Day 47 16th April 2014 Minilya to Nanutura
Minilya to Nanutura Distance: 230 km
It will be over a week without any communications. I left Minilya a couple of days ago and the temperatures are between 37o and 42o. I am finding walking during the day uses too much water so I need to be prudent and walk as much as possible in the evening and early morning. I am finding it difficult to get more than 30 km per day.
I called in this morning to a 24 hour stopover and have some shade and luxury of a toilet. I borrowed a cup of tea and breakfast offered by four lively young people – Tom and Jade, Kade and Kathie. They are off to Darwin for a short time and back to Melbourne for the joyous birth of Kade’s child. Kade is a specialist in alternative medicine. One of them I’m not sure which one – is a vegan so I got soy with my muesli. It’s a real pleasure to spend time with them.
Lila is driving to Karratha to see her two grandsons, Samson and Fredrick. She stopped to see if I needed anything. Very kind of her.
The roads are getting very crowded building up to Easter. There are many road trains with 4 trailers carrying ore and I expect it to get worse. There are no fog lines on the road, the lines that delineate the edge of the road when there is low visibility. For me it means having to get off the road into gravel every time a car passes; this saps energy especially when it is really hot. Also damages tyres and tubes on George.
This is spinifex country with no trees no shade. I must admit I am reluctant to leave this oasis.
Day 53 22nd April 2014
Renee’s Birthday. Happy Birthday, daughter! It’s a pity there is no phone coverage at Nanutarra.
I arrived to applause; that’s the first time that’s happened. The applause came from a small crowd – Tim Yuen, David and Ling. It turns out I should have been applauding this energetic and wise young man. Tim is a volunteer with Arthritis WA. Tim was diagnosed with juvenile arthritis at the age of 5 at PMH. He used to attend the Juvenile Arthritis camps and now is a camp leader – just one of his many achievements. He also runs a business designing and sculpting skateboard parks. He works part time as a supervisor at UWA Out–Of-School Hours Care. If that’s not enough, he was the family director for the Beaufort Street Festival and is on Vincent Children and Young People’s Advisory Panel.
The three of them left me at Nantarra after buying me breakfast and looking after me. I am now off to Karajini National Park.
On the way here
It has taken eight days walking here from Minilya. Two days out at about 8.00pm a truck rolled up. Roger gave me a generous donation and gave me a cold beer – delicious! He insisted I have a second. I had no will power. Normally putting up a tent is a simple operation but with two beers it becomes a Rubiks cube.
While Roger and his co-pilot Damien were still on the side of the road in the dark, another small truck arrived. Mark, the owner of Minilya Roadhouse, sent out a big bag of food and a bottle of water. He asked his staff Drew and Alex to drive out the sixty kms. Bless all their hearts.