I had decided that I wanted to see the Nullarbor. Not necessarily cross it, since it’s a rather long ride and what’s more I would have to drive back the same way. After a reasonably long day’s drive I had arrived. It’s a rather magnificent sight and experience. This time I did not feel I needed to see all 1000km of it.
The Nullarbor plain
Besides, once I was there I realized, somewhat to my horror, that I had left the charger for the computer in Poochera. Even worse, the power adapter was also in Poochera and the camera battery was just about to go flat. On the upside, my analogue camera got a bit of use.
Have you seen Wallace & Grommit? A Grand Day Out? In one part of my journey I wondered if I was somehow part of a Grand Day Out.
A Grand Day Out
After a while I came to the belief that the farmers in this part of the country recycle their old fridges as mailboxes.
After having retrieved charger and adapter from Poochera I had 2 days to spend before meeting some locals with whom I’ve had e-mail contact. In the end I decided to go back to Streaky Bay, it’s such a lovely place. As a bonus, the hotel is great to stay at.
Front bar, Streaky Bay Hotel
I thought that living in Eyre Peninsula is pretty much getting away from it all. Whilst gaining a few things that takes a bit getting used to for a big city boy (eh, old codger…).
Streaky Bay PUB front bar
Try this: roll up to the bar, place your wallet on the counter, pull out a bit of money, and then wander around and talk to people for a few hours. And the wallet and cash will be where you left it. Minus what you have consumed. Going to the supermarket? Leave the car unlocked with keys in the ignition. Feels absolutely weird, but I could get used to it.
Now, some people obviously think that it’s too crowded (where??) and feel a need to be more secluded. What about this place? In the middle of saltbush with no neighbors as far as they eye can see (and that’s pretty far given that the country is rather flat). Possibly there is some sea view from the upper story. There’s no water of course, except for rain water. And it’s 6 months since the last rain. Ah well, each to their own.
Weekender in salt bush