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.

PS Just enough reception to post this blog, but not enough to upload the Garmin data. That will have to wait until tomorrow.