With a big day in the car ahead of us, we got up early and left Cape Le Grand by 7am (new record on an early start for us...and Meg and Marley literally had to get dragged out of bed!). After a quick stop in Esperance to drop off our recycling, we headed north to Norseman and then started on the long road east. Sadly, someone else's journey had been cut short, a 4WD had rolled over only 10km up the road, belongings strewn everywhere - only positive was the airbag/seatbelt conversation, initiated by the kids, that followed.
A super long day in the car whizzed by with the help of Conor and Maeve's fabulous audiobook - Lion Boy hooked us all and kept us going for a huge 10.5 hour day of driving that involved not much besides straight road and dead roos (occasionally interspersed with a "teacup tree", "undie tree" or roadhouse stop). We finally called it quits at Eucla, just shy of the WA/SA border where we stopped for petrol. Twenty five dollars for a powered campsite, flushing toilets and a view of the ocean beyond seemed like a deal too good to refuse (although the kids would have happily continued just so they could heat the end of the book!).
Dinner and bed in the quiet campground were just what we needed as a prelude to the rude shock of changing time zones a few km down the road the next day!Read more