It's always so nice to keep in touch with family and friends while we're away.....some we hear from more than others, but that's the same at home. Ros gave me a little card when we left that sits on the fridge.....it says "it's your friends who make your world". So true and not a day goes by when we don't keep some sort of contact with friends and family. It's nice to know that Marion and the girls are home from their US trip, and that Ron and Shaz are safely tucked back into Bindaree Road. Young Will is walking in his frame after an op on his legs.....we can't wait to see that! Emma Jane and her girls are moving back to Launceston which is very exciting. Katie Jo is looking for another place to live with her girls. Oliver and Amelia are busy with their 3 beautiful kids in Sydney, and we will visit them in a few weeks. And Chris is safe and happy, loving fishing on the northern NSW coast.
Coming across the Nullarbor as you get closer to Eucla are several lookouts where you can stop and look at the most amazing coastline. The spectacular limestone Bunda Cliffs rise 60 to 120 metres out of the ocean, the water is clear and turquoise, and the sand pure white. Situated on the Yalata Aboriginal Lands at Head of Bight is a viewing point to stop and see whales playing in the Bight. We were lucky enough to spot 2, a mother and calf, but they were far in the distance.
We are always on the lookout for something as we drive along, and often stop the audio book to point out a pink lake, a glimpse of coastline or an eagle's nest in a tree. The eagles swoop to chow down on the road kill, and as we approach them, with over 3 tonnes of caravan on the back, we often have to slow right down to avoid hitting them as they slowly take flight. Some things you just don't want to hit.
We have counted 86 different makes of van on the road, all different in some way. And of course there are the little retro vans that have been lovingly restored, some home made jobs, loads of campervans, roof top tents and camper trailers in all shapes and sizes.
We are surprised ar how much rubbish there is at bush camps.....it's flowing out of the bins and flying all over the place. Not emptied very often apparently.
We have spent over $550 on diesel just coming across the Nullarbor.....the most expensive was $2.06 at Madura and cheapest $1.56 at Penong.
When I called to book in to the Ceduna caravan park, the lady asked our name, and when I said Poupe she said "well that's a blast from the past, there used to be a hairdresser and a jewelry shop here owned by the Poupes!" Coming through the quarantine station Joe asked the chap his name and he said Geoff Hoffrichter......they went to school together!
Joe has been looking forward to showing me Ceduna, where he spent the formative years of his life!!! I am so pleasantly surprised at what a beautiful place it is.. We are at The Shelly Beach CP, parked up on the sand dunes overlooking the turquoise Murat Bay. We can see Thevenard, Ceduna Waters and Ceduna Waterfront from our camp. As we drive around the streets, looking at old houses and shops, Joe reminisces about his childhood, his friends and his family. Today we visited his Mum and Dad and Marshall at the cemetery and spent some time there with them. Into the Post Office, where Joe used to work night shift on the manual exchange, listening in on peoples' phone calls. Joe bought a Hawks flag at Geoff Betts' Menswear shop in the Main Street and they had a great chat. The Ceduna Hotel, where Joe worked behind the bar as a boy, to earn some extra money, has been completely rebuilt. It is wheat harvest time, and Joe remembers lugging bags of wheat on his back before it was all mechanised.
Ceduna is a vibrant, multi cultural community of about 3,800 people, traditionally a service centre for grain, fishing and mining industries. There is a definite sense of prosperity. The diverse scenic beauty varies from outback wilderness, to untouched coastline, to the beautiful castaway islands. Seafood is abundant, the beaches are footprint free, the sunsets are spectacular and the people are friendly. There is a wonderful sense of country charm and community pride.
The name Ceduna is a contraction of the Aboriginal word Cheedoona, which means "a place to sit down and rest". So that's what we are doing right now, with a glass of South Australian wine, looking forward to an evening with Joe's old mates, Leon and Nancy Bubner