The highlight of my own long trip around the state was driving the Gibb River Road with my sister, Rachel. Concerned that I might be lonely or exhausted travelling so much alone with Bryn, she reshuffled her other commitments and flew up to Derby and back from Kununnurra to join me on this little adventure. It’s nice to have a friend who shares my passion for adventure and the outdoors, has a similar outlook on life, and has known me for forty years. We drove, camped, explored the beautiful gorges for which this stretch of country is famous, and set the world to rights with our constant chatter.
The Gibb River Road is a popular tourist destination in the Kimberley region of Western Australia, running some 700km from Derby to Kununnurra. Although we were warned of often poor road conditions and bad corrugations, the road does get graded now and then and at the time of our passage was in pretty reasonable nick. Traffic was a lot less frequent than I had anticipated and I found myself making mental notes about what a great cycle touring destination it would be in future – perhaps with a toddler in his Chariot, and lots of time factored in for exploration and swimming.
Thanks Rach, for coming, for doing the bulk of driving so that I could concentrate on Bryn duty, for the great photos and for being such a fabulous friend and adventure/travel partner as well as my awesome sis.