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Day 32 – The Nullarbor Hotel to Port Lincoln

I got a sleep in this morning until 5 am. Once up, I headed out to check the beautiful sunrise. Normally, I don’t have time for this but we saved some time as the planes were parked right beside our rooms at the Nullarbor Hotel. This is what all good hotels should have!

A Nullarbor sunrise.

It was so quiet – apart from the road trains passing by occasionally – & the faint hum of a generator powering the hotel in the distance. It was nice to enjoy the moment.

I was really hankering for an egg & bacon toasted sandwich for breakfast &, as all good roadhouses should have, I managed to get one. It was a promising sign for a good day ahead! Also, the weather forecast was looking good too. It did mention light rain showers at Ceduna & Port Lincoln with a cloud base of 8,000 feet – but this never eventuated.

After a quick team photo with the nothingness behind us, we got going & headed off toward our refuelling stop for today, Ceduna.

The team at the Nullarbor Hotel with the nothingness behind us.

I had anticipated for close to 1.5 hours of flying to Ceduna, but once we got up in the air, I had a ground speed of 138 knots. I was really moving! Yesterday, all my cameras ran out of power so I missed getting a shot of the cliffs around the Nullarbor area. When I took off today, one of my cameras played up so I missed my second opportunity. However, I positioned one of my cameras looking straight down so at least I had one camera that could capture the cliffs.

Nullarbor cliffs.

It was a beautiful morning flying! This is when I really enjoy the experience! Smooth air, blue skies & even though it was cold outside, I had the sun shining in, warming me up. With the great tailwind, it took us a little over an hour to get to Ceduna. I was tempted to ask the rest of the team if they wanted to keep going & head straight to Port Lincoln, but my bum wouldn’t have agreed to that length of time in the seat.

Ceduna had a really nice airport, but there were lots of flies! We refuelled & started eating our sandwiches, prepared by the Nullarbor Hotel. As I took a bite of the sandwich, I swear I ate a couple of flies! They were atrocious, the worst we’ve encountered around Australia. It’s very difficult to balance a cup-a-soup in one hand, a sandwich in the other, while trying to shoo flies away from everything.

We took off at around 12.30 from Ceduna & got a lovely tailwind again. At one stage, I even got up to 140 knots ground speed (30 knot tailwind). The weather stayed perfect & we just followed the coast down, taking a few snapshots along the way.

Coastal views.

As we approached Coffin Bay, 3 aircraft radioed me asking my location. They had set out from Port Lincoln Flying Club to meet me & the team, & to escort us in. Thanks so much to Mick Hart, Kym Roach & Lyall Jaensch for this great welcome! It was awesome! I think they thought we would be going direct into Port Lincoln, but instead we all took the longer scenic route down south to West Point before heading back up to Port Lincoln. I’m determined to follow the coast around Australia as much as possible.

My welcoming escort – shown here with Mick flying in his RV6 to my left – with a wind farm in the background.

After landing at Port Lincoln, there were a lot of people waiting to meet me & the team. Thanks so much to Barry Besold & the Port Lincoln Flying Club for such a great, warm welcome – where I had the opportunity to speak with so many wonderful people!

Port Lincoln Flying Club.

Thanks to Peter Woolford & also Paul from Port Lincoln Passenger Service for helping with our transportation while in Port Lincoln. We also greatly appreciate the support of the Port Lincoln Flying Club & the Port Lincoln Hotel for helping us with our accommodation for tonight.

Me with Pamella & Barry.

All the team went for dinner with Barry & his wife Pamella & also Peter who also helped with our transportation. We had a great night!

Just 2 more flying days to go! (not that I’m counting).

Over & out,

Dave.

8 thoughts on “Day 32 – The Nullarbor Hotel to Port Lincoln”

  1. Hi Dave, Linda and crew.
    My last night here in Honiara, and I had downloaded about 30 of your pix and dropped them into a PowerPoint and showed them to my 43 Solomon Island trainees who were very interested and absolutely blown away by what you have achieved. (Ask Josh what that would have looked like…).
    Hope the rest of the trip goes without a hitch, and that your return to the “normal” world of Melbourne ends up having a tinge of the surreal – has this really happened?..
    I’ve particularly enjoyed the fantastic scenery shots – plus those early morning silhouettes.
    Keep safe; have fun’
    Chris

    1. Hi Chris,
      Thanks so much for all your support & loaning us your son. Josh has been great. We are all looking forward to getting back to the big smoke on Monday.
      Thanks for sharing the story of our trip with the Honiara locals.
      Cheers,
      Dave.

  2. Dave

    What a great trip you are having. Isabelle Has kept me posted every step of the way. My very best to you and Linda and all your supporters. I root for you all the way!

    John

  3. Hi Dave – great pics mate. All the best for the last bit of the trip, what a brilliant achievement.
    Malcolm

  4. Well done Dave, I glad that all is going well for you. keep safe.
    See you and Linda @ the office soon
    Jane :O)

    1. Hi Jane,
      Thanks for your message. I’m having a couple of weeks off before heading back to work. I need the rest after this huge trip. See you when I get back.
      Cheers,
      Dave.

  5. Hi Dave, David Werner here, (S Decathlon, VH-BWM Tooradin), I am now living in Erbil, Northern Iraq, and have followed every day of your magnificent achievement. Congratulations and look forward to seeing you when I am next out there.
    Well Done to you and your team. Best Regards………..David.

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