Fast ride into Nullarbor

The day started off clear and bitterly cold which made for a slow start and chilled fingers as everything was re packed and loaded up.

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Dawn breaks at bush camp

Hit the road just before 8 am and started off with a building north easterly that pushed me on for the short 71 Kms to nullarbor. The breeze strengthened until I had a 30 km hour wind over my right shoulder – almost a tail breeze and the last 30 Kms was total joy.

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Wonder if anyone can give this lizard type of animal a name – not a state icon I hope. Either got a big head and a small arse or vice versa.

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Lots of Whale to be seen on the coast from here – saw about 15 just from one spot looking down from the cliff top

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Met a couple of real adventurers who have been flying around Australia in a small airplane – Thomas and Nicole . They are on the run home now finishing in Melbourne tomorrow.They managed to borrow the managers car from the roadhouse here at Nullarbor and I was very lucky to be able to get a lift with them to see the Whales. From the cliff tops we saw something like 16 or so whales lazily cruising the coast – seeming all to be heading east and usually in mother and calf pairs.

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Enjoyed a lovely evening with Thomas and Nicole over dinner and early next morning checked out the fancy plane – 320 hp and think cruises at about 180 knots. Saw then off at about 9 am – taking off into strong winds – Adelaide bound for fuel then Melbourne and back to work after a great months round Aussy odessy.

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4 comments

  1. It was lovely to meet you today at Nullarbor, and I’m glad you got to see the whales – they are pretty impressive aren’t they?! I wish I’d known you were a bee keeper too, although I’d have bored you rigid with questions about back garden hive keeping! The critter you saw was a Stumpy Tailed Lizard – Tiliqua rugosa – there are four subspecies, and three only found in WA. They are fairly slow moving, and have a blue tongue.
    Good luck with the rest of the trip – I hope you have many more days with a tailwind! 🙂

  2. Yep, we just call them “bluetongues” here in the West. You will see plenty as roadkill–some deliberate I would guess. They are harmless and protected by most. Great news about the wind. SoundsFabulous! Remember the feeling if it gets lost :). Been wet here lately, but we have a week or so of reasonable weather ined up now. Good riding!—-Denis

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