This morning was bright and sunny with no wind or rain at Shelly Beach. We hitched up and headed west along the Eyre Highway. It appeared that 6 other vans at Shelly Beach Caravan Park also headed west – we’ll probably meet them on the road somewhere. Because there has been so much rain, the countryside is quite green at the moment.
Our first stop was at a rest area about 15 kms west of Penong. The weather was still very good so after a quick coffee and a stretch we headed further west along the highway. After a short while our big black rain cloud caught up with us and we found ourselves driving in heavy blinding rain. Not fun, especially when confronted with road train trucks with wide loads. We could not pull over so we just had to keep going and eventually we drove out of the rain and spotted a very nice rest area 21 kms west of Yalata. We really enjoyed our lunch in the sun.
After a refreshing break, we continued on to Head of Bight. This could only be described as an absolutely FANTASTIC experience. We turned off the highway and drove 12 kms down a very good road to the Head of Bight Lookout. We were very lucky today as there were 20 whales wallowing in the water near the coast. At first we could see the whales at a distance and that was good but then we realised that some of the whales were heading our way into shore. Three female whales with their calves moved over to the area in front of us and played and called to each other about 30 metres away! WOW! It was amazing. After a while we realized that we were freezing cold and wet as there was misty rain and strong wind, so we headed back to the van. We could not believe it when we looked at the time and realised that we had been whale watching for over 2 hours! This is something that we will never forget.
We continued west along the highway and stopped at the Nullarbor Roadhouse for fuel just before 5.30. While I was re-fuelling, the sky clouded over and looked very threatening. Ann went in to the Roadhouse for some bread and arranged for us to stay in the area behind the Roadhouse. There are some facilities here but we would prefer to use our own. We have not unhitched so we will be able to get moving early in the morning. It has been raining quite heavily since we stopped.
What a fantastic day!