Day 149, Tuesday, 25 August 2009

Distance travelled – 104.1 km
Avg speed –  21.0 kph
Max speed –  31.8 kph

Bush Camp to Willare Bridge Roadhouse

We were on the road by 7.45 and the day warmed up quickly – becoming much hotter than yesterday.

I set the pace for most of the day, trying to take advantage of the downhills to get up speed for the uphills. We passed the Erskine Oil Terminal at the Erskine Range and stopped at the Boab Rest Area for morning tea. We stopped here in 2003 when we travelled through the area with Andrew. The boab tree at this rest area is very old and has a hollow trunk. Mark wanted me to climb inside for a photo but I was worried I would not be able to get out again as the floor of the interior was much lower than the ground outside.

26km from Willare Bridge Roadhouse we found a shady spot for lunch under a tree on the edge of one of the many storm water run offs that come off the edge of the road. I know this doesn’t sound very attractive but it was quite a nice spot – especially as it was away from the side of the road.

During our ride today we saw lots of boab trees except for in the section of sand dunes which we climbed after Camballin Road. It would have been nice to have time to photograph some of the trees in the early morning or late afternoon light, many of which would not look out of place in a Harry Potter movie.

We camped at the Willare Bridge Roadhouse campground and had dinner in the beer garden where they had some “live” entertainment. Their fruit salad is to be highly recommended.





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Packing up before sunrise

'Artistic' shot

Our boab

Getting underway

Boab with belly button

The Erskine Range

'The Boab' Rest Area

Lunch spot


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