DAY TWO, MONDAY:
Day Two: From Perth to Geraldton
We hit the ground running, well, we would be if we were not riding….but it is a whirlwind day filled with adventures and unexpected treasures…..but then again,, every day is such.
Heading north ---
The town of New Norcia.
First we stop off at the town of New Norcia and the Benedictine Monastery. The monastery is the heart and soul of New Norcia. From the very first years of the monastery in the 1840s, the rhythmic life of monasticism has guided the town. That was truly a fascinating visit and of course, we toured the monastery, as well as learned about its history and how it is interlinked with that of the town. Needless to say, we all had to stop at their gift shop, where I got a safari hat since my other hat is somewhat stained up, as well as some of the New Norcia Olive Oil, their delicious fresh bread, and two books about the Nyoongar Aborigines.
The Abbey Church
The Abbey Church was particularly inspiring because it houses one of only two large Moser organs crafted in Germany and imported to Australia in the 1920s. Amazing to listen to the sounds of that echoing throughout the church as well as outside. One of the things that I found so fascinating was the walls of the church walls which display a rare form of art called “sgraffito” alongside more conventional and familiar religious icons and paintings.
Of course, since we have many more miles to go before we sleep this night, we must leave this very interesting place and keep moving on up the road apiece.
uh oh....... diversion time...and what a diversion it is........Just outside of Moora, we stop at The Wildflower Interpretive Center where we tour the wildflower farm and tour the drying sheds. Flowers....so many flowers.......wow, I am in flower heaven. I love the odd quirky names of some of the flowers....
common donkey orchid
and the gorgeous many-flowered fringed lily no, that is not one of the odd named ones but I just loved the way it looked.
But we cannot linger, for we must get on our way, for there is much more to see today and we go to the town of Moora, where we are enthralled by the town clock sculpture
and the fascinating wall paintings on the community buildings and sculptures
and the war memorial and sculpture in Centenary Park
then it is on the road again as we once more make our way to Geraldton.
hmm, what's this....yet another diversion.........wow!! and what a diversion it is. fields of flowers as far as the eye can see.... just amazing.......no, this is not the one that we saw, but it will give you an idea of just how gorgeous the flowers were. Everlasting daisies are one of those that have a short flowering season so we were very lucky to get to see this.
Then on the way back to the road, we spy a baby Wreath Lechenalutia
as well as an upside down pea, which was very interesting.
Lots of cameras flashing, needless to say.....
then once again we are off and we make Geraldton by tea time.. and we were certainly ready for it.
Geraldton is a port in the Mid West region of Western Australia, located 424 kilometres (263 mi) north of Perth. . The town is an important service centre for regional mining, fishing, wheat, sheep and tourism industries. One of the outstanding and unusual features of the main street is a mosaic which commemorates all the nationalities that have been in the area. My shot of that didn't pan out, but I am hoping to get a copy of one from Gail.
Then it is on to the lighthouse which has a lovely view of the local beaches and the Indian Ocean.
Then, one of the highlights of the day.....welllll, among many others.......it is so difficult to narrow these down to just one or two.... is theHMS Sydney Memorial
"The memorial for the World War II cruiser HMAS Sydney is located on top of nearby Mount Scott. The memorial recognises the loss of the light cruiser during a mutually destructive fight with the German auxiliary cruiser Kormoran off Shark Bay in November 1941, with none of the 645 aboard surviving. A temporary memorial, consisting of a large boulder, a flagpole, and a bronze plaque, was erected in 1998. A permanent memorial (made up of four major elements: a stele based on the ship's prow, a granite wall listing the ship's company, a bronze statue of a woman looking out to sea and waiting in vain for Sydney to return, and a dome made up of 645 stainless steel seagulls) was dedicated on 18 November 2001, the day before the 60th anniversary of the battle. In May 2009, the memorial was recognised by the Australian government as being of national significance.--Wikipedia
Just to give you an idea where we are, we journeyed from Perth to Geraldton today, but there were several side trips along the way, so it took us much longer than just driving straight through......but then that is not what this journey is about..