As we trecked through the endless fields of wheat and equally as many wheat bins and grain storage areas we were continuously battered with a 100km/h head wind. Lets just say Larry and his fuel economy were not impressed. A fuel tank that usually took us close to 500kms now only carried us 300km. We knew the wind and pounding rain was relentless but this really proved it. On we pushed through the horrendous weather and then Judy started to get caught up in the moment a few times- kicking her tail out on a number of occasions just to keep Larry and Tristan on their toes... Or should that be wheels and toes...you know what we mean!
Half way through the journey we all needed a break for lunch. Ravensthorpe... Or Ravey as it was known locally was the destination. As we walked into the Ravey Country Kitchen we were greeted by two of the most Aussie blokes you would ever meet. But gee could they cook! A mean sausage roll and bowl of chips it was and before we could even ask "you want some dead horse brother"? yelled one of the blokes running the show. After a good feed back out to the wind it was.
We managed a head wind the whole way. By the time we hit Hyden Tristan was exhausted by the shocking road conditions we had all faced, add in the constant flow of road trains hauling grain spitting waves of water across our side of the road.
It was a tough day.... Until Tara mentioned that the caravan park was 18 Km's out of town. "But it's okay, thats 18km's less when we head to Albany"! (Nevermind the 18km's back to Wave Rock the next day!!)
When we arrived at Tressies Caravan Park, we were greated by two of the friendliest grey nomads we have met this whole trip. Unfortunately the owners were in Perth but the caretakers were wonderful. As we walked through the door we were taken back by the amazing collections the owner had on display. The Arnotts tins around the top of room were amazing but we still think Ronn (Tara's dad) has more tins than Tressie but his collection of other antiques and his way of categorising them was fascinating.
Wave Rock was exactly as it looked in all the pictures. Reading about the way that the early settlers used the rocks was just as intriguing as the formation itself.
Tristan and Tara had a quick surf and took many photos before a walk across the top, in thongs...didnt think about appropriate footwear.
We weren't going to go to Hyden or Wave Rock as it was a bit out of the way...but we are so glad that we did in the end. It was very worth it!
Thanks Hyden. Next Stop- Albany xx