The Longest Straightest Road in Austalia

Trip Start Jan 31, 2006
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Trip End Jun 01, 2006


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Monday, March 27, 2006

26-27 Mar - The Nullarbor
The name "Nullarbor" is derived from Latin meaning: no trees. We had imagined a straight black tar road, cutting a perfectly straight path through a desolate, red sand wasteland, disappearing into the mirrored heat haze on the horizon. Instead, it was green with low-lying desert shrubbery and it was raining as we drove! Our imagined Nullarbor was much more exiting - at least in conjured up the scenes of desert warrior car duels from Mad Max II.
As we neared the WA border, the highway came close to the edge of the Great Australian Bight. Short roads off to our left side led to sheer, sea cliff tops and allowed us to look out upon the Southern Ocean and see the concave curve of the bight toward the East.
At border town we met with the cranky quarantine inspector who thoroughly searched our car to take our honey. She was not pleased with our lack of due-diligence. We stopped for the night at Eucla, just across the SA/WA border so we could have an extra hour and a half of sleep (due to the switch to WA's time zone). The historic telegraph station that is partially buried in the encroaching sand dunes is only tourist attraction in Eucla.
Monday 27-Mar, the highlight of our continuing journey across the Nullarbor is driving the 90 mile stretch - Australia's longest, straight section of road. We turned left at Norseman and pushed ourselves another 200km to check in at Seafront Caravan Park in Esperance. We had a great meal at Pink Lake Thai to celebrate the completed epic journey.
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