A rough road to Peak Charles

@JudyEv (137303)
Bunbury, Australia
July 26, 2018 4:12am CST
We have free-camped for three nights and now we’re parked up in Esperance in the south-east of Western Australia. As we have driven across the Nullarbor Plain from the eastern states, we have been out of range so have had no telephone and no internet. Now we’re busy powering up our camera batteries, etc. We had an interesting day yesterday. We planned to head west from the main highway to get to Peak Charles [651 metres (2,136 ft)] which is the third highest monolith in Australia, after Mount Augustus and Uluru. However we turned off too early onto a VERY rough track. We battled on for some distance then parked the caravan by a salt lake and went on in the car. When we opened the caravan door we were faced with quite a mess. All the herb bottles had jumped out of their racks and one had broken. Three small jars in the fridge-door compartment had all managed to unscrew their lids which were sitting in the shelves nowhere near their respective bottles and the capers had upended themselves in the shelf. The fire extinguisher had detached itself from its fastening but luckily hadn’t turned itself on. However we drove on to Peak Charles and cleaned up the mess when we got back. We spent a very pleasant evening by the salt lake. This morning we went on very slowly to the road we should have taken in the first place. But all is well now.
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@JohnRoberts (65218)
• Los Angeles, California
26 Jul
Every day is an unexpected adventure for you.
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• Austin, Texas
27 Jul
LOL. That's a perfect summary of this post.
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@JudyEv (137303)
• Bunbury, Australia
29 Jul
@JohnRoberts @cmoneyspinner I couldn't believe that the lids on the jars would undo themselves.
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@Jessabuma (33167)
• Baguio, Philippines
26 Jul
I am glad to hear all is well now. Love the attached photo.
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@JudyEv (137303)
• Bunbury, Australia
29 Jul
Peak Charles is a very pretty place. It's a shame the road was quite so rough.
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@Jessabuma (33167)
• Baguio, Philippines
30 Jul
@JudyEv that's nice
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• United States
26 Jul
With all the mess in the caravan it certainly sounds like that road was rougher than you expected. Glad you're enjoying your travels
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@JudyEv (137303)
• Bunbury, Australia
29 Jul
The corrugations were really bad. We're home now - got home this morning.
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@rebelann (43103)
• El Paso, Texas
26 Jul
Beautiful photo. Looks like you'll have a new project to figure out so the mess you have now won't happen again. I used to love to travel those rough roads, but I was fearless back then, not anymore.
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@JudyEv (137303)
• Bunbury, Australia
29 Jul
We packed things more carefully next morning as we still had some rough roads to negotiate but we didn't have any more damage.
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@rebelann (43103)
• El Paso, Texas
29 Jul
I'm glad you got that figured out @JudyEv
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@JudyEv (137303)
• Bunbury, Australia
31 Jul
@rebelann It was a good lesson for us.
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@LadyDuck (182823)
• Switzerland
26 Jul
You are having an adventurous journey Judy. I am glad that you only suffered minor damages, only one bottle broken, and a mess to clean up.
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@JudyEv (137303)
• Bunbury, Australia
29 Jul
We were lucky really. The road was very, very corrugated.
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@LadyDuck (182823)
• Switzerland
29 Jul
@JudyEv From what you wrote I imagine that you were not very comfortable either.
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@JudyEv (137303)
• Bunbury, Australia
31 Jul
@LadyDuck My teeth were just about chattering. It was really, really rough.
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@moffittjc (46316)
• Gainesville, Florida
27 Jul
Good or bad, you have been having some amazing experiences during your travels, all of which will make for great memories! I can only dream about taking a long cross-country journey across the US, so pat yourself on the back for actually doing such a fun trip! As I told you before, I love reading about all your adventures, because I can live vicariously through you! haha
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@JudyEv (137303)
• Bunbury, Australia
29 Jul
We got home this morning but it's been a great trip. And we managed to survive all the challenges that were thrown at us. It's been lovely to have so many myLotters enjoying our travels with us.
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@moffittjc (46316)
• Gainesville, Florida
29 Jul
@JudyEv I'm so happy to hear that you made it back home safely after your long adventure! isn't it great that you were able to take so many myLotters along the journey with you! I'm sure you were very excited to share your travels with so many of your friends!
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@JudyEv (137303)
• Bunbury, Australia
31 Jul
@moffittjc It was nice to think people were really interested and I guess some of the interest is because Australia is a bit different to their own country. I took photos of all sorts of things that would have no interest whatsoever for many of my fellow countrymen but I knew - or thought - myLotters would be intrigued.
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@HazySue (23842)
• United States
26 Jul
What a beautiful photo. Sorry you had a mess to contend with. Glad you are having a good time.
