My Adventure Story
Finally left Cossack after a great couple of days there; so peaceful and beautiful. Headed off north up the coast and made Port Headland about 11:00. Interesting town, covered in brown iron ore dust, even the wheelie bins are made of rusty brown plastic - different! A light lunch and pushed further north to Pardoo Roadhouse for a break; top up the electrolytes... Met Evelina here: Fellow Ulyssian from Gosford, but rode a Harley. She was cooked and was going to stop here at Pardoo - air con room and a pool!
I continued on to Sandfire Roadhouse. Older rooms than Pardoo; shop closed at 19:00 and there was no pool for guests, only for staff...? But there was air con. Interesting effect with the tiling in the ensuite; it rippled as you worked on it!
A few quite drinks with some locals who were doing work on the motel, trying to get it ready for reopening and the tourist season - the Dry. Aparently Sandfire burnt down 3 years ago and they are still trying to reopen it; ongoing challenges with the local council.
Away from Sandfire at about 09:00 and rolled into Broome about 11:30 - 12:00. Broome, Kimberly Klub YHA
4 nights in Broome at the Kimberly Klub (KK) backpackers (resort); 6 bed dorm $24.95 pn. Very well laid out; great pool by the bar and fair-sized kitchen; upper and lower decks among the palm trees for accommodation; drinks reasonably priced for once.
Arrived on Thursday night before Easter and caught up with Eri and Stefan. A Dutch girl and a french-Canadian girl from Kalbarri were also there - old times sake.
Went down to the Roey pub for the wet T-shirt competition. Sadly Eri got there too late to register! The place was absolute chaos and a nightmare to get a drink from either of the bars... Not too many places to party in ole Broome Town. Eri, Stefan and I decided to go back to the KK for a nightcap and a late night swim to cool off.
Sadly Eri was booked back to Perth on the Greyhound Friday morning; $400 and a 38 hour trip - my sympathies... We had our farewells until we meet again on the east coast, early May. I had to do the right thing and offer her a place to stay and my guide services of course. We exchange email addresses and telephone numbers.
Temps in Broome were reasonable 36-38, but the humidity was a killer at 87% +. Just felt like you were sitting there dripping! The pool was well used as I contemplated what mischief could be had. Booked accommodation in Derby and bus tour Broome and possibly a seaplane flight to the Horizontal Waterfalls in Talbot bay on the Buccaneer Archipelago.
Did a number of drives around town to see all of the CGI bildings and Chinatown, plus Town Beach and of course Cable Beach. Tried to catch Staircase to the moon a couple nights and got some photos, but the moon was waning, or is that waxing?
Broome is not a big place, but has a good shopping centre, plenty of tourist traps, a 90 year old outdoor theatre, heaps of diverse history and is interesting to wander through.
Time for washing again on Sunday. Monday morning joined a tour of Broome and got all of the local strories/history, a free sample of Matso's boutique brewery ginger beer (3.5%) and bought a middy of mango beer (5.7%); both very nice, but sadly we had to move on!
Got back to KK about midday and tried to ready myself to get on my bike after a three day rest. Not looking forward to donning the gear in the humidity. Finally made the plunge and when I was on the road, it was quite reasonable - nothing to sook about at all really.
Speaking of sooking, I noticed that I had got a flat in my AirHawk today....