Broome, South toward Perth!
Broome was an EXCELLENT stop where we could ride our motorcycles on the beach.
Eat at great restaurants on the beach,
And enjoy some excellent beach sunsets!
But it was time to move on south toward Perth. There was NOT a whole lot to see on the road from Broome to Port Hedland and the temperature and humidity made it tough going. I took this picture at a roadhouse since I thought it was totally appropriate because it was hot enough for ANYTHING to be on fire.
At the next roadhouse we got a weather update!
We made it to Exmouth and picked up another “big” before visiting Cape Range National Park!
If those other two red dirt roads had the views this one did, I don’t think they would have been quite so stressful! :=)
Next stop was Coral Bay where we took an “underwater” reef tour.
The next day we booked a snorkel tour that let us swim for about and hour with some HUGE Manta Rays. One of them that led us around the bay was about 5 meters across. It was fantastic seeing them in their own environment and then allowing us to intrude to as close as 2 meters. Unfortunately, no pictures since my camera is not waterproof but got these pictures of whales and turtles after the manta ray dive.
We left Coral Bay and continued south.
I got this picture in Carnarvon of the very antenna that on July 20, 1969, picked up Neil Armstrong’s words “one small step for man …” from the moon and then retransmitted it to the world. Cool!
Next stop was Shark Bay. Julia said that she read it was an “excellent” place for me to go swimming! :=)
A little side trip to see some Stromatolites. These are the oldest living organisms on earth. 3.5 BILLION YEARS OLD.
I ask Corey to take this picture of me to prove to Julia that I am NOT the oldest living thing on earth! :=)
Another stop at “Shell Beach”. This beach is NOT sand but millions and millions of tiny coquina shells, where at low tide you can walk a hundred meters into the bay on an endless surface of shells. Cool again!
We made it to Denham and will make a quick visit to Monkey Mia before heading on south toward Perth!
Many more pictures here if interested!
More later from "down the road"!
Posted by Rick McDermed at October 18, 2008 02:28 PM GMT