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Long Load on John Willcock Drive, Geraldton

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Hi I'm Jack, weekends are too short, so I love to make the most of the time we have. I also love cooking and occasionally write a blog of the food I love to cook, if you'd like to join me for dinner, click here
Published June 16th 2012
I was in Geraldton for the June long weekend and roaming around town on the Saturday morning with my 9 year old nephew, when he asked if we could go to see the lighthouse on the beach at Point Moore - an area he has developed a passion for since commencing surf lessons at a nearby beach. I let him give me directions on how to get there, even though I knew the way; his way was not as direct as mine and we sort of got a bit lost along the way.

We worked our way out eventually to John Willcock Drive, he had no sooner piped up to say turn that way, which I did, when all of a sudden a Police car coming toward us veered to our side of the road and blocked our path. The nine year old in the back seat eyes light up the size of dinner plates, think he thought it was like Starsky and Hutch or something, but then he is only nine so maybe not!

The officer wound down his window and asked that we stay put as there was a big load coming through, no sooner had he said it and a cab over Volvo came towards us with a long, no very long load, it was not until he navigated his way around the corner that we were to discover his payload was a 20 metre blade for a wind mill. There is a wind farm out towards Walkaway, I can only guess it may be headed that way, the towers when complete stand 80 metres tall, the span of the three blades is 40 metres and they make an awesome whooshing sound as they cut through the air.

To be up so close to this one was truly amazing, seeing just how big those blades are.
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Where: John Willcock Drive, Geraldton
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