A day of great fun and discoveries in WA’s Wheatbelt

The most unexpected little adventures come from just going out and creating them, writes STEPHEN SCOURFIELD

Great Eastern Highway, heading out from Midland to Mundaring and into the Wheatbelt, isn’t exactly a road less travelled.

It’s a conduit to the Goldfields, trod first by me with barrows and now by road trains and low-loaders with mining gear.

But not this particular Saturday morning . . .

We leave home at 7am with the promise of another hot day in Perth, and drive east — where generally you’d expect it to be even hotter.

But an hour later we’re having pie breakfast at Bakers Hill, and it’s cool. There are the first spots of rain, and the sky is white-frosted with cloud.

Back on the road, the rain becomes more solid.

It persists all the way to Tammin, and when my phone bings with a message to say that I’ve entered the 4G Small Cell area there, the weather radar on the Bureau of Meteorology app shows a big shadow of rain covering a significant expanse of this part of the Wheatbelt, which would deliver 6mm.

It rains even harder on the way to Kellerberrin, where there’s a shaft of light when I find diesel for $1.29 at the United service station.

There’s plenty of life there, with utes pulled up and a run on bags of ice for fold heading to Woodstock — Live at the Hayshed, the country muster in Kellerberrin last Saturday, with special guest Daryl Braithwaite.

The rain persists, which seems appropriate, given that the original Woodstock concert, in the town of Bethel, New York, in 1969 was pretty much washed out.

We drive on through Cunderdin (which we’ll stop in on the way back) to Merredin, where rain runs out of drain pipes and sits in puddles on the road.

The most unexpected little adventures come from just going out and creating them.

This is an edited version of the original, full-length story, which you can read here.

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