the illusive kangaroos – day 7

The day’s track. There was no more direct dirt or paved option to Shark Bay that made any difference
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We’ve heard there’s something special ahead. Off we go
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To the sides of the road it mostly looks like this
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The plants are blooming. Some of the things we saw
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You have to look carefully for these little digitalis-like blooms
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And my favorite
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The inflorescenses were over 8 feet high
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Fantastic displays. We’d lost an hour but had set off early for this. Back on the road
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It soon got hot and dry
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We passed a historic water stop called 200 Mile Tank, fed off the slanted roofs
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The water’s cold from the small tap
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Things are spreading out a bit. Further up is a famous road stop, the Billabong Roadhouse. We gas up
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Then a couple of Latinos pull up in a V8 (more on this another time). I can’t believe my luck. Amigos! Como estan?!  the traditional thumbs-up up course as we say goodbye
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Further down the road we cross an amazing slow-moving river. This is what we imagined the rivers might look like
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It looked like this at the side of the road, now 600 miles north of Perth
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We stopped when we saw these two guys at the side of the road an hour later. Two long-distance riders, locals. They had just returned from a rally we had heard about, the OCR. More on this a week or so from now. They’re the first riders I’ve seen out here, Paul and Jeff. They’ve both ridden 5000 miles since leaving home in the southeast
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And they’re headed for the same town so we ride off together. And stop here
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To see the Stromatolites
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The view south. Incredible
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Then just a little further, into Denham. These guys are the real deal and over dinner I ask them all my most pressing questions. Jeff has done 124,000k or whatever that is in miles, all here in Australia, on his GS, since 2004. So I listen and learn. More on this later.

No kangaroos today.

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