Esperance, Western Australia
08.09.2010 - 10.09.2010 24 °C
The bus driver was not happy with me atall, he nearly drove right past me without bothering to pick me up! I was waiting in the wrong pickup place apparently; you know the one that the bus info helpline had ‘confidently’ given me directions too. Turns out this was outdated info and the new pick up point was about half a mile away! As I left on the bus for Esperance, rather relieved I have to say that the driver begrudgingly picked me up, my aunt got straight on the blower to complain ‘my niece has just travelled all around Asia on her own with no problems, then she comes here and gets this!’ Apparently, they took this on board and actually put some new signs up for the bus stop, so when you see these signs Kambalda folk, think of me and my aunt hehehehe!
The four hour bus journey to the south coast town of Esperance was unlike anything i had experienced in Asia though. For one thing, the bus was only a third full, not 130% full, there were DVDs playing, rest stops, seatbelts, even a toilet on board so no squatting by the side of the road HOW ABOUT THAT!!! Arrived quite late to check into my motel in a very deserted, alarmingly so, very windy Esperance. Not many overseas travellers tend to come here, well not in these months anyway, so apparently weekdays are very quiet. Not complaining atall though as this meant the next day, still rather windy and the sea choppy but lovely sunshine, I had all the beaches to myself again ! I had enjoyed my Rottnest experience so much that I decided to hire a mountain bike for the day and take off on my own. No tourists though, no bike hire shops open. I went into a sports shop and asked and the guys there very kindly ‘phoned a friend’ to help me out. So grateful for this, the owner of the minigolf club there opened up especially to hire me a bike. I was so happy again experiencing the freedom of riding along beautiful, dramatic and isolated coastline. The sand around Esperance is very white and the sea a beautiful turquiouse, the air is so fresh and there are spring wild flowers lining the coast. Just gorgeous. I cycled to Twilight beach, about 10km from Esperance and enjoyed having this beautiful place to myself. I ended the day with the biggest portion of fish and chips i had ever seen in my life! I made quite a dent in it too, I was very hungry after all the exercise and fresh air! I had to phone the lady at the minigolf again to get her to come out and take the bike back. We got chatting for quite a while and she even gave me a lift to the best fish and chip shop in town!