Distance today Nil
TOTALS: Distance 5456km. Donations $7570.09. Days remaining 62. Deserts: Sturt Stony, Strzelecki, Tirari, Gibson, Great Victorian. Tracks: Birdsville Development Road, Birdsville Track, Oodnadatta Track, Red Centre Way, Great Central Road, Goldfields Highway, Wiluna North Road, Marble Bar Road.
Note to new readers: I am travelling with my bike who’s name is Banjo. I often refer to ‘we’ meaning Banjo and I. ‘We’ have an amazing support team of family, friends, sponsors and folk we meet each day. But it’s still up to ‘us’ to face the challenge and tackle each day one peddle at a time.
It’s 7pm on Saturday the 17 July 2021.
Today was about resetting my Perspective. I’m sitting with the crescent moon and in a much better place than when I woke this morning. I was simply feral and very antisocial. It was not a nice place for me or anyone within a km radius 🤣 I had hoped for a good night sleep but unfortunately someone was playing loud music into the early hours of the morning and it triggered my grrrr factor. The dukes were up when I crawled out of the tent to make a cuppa at early o’clock. I had it in my head that it was a neighbouring camper. But I later found out it was in fact a local household living in a neighbouring property. The sound travels in the nighttime and seems a lot closer. Oops!!! I later went up to Graham who’s in the campsite that was the focus of my wrath and came clean. We shared a giggle and a hug and he wished me a couple of relaxing days to come down a few notches from alert mode 🤣 Perspective!!!!
My crap mood was given a huge cuddle over a chat with Dylan to start the day. Darling boy!!! He said, ‘Maree I haven’t spoken to you for so long I don’t want to stop talking.’ Bless him!!! Over the next hour we talked about lego, school, and the comics he’s writing and giving his friends. We shared videos of the camels and big trains and photos of the galahs I fed during our chat.
It was special time spent and softened my heart with what counts. Dylan has a way of reminding me which way the sun is shining. Thanks mate!!! I have my next mission to find a desert snake. He wanted me to find a rattle snake. We googled about them living in the Americas which he knows through his fascination with dinosaurs especially from Argentina. He said one day we will go to Argentina to see a rattle snake and we will take our snake bite kit just in case!!! Love this boy and his mum. They’re my desert peas in a pod. I feel every part of our little family and miss them with all my heart. There’s a lot to miss and I’m so grateful to be blessed with riches that matter. Perspective!!!!
I started my chill bill day with a walk around town. There’s a heritage trail that takes you up to the water tank lookout via points of interest.
The first was the ‘Pioneers Wall’ which was very moving. The plaques on the wall recognise those who pioneered the development of the Pilbara. The wall remembers the men, women and children who perished in the harsh conditions. Their graves are located in lonely and isolated places in the region; by the roadside, riverbanks and homesteads. The plaque reads, “The men, women and children are only a small number of those who suffered in order to open up the riches of this vast region.” The memorial was funded by Georgina Rineheart from Hancock Prospecting. She’s originally from the Pilbara. The causes of death were an eye opener: Miners disease, Heat exhaustion, Thirst, Senile decay, Dynamite accident, Neuritis, Malnutrition and exposure, Lost in bush never recovered, Aboriginal attack, Fever, Disappearance,, Accidents, Appendicitis, Stroke, Heart attack, Heart failure, Drowning, Natural causes, Spear winds, Pneumonia, Dropsy, and Lung disease. There were also a large number of Gun shot wounds to the head/chest. Suicide was real then too. Perspective!!!!
The museum provided information about the heat wave between October 1923 and April 1924 where there were 160 days of consecutive Temperatures over 37 degrees. This event earned Marble Bar the reputation as being ‘the hottest town in Australia.’ No wonder so many people perished in those pioneering and perilous days. Perspective!!!!
I met Margaret who volunteers at the Museum. She’s a warm soul and was very interesting to talk with. She was curious and encouraging about our challenge and donated $50 to our cause for mental health and beyondblue. Thank you Margaret. Your passion for the Pilbara and especially Marble Bar is inspiring and you’re a credit to the townsfolk. Perspective!!!!
I popped into the general store and spoke again with Cheryl who manages the store and post office with her husband. She said she spoke to “Amy’ at the Resource Centre about our challenge. Amy writes for the local paper and she is keen to do an interview and article. She asked me to see her on Monday when the centre’s next open. Wonderful to have some local support. Let’s see what Monday Brings. Perspective!!!!
During my walk I met ‘Rakesh’ who lives in town and works in the mines as an engineer. He’s from India and decided to come to Australia for work. Originally he was working in Melbourne but wanted to experience regional Australia. He spoke about how India is more about status and Australia is more about the person. His perspective was positive and encouraging. He was so interested in our challenge. We ended up exchanging details to keep in touch. I later got a text from him, “Hi Marree, It was great to meet you and good to have a brief good conversation. Hope you have a safe and adventurous journey. Rakesh” It was great to meet you too Mate. I look forward to staying in touch.
My walk took me to a high point where there’s a look out and town water supply. I enjoyed the colours of the flowers and desert red rocks as I mooched. I plan to go back there tomorrow on sunset o’clock to get some photos. It’s a 350 view of the neighbouring Gorge Range and landscape. It was a reminder of where we are and where we’ve been over the last days. Perspective!!!!
Back at camp I cleaned Banjo and washed my clothes. It was a low key few hours in chill mode while I did some choirs. It was then time to pamper me and rug up for a chillier night this evening. It’s been a day of transitioning from such an elevated state this morning to feeling far more grounded and better for human consumption again 🤣 Keeping Perspective is so important to maintain my health and well being during this challenge. I’m very grateful to have the next days to reset with what keeps me grounded as our journey continues. Night and talk soon xx