Distance today 131km at 23km/hr average
TOTALS: Distance 5587km. Donations $7570.09. Days remaining 58. 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 Tuesday the 20 July 2021
It’s a big sky bright night with the moon 3/4 on his way to being full. He’s commanding the sky with only a handful of stars able to compete with his shiny smile. The crickets are happy too, rubbing their legs in delight with the balmy conditions.
We’re camped amongst an array of large red rocks, spinifex and burr bushes. Talk about risk takers. I got the scissors out and trimmed the spinifex around Banjos tyres. It was an entertaining ordeal and they now have lovely haircuts 🤣 We spotted our campsite just after clocking over our kms for the day. There was a rocky mound with a small roadside track leading off. We carefully dodged the spiky bits and found a good spot behind the small outcrop for him and the tent out of sight from the passing traffic. Happy happy!!!
We set up camp just in time to enjoy the last of the sunset. The twilight colours highlighted the natural reds and greens and it’s a beautiful spot to enjoy our first ninja camp on route to Pardoo Roadhouse tomorrow all going well.
We got underway just before 9am after saying our goodbyes to Malcolm and his wife Sarah. He’s given me a stick of dry lube as a backup sweat man. He’s a cheeky soul and I’ve enjoyed our banter, camping next to them over the last couple of nights.
We popped into the office and thanked Steve, the manager for letting us stay the 3 nights. It was very generous and supportive and we’re feeling far more human than the weary, cranky souls that arrived Friday. It was an interesting few days to say the least but I gained a lot of insight which I value immensely. “If it doesn’t challenge you it doesn’t change you” after all 🤣 Love you Claudia and Lothar xx
The temperature today was early 30s and the wind was kinder than it has been. The body loves the warmer conditions and moving again. It didn’t take long to warm up the legs in time to cross over the western end of the Gorge Range. It was a great way to say goodbye to this stunning part of the Pilbara. I hope to return one day and take the time to explore it some more. It’s a hidden treasure that neighbours Karijini National Park that’s also on the bucket list.
By lunchtime we had clocked over 75km. We came across Des Streckfuss Rest Area where Rob was camped for the night. He’s taking his time, stopping at rest areas on his way to Port Hedland for a COVID jab. He’s being doing reviews on rest areas using a simple recipe of facts to help fellow travellers plan their trips. Whatever he’s doing it’s working with over 1 million views on google maps. His username is @itinerantozzie and you can find him on Facebook. He loves the focus it gives his own travels and spends a lot of time ensuring his reviews are helpful with quality images. His 1974 Bedford camper van is his pride and joy and very handsome indeedy. Him and Banjo hung out together over our lunch break chats.
We chipped away at the next 60kms for the afternoon. We passed a large section where one side of the road had been burnt and the other was green desert shrubbery. The con strays was striking. I could already see shiny spikes of green amongst the blackened remains. Isn’t Mother Nature amazing the way she regenerate especially in arid climates that thrive after fire.
The road crossed a number of rivers including Strelley East and West Rivers. The river beds are wide and dry and full of bird life amongst the bushes. At Strelley East we disturbed a mated pair of Jabirus which were spectacular to watch take off and soar overhead while we passed by. We had our afternoon break at Strelley West River to enjoy the banks closer up.
I had thought we may stop at a campsite on Wiki but spotted this camp just a few kms out. I’m glad we did. It’s a great wild camp. We had time before setting up camp to soak up some rays and the surroundings over bird o’clock.
Time now or dinner and bed. Pardoo Roadhouse is another 122kms tomorrow. We’ll try to start early to get there mid afternoon. Night and talk soon xx