The tent is almost dry. The wind has blown through the top of the trees all night but the tent is so protected it has hardly moved. The road, less than 50m away, had been so quiet, that we have not been disturbed at all by passing vehicles. A great sleep after Ju's big day, and we're in no hurry to get up. Even so we are on the road by 8.30am.
It's amazing how empty the trailer is becoming, now that we are finally using all the dried food I bought for the Nullabor, and this morning we have no spare water, so that is another 5kg less in weight.
Only 25km to Karridale, and the junction with the Busselton Hway which we manage pretty quickly, and we stop for a coffee and hot chocolate, while Ju messages an acquaintance who lives in Margaret River. A bed for the night sorted, and a chat to a couple of locals for advice, and we are off on the Cave Hway.
Stunning. Sunshine through the gum trees, and the number of trees make a spectacular photo. I hope they come out. Reminds me of a jigsaw scene. Apparently this particular spot is a very famous, well used spot for photographers. We can see why.
Ju is keen to stop off in a winery or two, because that's why she came riding in this area, and we visit a couple of Galleries as well. The Boranup was pretty amazing, with some pretty cool stuff, and less than 1km off the main road. The Voyager vineyard, which for some reason appealed to my lovely lady, was however down a hill, which we would have to reclimb, so was vetoed. We had already climbed a rather long steep hill. Never mind. Tomorrow, according to the map there are 18 wineries within 10km.
We also stopped off at one of the caves, but at $22 each, decided we weren't that interested, and at that stage, the wineries were still calling. Certainly a very interesting area for cycling....with a wonderful wife who loves Art and Wine, and can manage the odd hill.
We arrived in Margaret River mid afternoon to find Suzette and Dan home in their new six bedroom, $300,000 home. Suzette, from Cheviot, and ex Ambo from Chch, Dunedin and Auckland, and Dan, ex Police from Christchurch, have been living over here for about three years with their four kids.
Dan is mining, working seven days on, seven days off, seven nights on, seven days off. He drives up to Perth on Thursdays, and they fly somewhere up country to a small Gold Mine, which sounds massive to me. He works 1.2km underground blowing stuff up. The tunnels are big enough to drive huge trucks down that deep.....I find it all pretty hard to fathom. Some of the guys are being paid $180,000 a year. Dans not there yet, but there is potential.
They are really happy here in Margaret River, new house, good schools, nice community, beaches close by, and the weather is such that there is grass, occasional rain, and moderate temperatures. Dan gets to play rugby every second weekend, and Suzette is learning Roller Derby. And for holidays....$1000 gets the whole family to Bali. ($6000 to fly home to NZ). Sounds almost attractive.