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@JudyEv (137303)
• Bunbury, Australia
29 Jul
I wouldn't have believed that jars could lose their lids on a bumpy road. We're home now and all is well.
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@HazySue (23842)
• United States
30 Jul
@JudyEv I didn't know that they could either. Glad you made it home safe.
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@JudyEv (137303)
• Bunbury, Australia
1 Aug
@HazySue Thanks.
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@MALUSE (44701)
• Uzbekistan
26 Jul
The photo could have been taken in the south of Italy.
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@JudyEv (137303)
• Bunbury, Australia
29 Jul
Is that so? We're supposed to have a similar climate.
@MALUSE (44701)
• Uzbekistan
29 Jul
@JudyEv This must be true. The photo proves it!
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@JudyEv (137303)
• Bunbury, Australia
31 Jul
@MALUSE Certainly we found the weather in France quite similar to much of our country.
@Hannihar (44401)
9 Sep
@JudyEv Sorry about the mess and the road you went on.
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@JudyEv (137303)
• Bunbury, Australia
9 Sep
It was a good lesson. We know a few things we need to do if we are going to go on rough roads.
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@Hannihar (44401)
9 Sep
@JudyEv ok, then I guess it helped you learn how to handle if it ever happens again.
• Philippines
27 Jul
Wow, that sounds like your having a wonderful moment with your family. I also love that thing to experience someday if hubby have enough time for us to stay. Now, he's very busy with his work. A lot of job need to prioritize and finish.
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@JudyEv (137303)
• Bunbury, Australia
29 Jul
We are now both retired so we have plenty of time to do these things. It can be difficult when you're working to find time to travel.
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• Philippines
29 Jul
@JudyEv that's glad to hear. Yes, true..time is really needed to bond with our loved ones. I hope one day we can spend more time together.
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@just4him (128781)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
26 Jul
I'm sorry you were faced with such a mess. I'm glad things are better now. Nice picture.
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@JudyEv (137303)
• Bunbury, Australia
29 Jul
I couldn't believe that things had shaken around so much.
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@just4him (128781)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
29 Jul
@JudyEv Sometimes it doesn't take much.
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@Ronrybs (7938)
• London, England
28 Jul
Sounds like caravans don't like going cross-country. At least there was no major damage
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@JudyEv (137303)
• Bunbury, Australia
29 Jul
This one has good clearance but it's not a true off-road model. Some are built for the outback tracks but not this one.
@jaboUK (55201)
• United Kingdom
27 Jul
Wow, that must have been rough to cause all that damage.
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@JudyEv (137303)
• Bunbury, Australia
29 Jul
I would never have imagined that jars could undo their lids like that! I was really astounded.
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@Lucky15 (33687)
• Philippines
26 Jul
hoping we can do the same thing in few years with my family :D travelling :D
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@JudyEv (137303)
• Bunbury, Australia
29 Jul
I'm sure you'll have a wonderful trip if you're able to do it. It's great fun.
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@andriaperry (61334)
• Anniston, Alabama
26 Jul
Sounds like one of the "go mud riding" roads around here the rednecks use. I am so glad to hear from you. What have I missed on the trip?
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@JudyEv (137303)
• Bunbury, Australia
29 Jul
I think you've kept up with most of out antics. We're home now and I'll have lots more to write now that I have internet again.
@Kandae11 (40358)
26 Jul
What is the weather like there?
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@JudyEv (137303)
• Bunbury, Australia
29 Jul
It's winter here so it's pretty cold and although we haven't had much rain on our travels we expect to get quite a bit more rain over the next few weeks.
@Freelanzer (9497)
• Canada
26 Jul
Are you now living the lives of caravan riding exploring hippies? That is one of my things to do. Exciting and adventurous times.
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@JudyEv (137303)
• Bunbury, Australia
29 Jul
It's all over now which is a bit of a shame. We got home this morning so it's 'normal living' for a while now.
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@xFiacre (5762)
• Ireland
26 Jul
@judyev it must be good to be out of phone and internet contact for a while. Glad you’re finding your way after your wrong turn.
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@JudyEv (137303)
• Bunbury, Australia
29 Jul
It's funny. I start to think I like not having internet but then I get all keen about sharing my stories with my 'virtual' friends. No-one else wants to listen.
@Icydoll (26230)
• India
26 Jul
Glad that everything is fine now Judy Photo looks nice.
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@JudyEv (137303)
• Bunbury, Australia
29 Jul
It's a lovely area and I'm glad we got to at least drive there.
@snowy22315 (54437)
• United States
26 Jul
Nice, pic..Why does no vegetation grow on it? Too hot and dry? Never mind, I do see some sparse growth..Some of the mountains in the western US are like that too as you know.
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@JudyEv (137303)
• Bunbury, Australia
29 Jul
Wherever there is soil there is vegetation but much of Peak Charles is just plain rock.