To the North: the Land of the Boabs

Willarie Roadhouse

When the electrical work was complete we rather enjoyed sorting out the storage area under the bed. We made some discoveries, including a mouldy, damp floor mat, now binned, as we sorted through our stuff. The good news is that we have been able to store our portable solar panel under the bed, something we were worried about.

Stephen has been worrying about weight, so we found a weighbridge near the electricians and weighed our van, including with us in it. We are 90 kilos under, and had some ‘discussion’ about whether to get fuel before setting out for Derby.

At Roebuck Roadhouse we filled up the tank, the. Stephen ordered a full breakfast. No need for us to go on a diet after all!

Fortunately he agreed to share it with me.

Afterwards, we drove about 20 kms down the road to find a shady park up for a rest. Then we shared the driving from that point on. We saw Frederick and Sherenes’ van at one of the 24hr rest areas on the way, but did not disturb them. They will arrive in Derby tomorrow morning and we will see them at an Indigenous festival in the afternoon/evening.

The rest of the drive was interesting with lots of boabs and river crossings, and a couple with single file bridges. There are lots of signs warning about crocs, but we didn’t see any. The danger on the road is wandering cattle and we drove rather slowly keeping watch. It is easy on these roads for cars to pass us.

We’ve ended up at the more expensive caravan park. But it’s nice with large shady sites. We are near two ablution/laundry blocks. This caravan park is in the town and we can walk to shops, etc. We are powered which means we can get these new batteries fully topped off a few times before our next free camping.

The evening was warm, but it cooled off by about 9.00 pm which means it is still very comfortable for sleeping.

By 7.00 am this morning I had put the washing on.