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  1. Driving out of Wongan Hills early on Saturday morning was entering into a world of fog when the question came over the CB Radio from Ron – ‘Can you see the sun?’- the only indicator that we were all going the same way. The sun dried up the fog quite soon and it became a really beautiful day as we headed into Paynes Find and to PilRoc Retreat where we were made very welcome by Dave and Gail. Gail runs an animal rescue centre for joeys and different species of birds. Watching Dave feed the eagles was a really uplifting experience. A large group of locals arrived for a dinner – a most enjoyable evening. Small cakes decorated with Breast Cancer, Prostate Cancer and Tail End Charlie logos was a highlight.
    From Paynes Find we passed through Mt Magnet to where ladies from the CRC came to welcome us at Cue.
    A meeting was arranged with Richard, Margaret & Gary, friends of Dicks, who took us to see an abandoned gold mine before returning to their lease for our overnight camp – an enjoyable evening around the campfire.
    An early start saw us heading via Kumarina towards Newman, where we bush-camped at a beautiful dam to enjoy the magnificent sunset.
    Day 5 we passed Roy Hill to Nullagine where the children were away, being school holidays, but the RFDS doctor was there for his weekly visit and he and the nurses were pleased to see us. Then on to Marble Bar and a chance to see the very beautiful jasper and Chinaman’s Pool before camping in their very comfortable caravan Park. By this time the weather had warmed up considerably, more comfortable than the ice on the windows at Paynes Find!
    Our evening meal was enjoyed at the Iron Clad Hotel where Foxy greeted us and Derek discovered a distant relative and we met a pleasant group of Victorians from the Coates Wildlife Tours. Marble Bar is not just famous for its colourful jasper, but for the number of consecutive days over 100F degrees , 160 days – in 1923-24! Luckily it was a balmy 28 degrees celsius.

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