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Where are we now? Cook

Train taking on water at Cook

When I went to Perth on the Indian Pacific in 1980 with Emma the train called into a number of small communities, whose sole purpose was to service the train and the railways. All goods were brought to the towns by the train.
On this trip the train stopped for water and fuel at only one community, Cook, but much has changed.

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Canning Stock Route – Things along the way

Camping under desert oaks at Lake Disappointment

Camping under desert oaks at Lake Disappointment

The land we travelled through was mostly Indigenous Protected Areas (IPA lands) which require a permit for access.

An Indigenous Protected Area is an area of Indigenous-owned land or sea where traditional owners have entered into an agreement with the Australian Government to promote biodiversity and cultural resource conservation. Indigenous Protected Areas make a significant contribution to Australian biodiversity conservation – making up over a third of Australia’s National Reserve System.

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Canning Stock Route – 2

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We were 16 passengers of mature age who had all travelled with Outback Spirit previously. There were 4 terrific blokes who drove the purpose designed vehicles, set up camp, cooked our meals, provided information on the track and the Surveyor Alfred Canning, and kept the show on the road.

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Canning Stock Route – 1

Map of the Canning Stock Route from Wikepedia.

Travelling the Canning Stock Route was an incredible experience. We were 16 passengers of mature years with 4 incredible blokes in 2 4 wheel drive vehicles towing trailers and 2 6 wheel trucks. We are on the track for 14 days and saw half a dozen other vehicles and one Polish fellow riding a bike along the route.

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It is different here – Broome

Cable Beach - haze is due to bushfires.

Cable Beach – haze is due to bushfires.

Broome is different, not just the climate and the fact that it has 2 seasons, wet and dry but perhaps because it is 3382 km from Sydney or 5 hours flying time. One guide talking about the history of the pearling industry said that in the early 20th century laws made by Perth or Canberra were taken as a recommendation.

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Canning Stock Route

Canning Stock Route & Indian Pacific

Canning Stock Route & Indian Pacific

The purpose of this trip is to travel down the legendary Canning Stock Route.
However first I need to fly to Broome where I will join the 16 day Outback Spirit tour which ends in Newman. We then fly to Perth. Being a train buff I will return to Sydney by the Indian Pacific.

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Why I write

Seen while walking to bus stop in London. Wonder who puts in the fresh rose.

Seen while walking to bus stop in London. Wonder who puts in the fresh rose.

I was recently asked by Kathy at 50 Shades of Age to take part in a Blog Hop as to why I write my blog. So thanks Kathy and I will try to follow the lead set by so many great bloggers. I will follow the 5 set questions.

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Places where history changed

Corner where Archduke Ferdinand was shot in 1914

Corner where Archduke Ferdinand was shot in 1914

Today 28 June we have heard much of the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand in Sarajevo 100 years ago; the event that sparked the beginning of the first World War. I was lucky enough to visit Sarejevo last year and of course the first place I visited was that corner. However it was the more recent events of the 4 year siege 1992 to 1995 and the massacres in Srebenica, where 8000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys were killed, that had a very strong impact on me. These were not in far gone days but only 20 or so years ago.

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Travelling on trains

Across Mongolia

Across Mongolia

I am about to start on a 3 week trip to the North Island of New Zealand which includes a train trip, the Auckland Wellington Northern Explorer, described by The Man in Seat Sixty One as

..an epic 681 kilometre (423 mile) journey right across the interior of the North Island, taking you in a single day past every kind of scenery there is, from coastline to volcanoes to mountains, from lush green farmland to thick New Zealand rainforest.

This has made me think about the train journeys I have done and why I am so enamoured of travelling by train.
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2013 Trip from Beijing to Vienna and beyond

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This trip will be in three parts;

  • Beijing to Istanbul overland by train and bus, 45 days  Starting in Beijing 3 May 2013
  • Istanbul to Vienna  through Romania, Hungary, Serbia, Croatia and Slovenia by train, 6 weeks
  • Vienna to the Black Sea along the Danube River. 12 days

 

Click on link for a more detailed itinerary.         Map of trip

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