Day 56 Anzac Day 25th April 2014
I am here under shade at Warlu turn off to Onslow eating Gui Ling Gao, a Chinese herbal jelly given to me by Bengo and Esther and it has given my system a real lift.
Yesterday I met Linda who was on her way to Broome to supervise after school-activities at an aboriginal boarding school. On her way she went to Ningaloo and snorkled with whale sharks and rays. She has a love of animals and was visibly upset that a bird had been caught in her car grille. Linda loves working with aboriginals and learning their ways and culture. She’s not sure if it’s reciprocated. Thanks for the cold water and coke, Linda.
I had a nice connection with VJ, a Tamil trainer at the mine site from Sri Lanka, and his Taiwanese wife who is expecting their first child in 3 months. They gave me water and a donation, then drove back after a short while and gave me $50 more. They said it was good karma for the baby. Thank you, too, lovely people.
Phil and Margie and their six children – Genevieve, Callum, Etham, Gabriele, Christian and Olivia – stopped on the 24th to check my needs and have a chat. Both work at the Woodside Gas Plant, are going to the dawn service tomorrow in preparation for walking the Kokoda trail invited me have a meal with them in Karratha. They reminded me of my working days servicing the LNG Gas Tanker fleet, like the Sanderling which has just completed its 300th journey. I hope they got out before the amazing rainfall.
Vicki Davidson and Roy Burmin (sorry; can’t read my writing) stopped to check if I was okay.
Ken Hendrick stopped again – last time with liquorice allsorts, this time with water and jelly beans.
Ken came out again to Robe River this time with his wife Clare with boiled lollies and Werthers caramels. I had to say no to them very reluctantly as both * George and I were at risk of getting over weight. I did accept the fruit and trail mix and water.
Generosity is overwhelming sometimes. Troy, the truck driver who has a very big heart loaded me up last time; this time he brought a whole slab of 24 x 500 ml drinking water but I could take only 4 bottles because of the buggy’s weight limitation. I did take from Troy all the fruit cups – mango , peaches, pears etc. He also gave me half a dozen packets of electroytes – enough to keep me going for a month or two.