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DSL
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ianm27 wrote:
As for eating Skippy - thoroughly recommend it, kangaroo meat is veryyyyyyy tasty Thumbs Up


Well Skippy’s now on the menu. Kangaroo and Chorizo pie for breakie this morning. absolutely fantastic. Thumbs Up Thumbs Up

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Just hope it wasn’t from one of the numerous road kill ‘roos we’ve seen. Sad

Just back up in Perth for a couple of days R&R. InterCont Perth for less than we’ve been paying at some Best Westerns, plus foc lounge access due to having spent a long time in their establishments.

Cheers all.

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Morning folks, another booooooootiful day in sunny Perth.

View from breakie.

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View of breakie.

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And it was as good as it looked. Enjoy folks. Thumbs Up
   
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Ahh, back in the metropolis and the healthy eating option has returned Whistle


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Glad to hear you enjoyed skippy Thumbs Up
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Seems like a diet that the association does cardiac surgeons would approve Cool Thumbs Up
  
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No longer, that was a one off as this hotel has working scales. We’re both up about 1/2 st (3kg) in 3 weeks so we’re both back on diets. Plus we’re driving everywhere, much less walking. Today’s breakie was a ham & cheese omelet with mushrooms. Very slimming, but no pics as it got wolfed down very quickly in case it shrank even more on the plate. Thumbs Up

And Happy Australia Day to all our Aussie peeps. And non Aussie peeps. Thumbs Up
   
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Morning folks, assuming it’s still morning where peeps are. Here’s a pic to warm y’all up, check out top right.

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Crazy thing, it went from that to a cool 29c in about 5km. Shocked Shocked Nice temps now. Thumbs Up
   
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So glad you didn't include the "lie-o-meter" miles/fuel consumption readout Rolling with laughter Rolling with laughter
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Getting 39 mpg (actual) with the X-Trail at the mo, not bad for a 2.4l petrol powered soft reader. And with u/l at 75ppl, happy days. Mr. Green Mr. Green

We’re long(ish) hauling up to Exmouth, where WA stops going straight north and hacks NE ish. Not a lot of input needed from the navigator!! Mind you, we did manage to miss our turn off for the hotel due to audio being on the wrong setting.

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Lots of long & hot empty roads with a general view like this.



With the odd short (2 trailers, not 3) Road Train to add to the excitement.

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Plenty of warnings re animals on the road.

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Note the additional hazard above the kangaroo. Rolling with laughter Rolling with laughter

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Now it was getting hot, great views of the desert area from about the only hill for a couple of hundred kms.

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And re hot, seriously hot. AC coped beautifully and drinks were kept nicely chilled in the AC cooled cup holders. Now that is pure geniousness!! How hot? This hot!

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Actually, tbh that was after an icecream stop when the engine heat added a bit to the number. It was only a cool 44c. Thumbs Up

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Will get to Exmouth tomorrow and hope to get pics of rays (as in non Uncle variety), turtles and dolphins. Thumbs Up
   
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Good to see the road sign has become a pattern plate Laughing
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At least they hit it. From the number of beer bottles & cans littering the roadside for much if the way I bet most blast completely miss. Whistle
   
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Morning folks, hope all going well in Blighty and other places warm or cold. Thumbs Up

Been up in the top, for us, of WA, up in the Exmouth & Ningaloo Reef areas. It’s been pretty toastie, away from the immediate coast it jumps up into the low 40s and the sun is truely scorchio. Luckily nothing lots of AC doesn’t sort out. Thumbs Up

First stop, Coral Bay and a 1 hr boat trip through/over the corals behind the main fringe reef. Lots of corals, it seemed that our boat was only a few inches over the corals, esp the big bad boy corals.

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When we stopped & tied up at a buoy there were a fair few big spangled emperor fish waiting on us. Forget all the theories re shade, shelter, protection from sharks etc, turns out they get fed. Good enough reason. Thumbs Up

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A few seemed to be looking at the humans in the boat. Glad he’s not telepathic, I was thinking “chips and lemon wedges”. Whistle Whistle

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Then to Exmouth and round to the other end of the peninsular & reef. Lovely scenery, when desert meets lovely tropical (yes we were back in the tropics) beaches.

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This was where the road, well tarmac bit of it ended, Yardie Creek. The road, now all sand, continued down to Coral Bay a couple of hundred kms to the south.

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Tempting to see if I had the old sand driving magic but it wouldn’t have been wise in my 2wd rental. Big Cry Big Cry

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Views from the lighthouse.

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Note lack of getting out of the car. It’s mainly coz of these critters, Aussie bush flies. They are pretty bad if you don’t get the head net on before getting out of the car. By the time SWMBO overtook me on the way back to the car she thought there was easily double that number.

