Cervantes, Junction racetrack and back

The first day’s track
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We take a short winding road out to Eagle Bluff
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On a still day, without waves, you can see two species of shark, rays, all kinds of large fish here. Not today
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There’s a type of parrot that breeds on these rocks
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A second beach, further down the road
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Perfect
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Miles to go…
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Shell beach
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Entirely shells
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Then we turn the corner north and headed up the long of hot, straight and dry nothing
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Cooling off in the shade
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To the town of Cervantes
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Where there are cockatoos making an incredible noise in the trees
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They watch each other land on small things, bully each other, and perform tricks
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Crazy, wonderful birds
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More fisherman on the waterfront
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The next day’s track, many more miles of hot nothing, there and back
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And this is why the great kangaroo hunt has ended. In the last two days we’ve seen a dozen, all road kill. Not the way we wanted our kangaroo relationship to start. I could tell Lucinda was sad too as we rode by them
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Vultures or whatever, we don’t know yet, marking the dead
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It’s a wasteland but it’s beautiful
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Into the shade for a minute or two. Possibly a well-known rest stop tree
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Then, after gassing up in the outback village of Gascoyne we head off to the Junction Race Club, in the middle of nowhere, where there’s a big event
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The entry
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They wrist-band me for $25
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We park and go to the spectator building-and-bar. We’re early because we want to check things out before all the people arrive
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There are two bookies getting ready, opposite each other
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The other
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Early arrivers. Always a drag for dinner but fine here
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Check out the horse trailers and rigs. Very Australian, very cool
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This one doubles as shelter from the sun
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Generators, fuel, powering the whole thing
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Lots of family shelters for those who came the night before
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Then off to see the horses. They’re walking them out here to soak them off from a big central barrel
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They’re hot and either comatose or pissy
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This pretty pony doesn’t look up to a big race but is being groomed with love. She’s in race number 1 and called Cognac Blue
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Back at the bar, a super-cute young Aussie couple
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The place starts filling up
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Time to read the program, no time for the form. It’s the same format as Hastings Park at home. I hunt for Cognac Blue and bet on her to win. Hideous odds against that happening
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Then head over to check out the parade ring, right in front of the jockey’s enclosure
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The horses come out to the track, warm up
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Go Cognac Blue!
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They head off to the start. Lucinda thinks we should be out there with them, beat them in 1st gear, wheelie across the finish line, grab the nearest decent Aussie babe and ride off into the sunset. I agree, I say to her
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We wait. The anticipation of they’re off! and the sound of thunder
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They ride the back stretch before heading out of the corner. Very few sporting things are as magnificent Lucinda says
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And our almost-finish-line photo. But no sign of Cognac Blue. oh well
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Time for lunch here because we have to go. We have to be off the road by 5:00 to avoid being hit by a kangaroo, as frequently advised by everyone
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Then back across the desert to Cervantes.

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  1. Trine,

    Nice, but need WAY more pics of you.

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