Pinacles Desert

Trip Start Jan 01, 2010
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Trip End Mar 04, 2011


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Horrocks Backpackers

Flag of Australia  , Western Australia,
Friday, June 4, 2010

So the day starts early with a conversation with an Aussie who was moving across the country - the first Australian I have met in Australia who doesn't work in some sort tourist related activity. After being picked up from the hostel at 6 30 there lots of confusion about who was going on which tour with whom. Didn't have the best first impression of the tour guide and I wondered what I let myself in for. During the drive I got chatting to an Irish girl sitting next to me who ironically was a friend of a girl I had met earlier in the hostel in Perth. After a drive we arrived at the Pinacles which are a collect of sandstone rocks strewn across a desert except when we got there it was freezing and the wind was pumping. As far from a desert as you can imagine as we all finished and were shivering. It was severly underwhelming and I was so glad that I had not taken a day trip up there from Perth.

  Next stop after many hours of driving...I fear that may be the status quo for the trip as it is 3000km in 10 days. After a lunch of sandwiches we arrived at the sand boarding beach which I was dreading. I watched the first gos and Roos ended up covered in sand after careering into the bush. Mirium and Elise also flew down the slope several times with great gusto which eventually convinced me to have a go. It was pretty difficult to propell myself over the edge as you couldn't see the ground from the top. But actually was pretty alright in the end and I didn't get completely covered in sand although it was good to say I have done it so no pressure to do it again! :)

   On the way through we passed Geraldton which was an industrial town where pretty much nothing happens although it was the biggest city outside of Perth on the west coast. It was also a nice change to have signal which was the last time for the rest of the day. By mid afternoon everyone was chatting away and my fears of having a tour were abatted. It was an entirely female group which I think makes things easier although when we stopped at the bottle shop and Jodie and I were the only ones purchasing I did begin wonder. There were....Jodie (Irish), Mirium (German), Eva (German), Roos (Dutch), Elise (Dutch) , Han (Korean grandmother...wow I want to be that adventurous when I am that age), Eva (Dutch), Helene (French) and Louise (Swedish but talks like a South African). 

   Eventually we arrive in Horrocks and where we are spending the night. It is freezing and raining...I know I said in Asia I was a little sick of the heat but now I am sick of the cold. And also severly worried about how cold NZ will be and whether I have enough warm stuff for it and if not how I am going to fit it into my backpack! It was a communal effort for dinner and we were all famished. There was great conversation around the dinner table and I was really chilled and happy. No stress for at least a week with great company...excellent. You also realise how vast the distances this trip will involve...in our first day we did the equivilant of the length of the UK!
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