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Note the wreck top right of that pic, that’s what we were going to look at. It was pretty much intact until the RAAF used it as target practice back in the day.

Gratuitous beach view.

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Good few emus around. Haven’t managed to photographed any kangeroos yet. Lots at the side of the road which is a bit sad.

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Termite mounds are cute. They were everywhere on the way up to Exmouth.

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There’s a big Aussie Navy comms station just north of Exmouth, it’s not really secret as it’s all over Google Street View. Lots of VLF stuff for talking to Aussie & Yank subs.

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Curiously they seemed to have run out of budget building this sub. Whistle

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Not really a “spotted” but saw this very sad looking D3. It must be about the 5th D3/4 we’d seen that looked like it was being used off the black stuff. We’ve seen hundreds & hundreds & hundreds of Toyotas, Nissans & Mitsus that are tooled for playing off-road.

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On the way south from Exmouth headed up the only tarmac road up into the plateau area. It was a bit like mini Grand Canyon, hope fully with Rock Wallabies. Sadly didn’t see any of said Rock Wallabies, I hoped to see a punk version but sadly dissapointed.

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Finally, today did a drive up to the blowholes N of Carnarvon. Pretty impressive even with fairly mild waves. And double bonus the flies weren’t too bad. We now carry head nets in our pockets but didn’t need them today.

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Heading down to Denham tomorrow and the Monkey Mia park hopefully to see dolphins up close to the shore. At least there are no monkeys. Thumbs Up
  

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DSL wrote:
ianm27 wrote:
As for eating Skippy - thoroughly recommend it, kangaroo meat is veryyyyyyy tasty Thumbs Up


Well Skippy’s now on the menu. Kangaroo and Chorizo pie for breakie this morning. absolutely fantastic. Thumbs Up Thumbs Up

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Just hope it wasn’t from one of the numerous road kill ‘roos we’ve seen. Sad


Looks like Mount Barker Country Bakery, they do extremely good pies Very Happy
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It is indeed. Drooling thinking about it. Thumbs Up
   
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And another day, another pie. This time steak & pepper from the Overlander Road House at the turnoff from Rte 1 for Sharks Bay. Thumbs Up Thumbs Up



And very nice it was too. Thumbs Up

Today was a bit of a RT heading back south, with a detour to Denham for Sharks Bay and Monkey Mia for the dolphins.

Remember here from the flights from Singapore what seems like eons ago?

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The extreme left side of that pic is Hamlyn Pools where the world famous Stromatolites are found. It’s kind of “life Jim, but not as we know it, not as we know it, not as we know it” that’s unchanged for billions of years. It’s one of the first things you learn about in Palaeontology 101 before moving on to trilobites & graptolites.

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Needless to say lots of more recently evolved critters around so nets were doing their thing.

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We’ve given up worrying about looking daft, it’s better looking daft than having flies trying to sneak up your nose or in your ears & mouth. One even tried to get in SWMBO’s schnoze while she was wearing her net. Rolling Eyes

And Shell Beach just up the road from Hamlyn Bay. Both hypersaline but this beach made of lots of tiny complete bivalve shells. Resisted the urge to go for a dip, would look super silly swimming with the fly net on. Whistle

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We did a detour to get to the other side of the peninsular, one very loooooooooooooong and straight road that had recently been sealed.

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Unfortunately they seem to have gone on strike near the end where the tarmac finished so we had to turn around. Big Cry Big Cry Big Cry

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More lovely bays, this time from the comfort of the passenger’s seat without the flies. Plus it was getting a bit toastie at about 36c. Well that was our excuse. Whistle

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Now tucked up in Denham. The room is a bit bleak but at least the AC works, well at least as long as we don’t close the loo door. Shocked Shocked Off outside shortly to see if there are any sharks kicking around, aquatic rather than humanoid, and looking forward to serious seafood scoff tonight. Pics to follow, promise. Thumbs Up
   
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It’s not called Useless Loop Road for nothing!

Not sure what your plans are or how long you are in Denham, but checkout Wula Gura Nyinda Eco Adventures https://m.facebook.com/Wula-Gura-Nyinda-Ec...578715277/ I haven’t actually been on any of their tours, but they get good feed back.

Another place to have a look around and sit in a thermal spa is the Peron Heritage Precinct https://goo.gl/maps/MD8bBUkaj2UHyx9t6 between Denham and Monkey Mia, it is about 6Km on unsealed road but perfectly OK for 2wd. Don’t even think about driving through the ‘Air down area’ as the sand there can get quite boggy.
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