So it was with a heavy heart (fried rice the night before causing the burn) and empty wallets (skimpy tax) we left Kalgoorlie very early to make our way to Merredin. A relatively (for this trip’s standards) short journey of 3 and half hours. Quite soon into our journey we stopped at Coolgardie. A ghost town now but at at it’s peak was the third largest town in Western Australia.
This guy “Disco” aka Stuart Syme is our Stage Manager and he told me that Coolgardie was the birthplace of the fridge. Yeah right, Cool Gardie I get it. I thought he was having me over but he wasn’t. It’s here – but brilliantly Coolgardie wasn’t named that because of the fridge thing, it’s just one of life’s beautiful coincidences.
On our way we called at a few towns, had a couple of stops – saw a big fence:-
I’m smiling on that picture, to be fair it was the only time I wasn’t wafting away flies and or spitting them out after they’d flown into my mouth. Eventually we arrived at our accommodation at Merredin :-
I have to be honest, the picture does it more justice than I found it. I think I might have had a dud caravan, no-one else seemed to complain. I didn’t really rest that well, I don’t know if it was the jet lag kicking in or I was put off by the fact that my particular caravan had a room that was locked off. I shudder to think what was behind it.
It was here that I first found out that in Australia they call bedding and stuff like that ‘Manchester’.
We had some nice food at the local pub. What’s great about this trip is how everyone is fully attentive at dinner, the banter just flows…..
These guys are just non-stop chatterboxes. The gig that night was at this amazing theatre :-
It’s beautiful – it’s run by a bloke from San Francisco, has had AC/DC play there and was relocated brick by brick from the aforementioned Coolgardie in 1927. I really liked Merredin, it felt like a great town, the people were really grateful we’d come to their town and I was glad we had too. Early night for us as we had to be up for 7 – for a nine hour trip to Geraldton.
Kilometres travelled by road – 334
Music listened to – Paul Kelly – Stuart is a big fan, I think I quite like it, not sure if it’s the road or not but, have a listen if you are on Spotify
Kangaroos seen – 7 dead ones (seriously heart breaking)
Favourite bit of another comedian on the bill – Daniel Towne’s ‘Tongue in Cheek’ bit – he’s on at the Edinburgh Fringe too in August – you’ll like him