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Published: October 6th 2016
Wednesday 21st September 2016
We left fairly early this morning, with the temperature almost being cool enough for a warm top. This didn’t last long, although at no stage during the day were we as hot as we had been. The temperatures are dropping as we head south.
We didn’t stop at Sandfire Roadhouse, which we passed on our way to our destination today, 80 Mile Beach, as we had plenty of fuel and were only driving less than 150kms today. Caravan park fees are exorbitant here compared to other places we have been to with stipulations that you don’t use your washing machines or showers whilst in the camp, you need to use the ones provided.
We booked in for 2 nights and set up camp with Marlene and Chris under several shady trees. We might even stay longer, especially if we can catch some fish.
Eighty Mile Bach is the longest uninterrupted beach in Western Australia and stretches from Cape Missiessy to Cape Keraudren. Unfortunately there are few places where it can be accessed. We have heard that the Pilbara Shire is now discouraging people enjoying
Cape Keraudren by charging outrageous prices to enter. This is such a shame as we have previously enjoyed this spot but won't stop there now.
We went for a walk along the beach just after lunchtime, this coincided with high tide. Lines of people were fishing in the surf and we did see a few fish being caught. We’ll try our hand tomorrow. Thursday 22nd September 2016
Our first activity this morning was a drive along the beach. We let Chris lead the way and followed in his tyre prints. Needless to say a few kilometres up the beach north and sourth was enough.
Tried ringing Mum W. this morning from the public phone to wish her Happy Birthday for her 94th
but with her not hearing too well and the meter eating our coins very quickly it didn’t work too well. Still, she knew it was us, and got the Happy Birthday bit, so we hope she had a good day.
A day of relaxing around the campsite, followed by some fishing in the afternoon (2 threadfin salmon caught) filled the day.
We shared a curry Rags had made previously, with Chris and Marlene, this to be our last meal together as they are moving off first thing in the morning. We have decided to extend for another night so that Judy may download assignments due tomorrow night on Saturday morning before we leave and Rags hopes to catch more fish. Friday 23rd September 2016
We farewelled Chris and Marlene with promises to catch up when we get home.
Today was a relaxing day. The wind became strong in the afternoon and although Rags wasn't thinking positively about the fishing he still wandered down to the beach while Judy was working. He didn't last long though with a report that the wind was off-shore so throwing out the line was almost impossible!
The rest of the day was spent reading and doing a bit of washing.
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