Hiya Kingos Glad to hear you two are safe and well in paradise... hope ya get a mild summer... nothing over 45 degrees would be nice aye ;D Also pleased to hear you plan on staying out on the road for at least another 12 months. With Lady Madonnas Travels on hold us travel starved lesser people rely on you guys for our occassion escape from reality via your updates and photos.
Fibreglass fantasia!....a Sunliner, a Carlight Continental plus one for spares (fibreglass roof & ends)... 52 homemade plywood and a Fibreglass Kennedy lookalike awaiting a brand/name (might be Skyline?) ................. EH Premier S/Wagon & '56 FORD Country Sedan for my towcars
Ya mongrel Kingy......we were just getting into flatline mode.....work, wait for people to pay you, mow lawn, spray weeds, grow vegies, back on committees, argue with local council (remember all that cr@p??) and then ya go and put on those photos ;D ;D ;D ;D
Got on the internet the other night....1789 jobs goin' in Port Hedland (Just between you and me, our house is probably goin' on the market next week.....if ya can keep that to yourselves it would be appreciated )
Alcohol may not solve your problems, but neither will water or milk
I'm on a roll here, time for another update - After Fitzroy Crossing we headed on to Derby, staying for three days. While there we ran into ''Kiwi Jim'' from the sister site ''classic vans'' as well as good friends of Don Ricardo who were camped just behind us.
No shortage of boabs here
Then it was onto Broome for a week - very touristy & busy The pearl industry is still on going, although a lot different than the old days Few old pearl luggers still exist
Beaches and sunsets are the best you'll see
Hope you like sunsets ;D
Look who we ran into - The ''Loveshack''.....Dave & Pat Spent a few great days with them at Broome & Barn Hill
Barn Hill is a working station that also caters for the travelling tourist, and is right on the coast - TOP SPOT
While on the beach a hammerhead shark beached itself then turned and swam up and down the shallows for some time - did'nt get any clear photo's Shake'in too much - we'd only just left the water
Ok Kingy.. Prove to me they are sunsets and not sunrises taken over here before ya went to the far side ;D
Thats a nice hat you got there too ;D ;D ;D ;D
good ta see you have caught up with a few of the west coasters too... Oz is a big place .... but ya cant run and hide.. someone will always bump into you.
Remember the bloke from over the next street from me that turned up at Bingara ... Bloody small world aye... You guys are definitely in a great part of it over there.... Over a 1000 jobs ya say?? Do they build locos over there ;D ;D ;D
You'll havta take my word on the sunsets Reddo ;D.... As for the hat, i'm down to only one left don't suppose you've any old stock ;D As for Loco's.......saw a shipment of brand spank'in new BIG loco's bound for either rio tinto - bhp the other week - they were being offloaded at the port in Hedland ........no camera Kingy
Hi Guy's, Well this post should get us up to date with our travels. After leaving Barn Hill we headed towards Hedland with a couple of stops in between, Dave - ''loveshack'' who was once stationed at Hedland told us it was'nt a real pretty place as it's full on industry with bhp - rio tinto etc. employing thousands of people. Man was he right One very noticable thing is the red iron ore dust that is everywhere throughout the town, covering buildings, cars, paths, roads etc. As mentioned earlier i started work not long after getting into town, carting to a mine site 4 hours south of Hedland. How long we stay here is uncertain - it all depends on the work situation. Mez got a job at KMart - doing a 15 hr. week ;D.....pays for the rent, which is very high at all parks in the area, at around $250 a week .........housing is another story, would you believe a basic 3 bedroom home goes for around 1.5 mil. . people who own rental propertys are asking and getting $1500- 2000 a week.............The big companys are renting them for their workers The other highlight of Hedland is that it's smack in the middle of the cyclone territory of which they've had a few.......i've measured the van up and it just fits into a shipping container, as does the car, if need be.
Salt on ya chips anyone - Rio Tinto salt mine
A ship leaving port chocka's full of ore
The tame one's walk the streets up here ;D
It gets a bit windy here also
Some locals going to a fancy dress
Spotted this when we first got into town........it's now in our van park.
This load was on it's way to Newman, and they are quite common. They can hold you up for quite some time
The mine i cart to is owned by the Chinese.....and one of the biggest ........ all the structual pieces we take are made in China
Did i mention this HUGE place facinates me
Everything over here is BIG
Bizzo's glad to be back at work ;D
This is what i'm driving at the moment....a twenty year old restored/rebuilt louisville.......Great old truck We do long and wide loads also
Great photos mate..... you're getting to see more of what it's REALLY like out there than most of we tourist types ever do. But don't forget to do the tourist things too...like walk the streets of Tom Price & Newman..... sex toy shops galore, we were told they have wild parties in their off time When we were at Tom Price petrol was .89cents a litre .... what is it now ..... overnight in the caravan park was $17
Hi Ya Clydey, Good question re the containers.........i'm told they'll either ''secure'' the box to the ground or shove a ''heavy'' one on top ........apparantly you are well warned in advance of any cyclone and many sheds/factorys etc (which have to be built to withstand cyclones) are used for shelters, so thats another option. Coledale, yeah we're going to miss not being there also have allways enjoyed it........but distance is a bit of a problem this year ;D Say hello to Barb for us Note - 40degs. here at the moment...... not look'in forward to summer - been like this for weeks Cobber, have'nt been to Tom Price or Newman as yet, hopefully we'll get there real soon.............might do some shopping ;D We're going for a day trip to Marble Bar soon, it's about a 3 hour drive from here Fuel prices here are ''reasonable'' at $1.40/L Hello Yvonne The Kings
Thanks Swellwilly's , Halps , and others i've missed.....it's been fun sharing our trip with everyone over the last 18 months AND we're only half way . We've covered around 25,000 K's We've hopefully got 12 -18 months to go before we even think about going home........which we try not to think about ;D We know we'll never get to see it all, but we're trying hard ;D......IT"S a magic place out here - as are the people. It's all Mark's fault, and Daggsey & Carrots who talked us into it ;D........Can't thank ya's enough Kingy & Mez
Howdy All, well still slave'n away here in Hedland, with the weather becoming a little harsher by the day .......especially the wind . The EH has been put in storage, and has'nt turned a wheel in around 6 weeks. We picked up a 94 camry to run around in, rather than use the EH........besides, you havta have an AIR CON up here ;D Work came to a stand still when our last ship was unloaded, so my boss put me onto a mate of his who has a few trucks, and carts to a variety of places........can't believe the places i get to see while being paid for it. It's been a great experience. The next boat's due in shortly, so it's back to boss no. 1
Gotta keep the sun off up here
Hey Reddo, member i said i had'nt a camera when the new loco's arrived....have now. Here,s two of the 14 going to BHP, a cool 2 mill. each
Carted material out off BHP for a week........people pay for a tour around here.
Some big stuff
Then it was onto carting concrete railway sleepers to a BHP site out in the middle of nowhere ......about 250 k's inland from Pt Hedland, off the main drag and into the scrub. There's a few mines out here, and all the material is sent by rail back to Hedland for shipment.
Thousands of sleepers
Many k's on dirt tracks, and plenty dusty ;D
Pulled over at one stage and took these shots of the trucks and the scenery, for many a klm. you see nothing but nothing........not even weeds grow out here . no green what so ever - just red. It's an eerie feeling, if you were blind folded and dumped out here, you'd think you were on another planet.
Hi Kingy. Knowing you`re having a great time seeing a lot of places/sites most folk wouldn`t ordinarily get to see & don`t envy you somewhat, was wondering what camera you use as there`s a stack of awesome pics that show amazing distance clarity? cheers gordon
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