When I got to Kununurra I was hot, tired and ready to drop wherever my body landed. I hadnít even unloaded the bike when a beer was put in my hand and I was talking to a couple from Perth who had ridden up the coast on an ST1100. I had a couple more with Donna and John before jumping in the pool to cool off.
As the sun was setting thousands of bats flew overhead. It was an awesome sight. There wasn't a patch of sky not filled with bats. It lasted for about 10 minutes. I was told it happened the night before, but had lasted even longer.
I stopped at a roadhouse to drink some water and hide in the shade. The Variety Club convoy showed up too. They have a roadtrain driving with them. The driver came over to say hello. He had ridden around Oz before and was insistant that I take some water from him. I was carrying about 5 litres, but it was at the same temperature that I normally drink tea. So some nice cold water was gratefully accepted. He said I could just pull him over if I needed any more, this seemed kind of drastic, but it was a kind gesture.
I had a brief stop in Halls Creek, but I was ready to get to the coast again. I rode all day to get to Broome - 731km. I've ridden that far in a day before, but usually the scenery changes. I planned to spend a few days in Broome on the advise of people I had met coming the other way. The first couple of kilometres on the way in look like a building site. I wondered what this place was that so many had insisted I should see. It turned out to be a great place to chill out for a while. Before I had found a place to stay I met a couple that had ridden overland from the UK. Simon and Rachel had been on the road for nearly 2 years, on and off. I wanted to hear more of their stories so they took to me to the campsite they were staying at. I had a good few days in Broome and felt nice and refreshed when I gat back on the road to Port Hedland. I always love that feeling when I first get on the bike in the morning and my bum doesnít hurt. How can a seat that feels so comfy at 8am turn into a block of stone by midday?
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