West Coast Day 141 - Kalbarri to Perth

Thursday, Dec 10, 1998 at 01:00

ExplorOz - David & Michelle

We didn't have a long drive from Geraldton to our next stop, Leeman so we went back to the Post Office and arranged for our mail to be redirected to Perth. My books told me that Leeman was a tiny fishing village with a good reputation for windsurfing sites for both waves and slalom. Leeman plays host to the Snag Island Classic, a heat of the world slalom circuit in January and we took a chance that we might find a local with an old plank collecting dust in a shed that we could buy for David. My books also mentioned that an NASDS dive store operated boat trips out to the Beagle Islands where we were looking forward to diving with sealions.

It was early afternoon when we approached the outskirts of Leeman and a stiff breeze was blowing. My maps showed we were near a fresh water lake perfect for boating, waterskiing and windsurfing (so the brochures said).Unfortunately we arrived to find a large red sign advising people that the lake was infected with Ameoba Meningitis and that it could kill but not if you kept your head above water and avoided water getting in your nasal passages!!!!!!!! Needless to say, we did not stop there.

We drove into the little township and found the people incredibly friendly and willing to help us find a sailboard. We wrote a notice and pinned it up in the postoffice (which was also the service station, supermarket, and butcher). Later we found the dive shop (operating from home) and booked to go diving tomorrow or maybe Saturday depending on the weather (it was still blowing a gale).

With an early start planned for tomorrow we went to bed early with a simple meal of steamed vegies.
David (DM) & Michelle (MM)
Always working not enough travelling!
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