Day 114 – Thursday, 15 September 2022

We didn’t have to rush this morning as it is only about 90 kilometres from Mullewa to Mingenow, our new home port for the next twelve days. It is the latest departure time from a caravan park in ages.

We headed out the gate at 9:40am taking extra care on the turn onto the highway as it is a negative camber, and the road is frequented by road trains from Mt Magnet.

We had a few more negative camber spots to negotiate on the Mullew-Mingenew Road, one of them turning a corner where the ESC (Electronic Stability Control) kicked in to keep Shadow on the straight and narrow, and to remain stable.

We arrived at Mingenew about 11:00am. The Mineral Springs Caravan Park (so named because it sits on a spring which was the central stopping point in pioneer days gone by) is lovely. It has a very active bird population among the old gum trees, and we have grass outside our door, which hasn’t happened in a long time either.

After a late morning tea, we put down the ground sheet and put out the awning as we will be here for the next twelve days.

The weather now is very overcast, and we had a light sprinkle of rain during the journey, but the temperature is hovering around the 18-degree mark. The next two days are expected to be lovely ones, before the next cold front sets in.

We will have lots of exploring to do in this area to the east and the west, as well as south of us. We will need a quick visit to Geraldton tomorrow as the Navara needs more coolant and Crudelli’s could not get the Nissan one that does not invalidate the warranty on the vehicle.

I meant to mention that the last time we were at Geraldton Russ was very amused when we left Chemist Warehouse as I tried to get into a Ford Ranger in almost our colour of Hornet Gold, which was two cars away from where we were parked. He stood on the pavement holding his hand across his mouth and waited to see how long it would take me to realise that it was the wrong car. I told him to enjoy his amusement as I have a long memory!!!!