around 18C. While the traffic was quite heavy between Kalgoorlie and Kambalda yesterday, it was much lighter today as I headed toward Norseman, and the start of the Nullarbor. I estimate an average of about one vehicle per minute.
For more than 500 km, from near Perth to Kalgoorlie, I had the great Coolgardie Water Pipeline to keep me company. Now I have just a road with trees alongside. It’s tranquil, but there’s not much variety in the landscape.
The day was, once again, without incident. I did get to meet a group of older bikies, who were out for a Sunday ride, but, other than that, it was very quiet. We are staying at the classically named Widgiemooltha tonight – essentially a roadhouse with basic accommodation. Once again, the mining boom has pushed up prices beyond what most people would consider reasonable. It’s hitting the budget hard.