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Harms Lake Rest Area, WA

S 32°13'27" E 123°22'37

Wed 20 Nov 2002

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We filled up with water and bought 30 litres (11 USgal) of spring water because the word is that water is hard to come by across the Nullarbor.

We covered the first 200 km (120 miles) of the 2000 km (1200 mile) journey to Ceduna. We have promised to be there by 29 or 30 Nov to help Ross Kassenbaum manage the mini rally there over the period of the Eclipse celebrations.

Our overnight camp sites on of the best rest areas along the Eyre Highway with plenty of room and distance from the highway The country we have passed through from Norseman to here was a complete surprise. The mallee forest is very dense and green and the roads are provided with very big runoff ditches which signifies that when it rains here it really rains. The elevation is between 300 and 400 metres (1000 and 1300 feet) above sea level which was also a surprise.

A week or two ago there was a very big bush fire about 50 km (30 miles) east of Norseman. We saw the burnt out understorey along 20 km (12 miles) of the highway. The road seems to have acted as a good fire break when the wind was from the north because there were only one or two small spots where the fire had crossed to the south side of the highway. The fire doesn't seem to have done a lot of damage as most of the trees we could see were still standing.

We saw our first raptors for many days and also a Western Bearded Dragon on the road, happily avoiding the traffic.

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