Day 82 – Driving Tom Price to Exmouth

Another 5am wake up call for Trundle (unintentional – just couldn’t get back to sleep!) to watch the sunrise from the RIP lookout over the nearby mountain range, which was spectacular. It was eerily that it was so quiet yet we were surrounded by so much space!

Sunrise over the mountains

Sunrise over the mountains

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The silence was broken up by the occasional road trains coming and going from the mines, which became more and more frequent as the sun rose, but they were at a distance which was nice.

Sunrise at RIP lookout near Tom Price

Sunrise at RIP lookout near Tom Price

Waking up at Camp Scrag

Waking up at Camp Scrag

View over to Tom Price

View over to Tom Price

Lovely colours in the morning..

Lovely colours in the morning..

We had some breakfast things and got on the road – what we thought would be a relatively busy road turned out to be a very remote one. We only passed a handful of cars for most of the day and were crossing through some very desolate cattle country with a touch of mining thrown in the mix. Very WA. Asides from comparing our dirt tans en route, an exciting moment was driving on a part of highway that was also used as an airstrip for the Royal Flying Doctors Service, which was cool!

In need of a wash...

In need of a wash…

Comparing dirt tans - Smash

Comparing dirt tans – Smash

Comparing dirt tans - Trundle

Comparing dirt tans – Trundle

Our estimated 400km drive was actually a 720km drive to Exmouth, where our size tyres were in stock at a place that closed up for the week at 4 that afternoon, so it was a long drive with a rush at the end to get there before 4pm, but we made it just in time to get them both fitted and be on our way. We were so knocked out from the drive and in definite need of a shower so we just pulled in to a caravan park in town and stayed there for the evening.

Scenery on the remote drive to Exmouth through cattle stations and mining tracks

Scenery on the remote drive to Exmouth through cattle stations and mining tracks

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