Broome seems to be a place for weary travellers to arrive and find that things have gone a little awry. There is the family who have discovered that their brakes on their trailer don't work, then there is the couple who had the back of their car rammed into up at Cape Leveque, all of the caravans needing their wheel bearings done, a man with a broken foot, a Nissan with a blown up engine, holes in mufflers, and gashes in legs. It is a long way from everywhere and we are all weary. None of us intend to stay for this long. Most of us spend no more than 2 days in a town whilst we restock our food boxes and fuel and get out of there, however, Broome holds onto us for longer.
The caravan parks are all full to the brim, bursting at the seams. They are like little cities with people who have made their way up to stay for 3 months or more. There are 500 sites or more in each. There is the overflow caravan park for the weary worn out sick and bedraggled traveller who needs the work or rest. It is the footy oval with shade only on the side, but it becomes home. Maximum stay is 7 days for travellers, however, for those who fall under the exception rules, Medical or Broken Down, this is stretched to a piece of string.
So here we sit like a piece of string on the side of the oval at the overflow due to our Medical Exemption, in a lovely shady spot which I have hung cotton sheets all around to get as much shade as possible. Frank is making his slow recovery.