Guest author: Richard McSephney
We’re peering into an empty water trough. Such is the life of a farmer. Animals, water, feed, fences, all to be thought about. All need attention. Dates to be adhered to, deadlines not to be missed, but how much better could it be than here in the Otways? A warm 15C, clear blue sky and only a week to the shortest day of the year.
Well I’ll tell you:
“How about next Monday 08.30?” says Howard.
That’s how much better it just got. We’re off to the Gibb River Road in Western Australia. A journey at the very top of my wish list and another adventure for the Big Red Bit travellers.
Possible showstoppers have now been resolved and our long talked about journey is back on the agenda…in a hurry. You want weeks to set up, prepare and go? Not this time.
The Landcruisers are set and ready to go. Just step in and turn the key! But this is not just popping up the road; this is a 4,000 km road trip to get to the start of our Gibb River Road adventure. Let’s not even mention that we need to cross the Tanami Desert. Apparently that’s a walk in the park, a 185,000 square kilometre park though, and 1000 km across but anyone can do it – so say those wiser than me. All you need is common sense, a reliable car and all the usual precautions. The precautions you’d take for any trip to one of the remotest parts of Australia.
So Big Red Bit awakens again.
Only two cars depart damp Pennyroyal this time, another two are already wending their way across the Nullabor Desert to different destinations, but who knows, a wink, a wry smile. “We may see you somewhere in the West”.
I’m sure that means we probably will!