Hilton is missing his "travel fix", so here's the next installment...
OK, so lots of riding in the last couple of days.... currently in Darwin after Kununurra then Katherine (NT) yesterday. The roads in some sections are in atrocious condition after the cyclone/floods.. very patchy and lots of speeding up then slowing down to as much as 20kph to negotiate the bad ones... that makes it a lot more tiring.
Kununurra is the last big town in WA before you cross into the Northern Territory. It's near the famous Lake Argyle... which is roughly where the Argyle Diamond mine is... apparently biggest diamond mine in the world.. or so I read somewhere. They have pink diamonds found nowhere else. They also have other colours not quite as expensive.. so Kerry got a nice little "get well" pressy shipped home, which she received this afternoon (yes, I'm still feeling very guilty for dumping it!)
Poor girl gets an op on Friday on the ankle.. so I hope it helps her heal... funny thing is.. the "mascot" on the bike is a "bandaged bear" and has its right foot and left hand all bandaged up..... hope it doesn't want a diamond too!
Back to Kununurra... lt's full of aboriginals..as are all northern Oz towns/cities.. (not that different to the ones up the road at home.. most love their grog). Great aboriginal art galleries in town, with some ridiculous prices..but if that's your thing...
Right behind the town is a national park (missed the name) but locally called the mini Bungle Bungles... a small narrow gorge with fascinating rock features and a few old boabs..
The roads into the Kimberleys are long... like all the roads, but the scenery changes along the way and makes it quite interesting... if you forget about the long boring bits..
I nearly ran over a snake's head at one point... need to go back through the bike video and see how close it was to my foot!
Unfenced cattle are left to wander around the roads up here, so its not unusual to suddenly come across a cow or bull or a small herd at the side of the road grazing.. or worse on the road and not knowing which way to go (I've got that on video somewhere)... I've lost count of the number of dead cattle on the side that the road trains take out at night, and the guy at the roadhouse said a Greyhound bus took out at least one of them too.. eerrrk.
Road trains... 3 or 4 bogeys on a semi... big wind rush after its passed, depending on which way the wind is blowing. I've pretty much got it nailed now when to duck and when I don't need to...
at least there's far less of them up here in NT than there was around the mining areas of North-west WA
btw.. that last one is number 4... I'm sitting on 100kph by the GPS on cruise (in WA)
Onto Katherine.. not much to say except I stayed there last night, but really should spend a week or 2 around the Katherine Gorge, etc etc... that'll be for another time when Kerry & I come back with a 4x4.. Darwin to Broome... I'd better start saving!
And onto Darwin... only pain riding up to here is that I know I have to then backtrack the same 300 or so km's through Katherine again before heading south so I can get to Qld... oh,well.. had to come see it! I did pass "The Ghan" on the way through at Adelaide River township as it headed south.. what timing and I have it on video!
Darwin is famous for 2 things... getting bombed during WWII by the japs, and getting flattened by Cyclone Tracy in 1974. They've done a nice job with fixing it up...
cosmopolitan waterfront area with cafe's and restaurants... nice beach area with stingers and loud abo's.. oh well, so much for nirvana
about 11,350km's so far
till next time....