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Across the Nullarbor - Day 4

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by Outrageous Jones (subscribe)
but you can just call me Ray. My life is full of great experiences, made better for sharing.
Published January 1st 2019
How the west was won
Day 4

Nullarbor Roadhouse to Cocklebiddy via a sneaky track to the dangerous cliffs, Lookout 1 and Lookout 2.

Accommodation: Cocklebiddy WedgeTail Inn $140
Surprisingly good basic accommodation. Great staff and ample good food in the restaurant. Not much to do here though - the eight ball table had a solid workout.

Nullarbor Roadhouse
Original Nullarbor Roadhouse

In order for him to beat the heat of the day, we offered to wake global cyclist and new friend, Dave Hayles at 5am and monitor his progress, which Mrs Jones dutifully did. We took his 3rd battery pack back to bed with us for 3 more hours and finished its charge. We had agreed to meet him with it along the road.

Nullarbor Roadhouse, David Hayles
David Hayles on the road

He was a beautiful, quaint, trusting soul reminiscent of Dianne Fossey or the Attenborough Brothers, who had dedicated his life to wildlife preservation. We left around 8am SA time and made the date, without question, at the 65 km mark from the roadhouse with 110km' to go on his day's journey. It was still cool and we think he may only have had 40kms to do in the heat. We found him breakfasting on a Kit Kat and recorded a video for his family to view on Facebook.

Nullarbor, Camels, Kangaroos, Wombats
Only in Australia would you see a sign like this

BundaCliffs Nullarbor
Bunda Cliffs on the Nularbor

Bunda Cliffs Nullarbor
The Bunda Cliffs are amazing and close to the road

We had completed a duty to our new friend Dave and ventured on via the wonderful Bunda Cliffs lookouts, to a morning tea break at Nullarbor Border Village, where we munch our last crudités and hummus and leave our remain fruit, veggies and honey in the Quarantine bin. Just over the border, we are accosted by friendly Eucla Police conducting the most remote 8 am random breathalyser and license check ever, clearly not much crime happens in Eucla. Then unremarkably on to a lunch break at Madura.

Nullarbor, Madura, Lunch
Abundant Hamburgers for Lunch at Madura

There, abundant, unfinishable hamburgers, left us with a short 1-hour drive to our next accommodation at Cocklebiddy and Samantha and Bruce, the local Wedge-Tailed eagles. Another unique wildlife experience, rescued Wedge Tailed Eagles who seem very healthy in their enormous cage. While we would prefer them free, they appear to have a good life for juveniles who have known no life in the wild.

Wedge Tailed Eagles, Nullarbor, Cocklebiddy
Samantha and Bruce- Rescued Eagles

The staff, facilities, food, and service are again clean, friendly and ample. Staying along the Eyre Highway offers no 5-star resort life, but as outback experiences go, these people run excellent businesses in difficult circumstances. Who would begrudge them the higher prices which are kept modest by careful choices
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