Really hard to sleep last night as it was still so hot. I had thought that it would be cooler 800km south but obviously I was incorrect as usual. Hopefully that would be the last night in that heat as Geraldton (where I was aiming for) should be a lot cooler. Anyway, woke up at 11 thinking it was at least 3am and that I would just start getting ready slowly until the sun came up when I could recommence my journey, only to look at the clock and be sorely disappointed. Opened the door for 10 minutes and tried to cool down a bit, then managed to get to sleep again.
Waking up at a far more reasonable time of 5am I used the free showers and headed off again. 13 hours of driving stopping only when I needed fuel, a bathroom break or a leg stretch, and over 1000km driven I arrived further south than I intended, back in Cervantes (only 200km north of Perth). So a pretty successful day, unless you factor in the $$$ spent on fuel, the revolting fish and chips from the Overlander roadhouse and the incident in which I may or may not have killed a bird. I was surprised that only one bird hit my window. These kamikaze birds were flying so fast and so close to my car all the way from Karratha to Cervantes I was surprised there were not more fatalities.
I say 'not more fatalities' as, sadly, around Jurien Bay I became a murderer of the local wildlife and killed a parrot who was calmly sitting in the middle of the road minding its own business. But at over 100km/hour it's a little hard to avoid such a tragedy. The parrot suddenly noticed a huge white object hurtling towards it and tried to fly off but was unfortunately not quick enough. It hit the front of the car and looking in the wing mirror, I saw a plume of feathers and a small pink and grey body cast aside. Poor, dead parrot :(
Anyway, I drove until 7pm growing increasingly worried that I was past my time limit and of the kangaroos I saw grazing at the sides of the road. I made it to Cervantes without (another) incident (bar the Perentie casually strolling across the road which I initially thought was a crocodile) and parked in the same spot we had parked in on our journey north.