Goodbye Jess and co
30.06.2012 - 30.06.2012
It's 7:10am and we've been on the road for about 15 minutes. We're zipping along right beside the sea looking out at some small waves breaking onto rocks. If you were a surfer you probably could go out but it's not great conditions and, no doubt, there are probably a few chaps with large jaws and many pointy teeth out there too!
We're travelling roughly south south east to get to the bottom of the Kalbarri NP...and now I know why. We've just seen the coastal cliffs with a pillar and bridge formation reminiscent of the features on the Great Ocean Road.
Now it's a 90 minute drive to the 440 roadhouse where we'll have a liquids stop.
South of Yallabatharra (fancy that - my phone doesn't recognise that word) the road turned inland toward Northampton and the countryside has turned from scrubby coastal flats to rolling green pastural land.
Because our journey, as a group, is nearing its end, each of us is writing a little thank you in Jess' journal.
After a quick drink the roadhouse is receding in the distance. Lookout! A traffic light! Jess looks a bit uncertain about what she's meant to do...by her reckoning the last time Karen and I would have seen one would have been Katherine in NT which is 3420km away from Geraldton by the route recommended by Google Maps and much further by our circuitous path.
It's clear that it gets a little windy near a town called Greenough...
...which is just a dot on the map about mid-morning on our way to Jurien Bay where we are going to go sand boarding.
That was a lot of fun! The dunes were steep, the boards were fast, particularly if you applied too much wax, and I convinced Karen that I had battery problems with my phone and missed taking a video of her first 2 rides so she had to walk back up the dunes and do it again and again...but she soon got the satisfaction of seeing me wipeout on the way down.
Mid afternoon, about 7 hours after Jess started driving today, we arrived at the Nambung National park to see the Pinnacles. These odd limestone formations are spread across a large desert area. The wind has eroded them into all sorts of distinctive shapes and created interesting surface textures.
Although I didn't find them as awe inspiring as Uluru, the Bungle Bungles or some of the other gorges that we'd climbed into, I still found them fascinating. Perhaps the nearly full moon hanging near the horizon with the odd sculptured stones beneath made it seem lunar like - or maybe that's just the geek in me speaking.
On the southern end of the Nambung NP we passed by the Wanagarren nature reserve which, apparently, has some travelling sand dunes. We caught a glimpse of one of them.
A little under 2 hours later, at about 6 in the evening, we off-loaded our luggage from the bus and said goodbye to Jess and our travelling companions for the last time.
Tomorrow, Karen and I start travelling under our own steam again...and her Mum comes to spend some time with us.