Could not resist a second entry this week in Ailsa travel theme, leading lines. This post was inspired by Cinova http://cinova.wordpress.com/2012/08/04/travel-theme-leading-lines/ < in her post she showed us the Great Ocean Road. This triggered the memory of our drive across that other great Aussie icon road trip, the Nullabor plains. For many years it was looked on with fear and forboding as the road was unsealed, bulldust in the dry and deep ruts during the rest of the year.People looked on travellers that had “done the Nullabor” with admiration and awe. The wind reached hurricane proportions, the weather was totally unpredictable. It still has an aura of adventure today, mainly fuelled by the tourism brochures.
We approached it with caution. Stocked up with water, extra cans of baked beans and plenty of batteries for the cameras.
It was an amazing 5 day trip for us, we found it to be so different to the treeless , barren image that we had visualized. It is now all sealed, no bull-dust. Sure it had almost 1000 kilometres of arrow straight road, ( part of that road was designated an airstrip to allow the RFDS to land planes in emergencies) the wind was a strong side wind buffeting us, part was treeless but still interesting, the road trains roared past. But there were other parts of pure beauty when you could drive off the road and camp in the bush behind a thick clump of bushes and watch the sun go down. Side trips to view the ocean pounding in on the rugged cliffs of the great southern bight. Looking out to the south and realizing the next land fall was the Antarctic. No worries about fuel as approx every 300 to 400 kilometres would be a roadhouse selling very expensive petrol.
Another site that broke the journey was watching for quirky trees. A shoe tree, a bra tree, a hat tree, and then we spotted Santa Claus standing in front of a tree decorated with red and green streamers and baubles, it was December 20th 2010, until that moment Christmas had seemed a long way away.
So this leading line was the start of an iconic journey across the Australian desert wilderness from West to East…