Day 64

Trip Start Sep 23, 2012
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Saturday, November 24, 2012

We left today at 7.30 am after a quick pack up because we were in a drive through site. These sites are great because you leave your caravan attached and they are usually very easily to get into. Today to mark the Nullarbor Plain petrol dramatically rose to a price of $1.91 a litre in what was akin to highway robbery.
We saw a two metre snake slithering across the road, one of the only two live ones we have seen as all the others have been dead. For Emmy and Chloe, it was their first snake as they are always reading, watching a movie or playing on their iPods. I swerved to miss a goanna but there is a lot of road kill. Today there were wombats, emus and kangaroos that didn't quite make the crossing.
We pulled into a roadhouse but had to leave as all the road trains had already parked and there were no parks left. Road trains have become an annoying and frustrating part of this drive as they go screaming past and demand a large portion of these narrow roads.
After a 600km day, we finally pulled into Eucla. The town consists of a big road house and a caravan park at the top of the hill. There is a Eyre Memorial as he allegedly camped in the vicinity in 1841. Eucla had a telegraph station and was very important in the development of the East West Overland Telegraph. The caravan park was another drive through site costing $30 but $1 for five minute showers.
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