Feeling Lost

After the adrenalin wore off and we found ourselves back in our home town of Perth, Western Australia, I can't help but feel a little lost. 

 

It has taken over a week and numerous dead ends but our insurance company managed to find someone willing to go and get our car from the salty hole we left her in. 

AM Wreckers Group in Esperance took on the job. They got together three 4x4 and spent the over 18 hours driving, winching and fixing our car to make it possible to drive her back to town. 

The assessment has recently come in and we are looking at thousands of dollars worth of damage. Man are we glad we have insurance to cover all of this. Club 4X4 is a specialised 4X4 insurance and we luckily don't have to pay a cent. 

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In Perth we have luckily still had our old Hyundai Excel, a far cry from the comforts of our Prado but it gets us from A to B and that is all that matters. 

Last week I visited Stu in Kalgoorlie and on the way back decided to stop off at a few landmarks, breaking up the drive and learning a bit of our country's history along the way.

 

The Super Pit

Kalgoorlie is known for many things but gold is still the main object in this town. One of the biggest attractions (literally and figuratively) is KCGM (The Super Pit) 

This working mine is approx 3.5 kilometres long, 1.5 kilometres wide and around 700 metres deep. Producing around 800,000 ounces of gold every year which accounts for approximately 8% of Australia's gold output. 

Here you can watch the trucks tramming dirt up and down like ants going in and out of their nest. Sitting here as the sun begins to rise over the horizon, I feel tiny and a little insignificant compared to the shear size and impact this mine has on the people in this town and the earth. 

 

The Golden Pipe Line

After grabbing a coffee from Queen Bee's (the best coffee in town) I started to make my way towards Perth. 

The Golden Pipe Line runs along the road side for approximately 530km from Mundaring Weir in Perth to Kalgoorlie. It was completed in 1903 and was the famous creation of C.Y O'Connor. Taking around 5 years to complete it provides fresh water from Perth to Kalgoorlie and the goldfields. 

After receiving huge amounts of criticism from the public, media and politicians sadly C Y O'Connor never saw the incredible success of the pipeline, he committed suicide before the project was completed. 

Without this pipeline, the towns along this route would have a lot of trouble surviving and Kalgoorlie would not be the town it is today. 

Makes me think about how important it is to encourage people's aspirations instead of criticising them. How many people out there do not follow their dreams because of a remark made by another person. 

 

The Camel Farm

There was a small sign to a camel farm and I thought that would be fun. So down the red dusty gravel road I went only to find a big KEEP OUT sign and not a camel in sight.

Oh well sometimes when you follow signs and they don't always lead to where you imagine. 

Lindsey Pit Lookout

Located in the outskirts of Coolgardie I followed a dirt road until it became very soft and decided one bogged car was enough so I turned around. This mine looked to be abandoned, there wasn't any information about it as far as I could see just a fence to stop people falling in and a big old hole in the ground. 

Not the car for the job

I made a few more stops on the way but unfortunately my little car (and my bum) did not like the rough corrugated roads. I decided I better stick to the roads well travelled and the last stops would be to see the silo's that are a part of the Public Silo Art Trail. 

Merredin and Northam

The Merredin silo is on the Great Eastern Highway just on the outskirts of town. It was painted by a Western Australian artist Kyle Hughes-Odgers In August 2017. The grain silos are huge, standing approximately 35-metre high. It took the artist 14 days and 168 hours using 200 litres of paint, two lifts, 80 rollers and 10 brushes to complete this incredible work. 

There are two instalments in Northam and I got very lost following a dodgy map. When I did finally find them I was blown away. I can't even fatherm where you would start with these paintings. These artists are incredible and I hope to see more around the country. 

The Northam silo's were painted on 2015 by USA artist Hense and UK artist Phlegm. The paintings cover approximately 5500 square feet, took them around 16 days and used around 740 litres of paint. 

 

You can see the maps and more information at www.publicsilotrail.com

It was so good to take a small break from everything. On my way home I decided that the only way to move forward was to start looking at things differently. 

'We can always choose to perceive things in different ways. We can focus on what is wrong in life, or we can focus on what is right'

I choose to focus on what is right.