The reason for the trip was to pick up bags of soil samples and take them back to Perth for testing. There are people on this station, and lots of other stations in the North of our state, looking for gold, copper and probably other minerals but on this station they are drilling for gold.
The blokes doing the soil-sample pickup run usually drive up one day and load up and leave the next. But I wanted to go and see a bit of the country up that way again so talked Hubby into letting me go along with him and doing the 2 day trip over 5. The lovely man agreed even though it added a lot to his work and meant a couple of days being away with no pay. But he had me for company and that would have made up for it. That's what I kept telling him anyway. And I might be allowed to go again...Anyway...
Thursday. I was supposed to work and we were going to leave after that but I had a bonus day off so that gave us the chance to leave early and have more time to stop and look on the way. In theory anyway. The truck was supposed to be loaded so we could leave straight away, with no stops in Perth...But...it wasn't fully loaded so we lost time there. We had to do a drop-off and a pickup in Perth so that added more time so any time we made up by leaving early was already lost. HoHum...It meant that we wouldn't have time to stop anywhere as we wanted to be in Dalwallinu before dark. We had booked a room here so we weren't driving through the dark and because I was with him it wasn't possible to pull over and sleep whenever.
We stayed in a motel unit behind the pub and though it was clean(ish) with plenty of hot water it was old and basic. I had been quoted $85 and we were told the same when we picked up the key but when Hubby went over to get something to eat and pay for the room he was charged $70. A much better price.
|Our unit is the one with the open door.|
I liked the stone wall in front of this building.
My main impression of Dallwallinu was that the main street was clean and tidy and nice looking. All the houses and shops were tidy, the gardens were all neat and tidy. Then I walked back to the hotel and walked behind it to get to the units...and the place was a dump. Mess everywhere, untidy buildings, old junk laying around. It was so noticeable after walking through the main street and such a pity that it wasn't tidy as well.
We left Dalwallinu around 8am, knowing there was a long drive ahead.
The area around here is good for wheat growing and as we were leaving there was this sign that I thought was clever.
And after a bit... Six hours to go...
To be continued...