Day 8 – Carnavon – Port Hedland

Today we left Carnavon at 0700 and headed into red earth territory. Again it was "an ever changing scene", with Spinifex , Ant hills, Cattle, Emu and lots of dead roos.

We also saw our first cop on the road, after 6542km, and apparently driving past them at 140km/h if just fine. We then did it again 200km later. So that is two cops in one day!!! Still no tickets. When we get one, I'll photograph the cop and post it, hopefully he will let us off when I tell him why I took his photo.

I also have some random questions;

  1. Why is it that you catch up to a caravan when you are approaching a corner, crest or oncoming traffic?
  2. Why are there so many caravans in Australia?

I also have been wondering if Road Trains get bigger than 3 trailers, I wonder no more after passing several with four!!

We hit our highest petrol costs today at 181.9c per litre. The biggest "paddock" we crossed was 38km's from gate to gate.

Officially we are in the tropics after crossing the Tropic of Capricorn. Port Hedland is a mining and shipping Port and we happen to be staying in a motel dump called the Walkabout Hotel. It is built like the proverbial brick shithouse and looks like one too. At least it has a pool and the air-con works.

Key Stats for today;

  • Fuel: 112.8l
  • Average Consumption 12.8l/100
  • Time: 6:39
  • Distance 880.8km's
  • Average Speed: 132.2km/h
  • Total Distance so far: 6782.6km's

To give you an idea of the distances in volved in driving around Australia, consider that State Highway 1 from Cape Reinga to Wellington Airport is 1106km's. We did that in 8 hours just the other day.  Most days we do a similar distance as Picton to Bluff on SH 1!!! 

Tomorrow we head off to Broome. 


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