Thumbs up, thumbs down

It’s almost four months since we left Sydney and some time since we did our last thumbs up/down post, so here’s another one …

Thumbs up for …

๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ Autopro and Repco branches who’ve helped us out with windscreen wipers and a false warning oil light in the last week or so, both with excellent customer service and ‘no dramas’ (as they say here).

๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ Our puncture repair kit, which we had to call into service for the second time when three out of four of our tyres were punctured in Kununurra. (See ๐Ÿ‘Ž๐Ÿผ point 2.)

๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ Meeting other blog, Facebook and Instagram posters in person. There is a huge community of folk sharing tips, recommendations and photos as they travel round Australia, and we’ve been grateful for many of their posts. This week we met Zalih’s Big Lap at Lake Argyle and we’re looking forward to running into a few others as we travel down the west coast.

๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ Free rest areas on long stretches of road (where you can park safely for the night). Double ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ for those which have a solid paved surface, a dump point and clean toilets.

๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ Waterholes, lakes and swimming pools in hot weather. The best we’ve found so far have been in Litchfield NP and Lake Argyle.

๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ Games that make long evenings more fun. Since we crossed into Western Australia and put our clocks on by 1.5 hours it’s dark by 6pm and the mozzies are out. We try to BBQ in the light then have plenty of time for Yahtzee, Bananagrams and Dobble.

๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ Audiobooks we both like. We’ve started several that we don’t agree on in terms of the subject matter, we find too dull or don’t find the narrator easy to listen to. We’re currently enjoying the Crackanory series and Blood Safari by Deon Meyer.

๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ Bread and cheese or peanut butter sandwiches for lunch. Again!

Thumbs down for …

๐Ÿ‘Ž๐Ÿผ Noisy generators.

๐Ÿ‘Ž๐Ÿผ Thorns and prickles disguised as grass.

๐Ÿ‘Ž๐Ÿผ The number of insects that get through the flyscreens each evening.

๐Ÿ‘Ž๐Ÿผ Chilli beer. Once was enough! ๐ŸŒถ

๐Ÿ‘Ž๐Ÿผ A sunburnt scalp. If you go into a swimming pool without a hat then get chatting, you’re doomed!

Swimming at Wangi Falls, Litchfield NP


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