It was 12c when I got on the bike 7.30 in the morning, but still did the scenic ocean drive. Stretches for 11 miles (or at least I think so as last beach was called Eleven Mile Beach) First had a coffee and reason to wash up
The beaches were absolutely stunning
This one is called Twilight Beach. Would love to come back here in summer.
This blue lake used to be pink
Heard about the Nullabor golf course. Longest course in the world. Headed up north to Norseman and asked at the info office. Very kind lady explained how it works. Paid $70 and got scorecard. Missed few holes up at Kalgoorlie as I came from the south, so I start at Norseman where they had 2 holes. Rent clubs for $5 at each location across the Nullabor desert. Wanted to play and move east, but then Mandy walked in and everything changed. She asked me if I would mind carry a heavy box of promo leaflets and in exchange made me a coffee from her van. A very attractive lady, Chrissy Morrissy, joined us and I learned that she’s a producer/presenter of the show Destination WA (Western Australia) doing a program on Norseman. I said if she’s famous I want a photo
Mandy (she’s very persuasive) suggested that I should tag along and with the golf clubs strapped on the back of my bike I followed them into the bush where the head of the local Aborigines , Les Schultzs, showed and explained The Water Tree.
When the tree is young they cut it, put stones in the middle and it grows leaving a hollow.
It forms a natural well. Absolutely ingenious
Mandy’s van had everything!!
We then headed back to Lynn Webb’s studio, The Gallery of Splendid Isolation, where lunch was provided by the council. I had a few rolls and a samoosa. Delicious and free! But I was now part of the team😜 Head of the council is a South African from Port Elizabeth. Asked Lynn’s permission to take a few photos of his photos. This one looked to me like the road through my helmet
He said that he listened to some beautiful music of a band that Sia sometimes sings with. They’re called Zero 7 and the track is:
His photos are stunning! Check him out
Chrissy, the producer wanted footage of me playing golf so off we went.
This time I used my summer motorbike glove!
I took an 8 iron and must have been nervous with the camera behind me, as the ball didn’t went higher than a meter and in this direction
Con the cameraman said not to worry, he’ll make me look good on TV!
Went to the green and from 4 feet sank the put. Who said golf is difficult?!!!
They were going off to shoot further footage of the forest and agreed to meet up, but first I had a mission: At Dayly Waters I met Mike who’s cycling round the world. He said when I get to Norseman I must go to The Railway Hotel and give his love to Therese and that’s just what I did. Learned from her that Mike spent some time there helping her with renovations. She later joined him in Japan and she cucled the Gibb River Road with him. I think I brought good nemories back or at keast that’s what I saw in the faraway look in her eyes. She gave me the top room with a humongous jacuzzi
Siri said we’ll drown here so we never used it
On my way back to the golf course to play my two holes, I had to stop at the camels. Don’t know their significance, but since Broome I just love camels. These ones were on a roundabout with no sunset, but still…
My two holes were tough going. Hit a splendid 5 wood to the middle of the fairway on the par 5 but shortl game not so good and walked of with a 7
This par 4 played like a 5 and a nasty 7 on the card
This IS the fairway!!
I found this on the fairway
Joined the crew about 10km out of town on a gravel road. These trees are called the Salmon Gum because of their beautiful colour. There’s more than 800 species of gum in Australia and 100 odd can be found around Norseman. They sure exported the crappiest one to South Africa. Why didn’t they give us this one instead?!!
The water tree again
This hole goes down quite far almost like a well. I couldn’t resist to show what keeps me going.
On way back felt a bit arty and put my bike on the salt
Lynn came by and was kind enough to take photos of me and the bike
Had dinner together at the pub where more filming was taking place and starred again at the pool table, this time with a higher level of success than the golf. Also learned that Mandy is a jack of all trades and master of all. Apart from being in charge of Goldfields Tourism, she’s one heck of a pool player, is a counsellor of their county, was a gold chef (equal ro Michelin star), a life coach and the list goes on… Dynamite sure comes in small packets here. Mandy, thanks for a fantastic day. I’m glad I could carry your leaflets! Oh, almost forgot. Superwoman van also roll the perfect rollie although she doesn’t smoke anymore. She said I can do it, I’m just not positive enough😜
Back at the room Siri didn’t run me the jacuzzi as asked, but what a truly amazing day. One I won’t easily forget.
Went to sleep with 2 thoughts, I can chip and I can roll…