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Get your motor runnin ‘ …. Head out on the highway ! ! !

Head out on the highway !

So as I mentioned in a previous post , I took the epic road trip across Oz and promised I would follow up with more stories so I will start with my first night on the road. I left Darwin at around 11.30 am and quickly realized my CD player didn’t work. I thought ok sweet Ill pull over when I get to Katherine ( the next town with more than one shop) and I would by some tapes as the tape player worked fine. I got to Katherine and  thats when I discovered  they don’t sell tapes anymore not even in the outback where everyone knows they are 20 years behind the rest of Oz – I mean I saw magazines on sale dated back to 1999 yet no tapes for sale !! This was bad. I had 3700kms to go and the landscape (pictured above) was not the most exciting I ve seen . I ended up pulling in to a pub just out of Mataranka which is around 100kms south of Katherine and me and Chaos started to set up our camp for the night.

I got him settled then went  to the bar to order a meal and get some ice for the esky. Once I had this sorted I went back to the truck with my ice and my meal , had a beer , made small talk with the oldies camping on my left with their grand kids then went to bed.

The next morning I woke up and keen to get as much road behind me that day as possible I hit the showers , packed up the troopy and went to start the motor. That s when things went down hill – I couldn’t start the car as I had lost my bloody keys !!! Panic stations !!

I ended up telling the whole pub plus most of my fellow campers what had happened so everyone was on the lookout. I had the old bloke from the camp next door about to do “bush mechanics” on my troopy so I could start it with 2 wires when my savior in the form of the pub maintenance man came screaming around the corner on his 4 wheeler motorbike , my keys dangling in his hand – Yay !! (Turned out that I left them on the bar the night before while I was picking up my ice and dinner ).

Crisis over I was finally on my way at around 10.30 am .. 3 hrs after I originally tried to leave … Stay tuned , more from this trip coming soon 😉

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What you can find in the middle of nowhere ….

  What you can find in the middle of nowhere ....

This is a classic example of a typical Aussie outback pub. The Larrimah Wayside Inn is a pub / restaurant /caravan park/ mini zoo located on the Stuart Hwy just south of Katherine. They reckon they have the tallest bar in the territory – its 184.04 meters above sea level – of course thats not the top of the bar 😉 .I stopped here on my treck from Darwin to Albury – Wodonga and thought it was one of the best pubs I had seen  – I was disappointed I didn’t have enough time to stop and have a beer with the locals. I did have time to have a quick look around though and not only does this pub have a giant panther sitting outside , it also has a mini zoo around the back and a room full of snakes (its ok they are in aquariums !). There is also the famous tinnie wall which I guess is a tribute to beer cans …. So if your in Australia and just happen to be traveling southbound down the Stuart Highway pull in and check it out !

Photo : taken by me 😉

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