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A circuit around the WA mid-west

JohnM

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Nice red dirt out there if you like that sort of thing. That tyre may not be repairable but I really am no expert.

It was my tyre - but it’s just a flesh wound... (apologies to Monty Python). 😜 It had a good 16500 km life, sadly cut short In brutal style.

Pic was sent to @Daver6 from the top of Mt Augustus. I had to hike up there to get Telstra. Believe it or not, only some weird operator called Optus has coverage at the Mt Augustus tourist park. 🙄😡

They were probaly averaging about 7 tyre repairs a day at Mt Augustus. They buy in second hand tyres from Geraldton - I guess by the truckload. Most repairs are replacements.
 

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Hoping JohnM is having a ball. Can't wait to hear his stories from this trip.

But I do hope he refrains from his usual expressed disdain at places that fail to meet his snobbish high expectations. I can imagine, already, that he veers just slightly off-path, due to his fancy tech guidance not quite being au fait with the West Aussie wilderness. Imagine him "trapped" in Meekatharra for a night! And his consternation of the pub not having high-end Uco Valley malbecs in stock!! The horror!!
 

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Then on to the site of a large historic shearing shed at Wooleen Station, unfortunately destroyed by a tornado a few years ago. It had a unique dome-shaped roof that obtained its strength from rolled corrugate iron, obviating the need for difficult to source timber trusses of large dimensions.

Wooleen is famous as a sheep station that has been destocked and is now a farm-stay business (About – Wooleen Station). It was featured in ‘Australian Story’ in 2012 ('It's this or we all walk off': Radical plan to bring bush back to life

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The kitchen and mess hall, built in the same style, remains intact.

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Then on to the site of a large historic shearing shed at Wooleen Station, unfortunately destroyed by a tornado a few years ago. It had a unique dome-shaped roof that obtained its strength from rolled corrugate iron, obviating the need for difficult to source timber trusses of large dimensions.

So, not so strong, then :) And I see you've reverted to your old habit of not clearing away the weeds before you photograph the interesting bits.
 

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Then it was on to Murchison Settlement (‘The shire with no town’ Home » Shire of Murchison) to camp for a couple of nights.

Wooleen and Murchison Settlement are both on the Wool Wagon Pathway (The Wool Wagon Pathway - Outback Pathways). There is a small museum at Murchison, a war memorial, shire offices, sports ground, a campground with small shop and a credit card fuel bowser. And that’s about it.

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Continuing north. Another river crossing, the overgrown remains of the original wool wagon track and some fossil beds.

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And the first encounter with the Kingsford Smith Mail Run (Kingsford Smith Mail Run - Outback Pathways) just south of Gascoyne Junction, where we stayed for the next two nights.

And some nice pics on the wall in the Gascoyne Junction caravan park tavern (which serves surprisingly good meals BTW).

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