The incredible Nullarbor experience came to an end it was also time for us to take two different routes towards Perth. The decision was mainly because Ulrich wanted to spend a few days extra with his parent and I decided to cycle an extra 250km to see some of the places people told us about as we traveled through Australia.
I was really exited as I cycled to Esperance as so many people were talking about the beautiful beaches in and around this small coastal town. Personally I’m a huge fan of beaches and the see… There is just something about the smell as you get closer to the sea, the sounds of the breaking waves, dampness of your moist hands, taste of an Ice Cream cone and finally seeing the views of the sea. I can possibly go on and on about beaches I’ve seen in different countries and I’m looking forward in seeing a lot more in the future. Everyone has something special and different than the previous one.
The weather was not really something to talk about when cycled into Esperance but that did not stop me to go straight to Mc Donald’s and buy the famous and cheap Ice Cream Cones! It was a bit cold and the wind kept all the flags straight on their poles, but the Ice Cream still tasted so good after a hard head-wind cycle towards Esperance.
I found directions to the bicycle shop to buy MORE SPOKES and then decided to take the cycle route and go to see some of these amazing beaches everyone was bragging about. As I said the weather was not nice at all, but in the end I could not stopped cycling and did an extra 36km that day. Standing on top of the dunes and looking down on the beautiful white beaches and light blue crystal clear water was something to experience. I can sit there and stare for hours without talking to anyone or really thinking anything while you sit, watch and take it all in. Moment like these is some of my favorite moments in life and that is one of the reasons I enjoyed it so much living close to the beach in Cape Town.
Some of these amazing beaches at Esperance:
As the day came to and end I was struggling to find a place where I could pitch my tent or sleep on a beach. At that moment I was not in the mood to struggle and the weather had a big impact on how I felt at that point. I finally decided to switch on my cellphone (that I got that Ulrich and I can keep contact while taking different routes) and I got a message from Ulrich’s dad saying there are some people they know that said I could stay with them for the night. I felt like jumping up and down from joy, as this weather was not helping in building my courage to pitch tent for the night.
Morne found me with his bicycle next to the road as I cycled towards their house. As I came into their house they made me feel home straight away. We had so much in common and were chatting away as Stephanie (Morne’s wife) made us some dinner ☺ … and I needed a goooood meal for so long ☺ Just before dinner I took a quick shower and felt so much better! Nothing like a good, hot shower after a few days of cycling.
I asked them if I could stay for two nights as I was looking to take one rest day in Esperance after our long, tough and hard cycle through the Nullarbor. They had no problem and offered to show me around Esperance on the Sunday. I said they could decide where to go, as I don’t know so much on the area except the beaches everyone was telling me about. So after dinner, great talks and some sightseeing planning for the next day I went straight to bed to get a good nights rest in a warm and comfy bed ☺
Waking up after a good nights rest I could not wait to see what the Lizamore’s had planned for our day! After a lekker breaky we got ready to take the bakkie and set out towards Mt Ridley… and at that point had no idea what to expect of the sights we will be visiting. It was about an hours drive, 60km, to Mt Ridley and was very informative as Morne explained to me so much on the environment and what happened over the last few hundred of years. It was very interesting and that talks will make me to realize and look more into detail about the environment as our adventure continue.
Walking on the granite formation at Mt Ridley was something totally different and as we walked over, through and under these rocks I imagined myself back there a few hundred years back living there as it was a main source in getting water and surviving the intense weather of Australia.
There is also some hand drawings on the rocks of the ingigenous people. These are not the same, with so much detail as the Bushman drawings in South Africa, but was still very nice to see.
I also got the chance to see Mt Ridley’s version of Wave Rock (a bit smaller than the one in Hayden) and was an unbelievable sight to see. Looking at the Rock you can just think about how long it took the water to crave away rock until it looks like it do today. Its even more impressive if you think that this region only get 300 – 400mm rainfall per year.
The mana holes that they used to collect water when it rained:
Driving back to Esperance I was starting to think about what I should do before I leave town the next day. I started with my blogs when we got home and it took much longer than expected and after a while I decided to accept Morne’s offer to go for a motorcycle drive on the beach ☺ ☺
I have not been on a motorcycle since I sold mine over a year ago… not because I did not have the opportunity, but because letting it go was one of the saddest moments in my life. That feeling you get when you climb onto the motorcycle and rev it up is just one of those feelings I will always get before driving.
Hitting the white beach was incredible and it has been a long time since I drove on sand. Honestly, I a bit nervous, but at one point I just went at it! Knowing the basics to drive on sand, heart pumping like crazy and in the start felt like Im gonna fall all the time as the loose sand threw the bike in all directions and came to close to falling a few times. I just stood up, leaned back and speed up as the bike was gliding threw the soft and thick sand! Driving on motorcycles on one of Australias most beautiful beaches!! How cool is this!! Difficult to take in the views as my concentration was at the bike, but then we reached Cape le Grand… We just stood there while my tried to take it in… This is one of that moments that will never be erased from your memory the rest of your life.
With the biggest smile on my face we got back home and had this great feeling inside me…. Feeling free! This day turned out to be a perfect day. Morne handed me a beer as he lighted the fire because we are now gonna braai! Ok just a quick recap… Lekker breakfast, sightseeing, motorcycling on the beach and now a braai!!!
Braai vleis, potato bake, vegies, garlic bread and some salad were the perfect way to end the day. With a full stomach I went to my room and have a chat with my parents back in South Africa on skype. Was very lovely to chat with them and they were so glad I was at a house with great people that gave me a bed, shower and food. So after this perfect day I had I decided to stay one more day in Esperance 🙂
So, another rest day in the beautiful beach town in Australia. When I decided to take my journey past Esperance, I wished I could stay for a few days and actually joked with Ula when I said, “I might just stay 3 – 4 days”. This was my second day and it was the perfect time to do all the updates that needed to be done while I have Internet available. Morne brought some croissants and enjoyed them for lunch.! As the day progressed I decided that I might just take one more rest day :).
Morne made some Chinese stir-fry for dinners and was some of the best I ever had! I once again as them if I could stay one more night and they just smiled and said I can stay as long as I want to. I went to bed late that night as I made sure that I complete my Nullarbor blogs.
My Tuesday was more relaxed and I had time to Skype my dad and then I also talked to my silly sister. She will never change :). Was so wonderful that she had the time to talk to me. She brought me up to date (as she always do) with all the things that’s happening over there in Bloem and all the family members.
This was my last night in Esperance… actually sad to say it. Stephanie made garlic snails and hamburgers :). I never in my life ate so many garlic snails in my life like that night. We started with the snails and by the time I had to eat the burger, I could only manage to eat one! I wished I could eat one more but was to full of all the food we ate! This was also the first time I ate Kangaroo meat and would eat it again if I get the chance.
So…. Planning to be one day in Esperance and I ended staying four nights! I enjoyed Esperance with its beautiful beaches, Mt Ridley, great people and memories that will stay with me the rest of my life. Can’t wait to get back to Esperance one day and visit these two again!