Published: April 12th 2011April 13th 2011
Several months ago I was blown away by the events that unfolded when I returned to the road after months of work (boo!!). I spent 8 months of 2010 in Broome (Western Australia) and will spend an amount of time there in 2011 unless I either win lotto or someone gives me a house. I had a great plan upon departure which was crumpled after 3 days when I was in Karratha and it was akin to a tragedy and after I picked myself up after a half hour bottomless cup of coffee a beautiful korean girl came on to the scene to ensure my worries were behind me. The initial brief conversation was quick and concise.
"Are you travelling through?" I asked knowing full well that she indeed was.
"Yes I have a Greyhound bus ticket and I'm waiting for the bus to come." she replied.
"Do you like the Greyhound bus?"
"I'm getting a bit lonely"
"I'm leaving town now and you are welcome to come with me if you want."
There may have - and probably were - a few more words spoken during that conversation but that saw a drive in to the darkness begin.
Stopped at a level crossing not far out of Karratha.
I left Karratha with my new passanger and drove off in to the sunset. I have included a photo (taken by her) to prove that the sun was indeed setting when we left Karratha and were waiting at a level crossing for a train to pass. That was the beginning of a fantastic week and I was in Perth for less than a week before leaving for Adelaide where I had a great time and then went to Victoria where I was offered work in various parts of the state and I was in and out of Melbourne and you may be thinking that I am in a hurry to get through this by my long sentences. Yes, lots happened and it was really cool. So by the time I had done these jobs in Victoria I started having car problems. I'm getting old and I don't like problems of any kind so I was very grumpy most of the time and finally decided to get over to Tasmania where I would be able to have the car in bits for a period of time if I needed to. I didn't need to and I was able to fix the
At the lighthouse in Exmouth. This is an incredible spot which is elevated and offers great views of the ocean. I have a photo that demonstrates that but I can't be bothered uploading it.
car with minimal fuss and so now I am here at my dad's place in Tasmania enjoying life and goats. Yes, goats. Goat products as well. Goat milk coffee is a favourite of mine. So that is it up until now but in a week or two I'm taking the Spirit of Tasmania back to Melbourne and I have a feeling lots of cool stuff is going to happen next month. I look forward to it.
There are more photos below