Sunday, October 29, 2017

2,784.......

........kilometres later, Adolf and The Cook arrived in Bunbury, Western Australia.

Once is enough, thank you very much.   Next time, I'll fly.  Having said that, I'm glad to have made the journey.   Some observations:-

Despite numerous signs warning of critters crossing the road way we saw no live kangaroos, wombats, camels, echidnas, cows or mallee fowl.

I did not know Western Australia has two time zones. (Most Australians don't know about it) Standard western time and then, Central Western Time from Caiguna to Border Village.

On two days we saw lightning strikes start massive bush fires along a 100 km front.  Somehow, the authorities got them under control before too much damage was done.

An astonishing number of brave fools were crossing the Nullabor on push bikes.

There were far less trucks and road trains than I had expected and far more caravans and camper vans.  That's what happens when you allow Labour governments to turn a thriving economy into South Pacific Venuzuela.

For the first time in my life, I saw a dead, derelict town.  Iron Knob, where, until recently, the iron ore was mined for the now defunct steel mill at Whyalla. 

Australia is in deadly serious trouble and all it's politicians want to talk about is Adam marrying Steve.




9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Sounds like an interesting trip even if once will be enough. Was there rain with the lightning?

3:16

David said...

nOT USUALLY 3:16.

When I was working in far west QLD we had what were called Bedourie Showers - three claps of thunder and a dust storm.

David said...

I did not know Western Australia has two time zones. (Most Australians don't know about it) Standard western time and then, Central Western Time from Caiguna to Border Village.

You did not know, therefore no one else knows. Very Trumpian, Adolf.

It is one of a long list of "unknowns" that can clinch a win in The Pub Quiz.

Which is further North - Adelaide or Canberra?

In the song "Waltzing Matilda" what type of horses did the troopers ride?

Does the ACT have a sea port?

I could go on, but I wonder if you can answer any without google.

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Smart arse David.

Not one of the twenty or so sand gropers I have asked since knew there were two zones.

3:6

They were dry storms with high wind.

Paulus said...

One of the nicest towns in Australia, Bunbury

Murray said...

David @10:50 - Zinger

The drive over the Nullarbor does not seem to have helped Adolf's liver condition at all.

There is a reason that few Australians know of the different time zones in WA, and that is because it only applies to a tiny piece of that vast state. Map here.

The reason you see so few trucks on the road across to the west is the prohibitive cost of road freight on such long distances. Trucking companies send out 2 drivers per truck to maximise the on road time, but they cannot compete with the economy of rail freight. While a single tractor unit is crossing the Nullarbor each way, the same vehicle could complete 5 or more Adelaide Melbourne or Melbourne - Adelaide trips. As the owner, which would you rather operate?

Perishable goods mostly go by air, non time sensitive goods go by rail. These trains carry containers double stacked and can be around 1500 metres long. How many tractor units would be needed? Around 56, plus 112 drivers.

Answers to David's Q's

Adelaide

Unknown

Yes



Anonymous said...

Don't know about pushbikes but I hitched across in 1969. Took me twenty years to find out that Nullibor is not aboriginal but latin.

Lord Egbut

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Legbut

Nullarbor.

Ditto regarding the origin of he name.

David said...

yeah, well, who knew it was latin? Only those of us who paid attention in school.

Null = None

Arbor = tree.