The Return to Serpentine

Serpentine Dam, Western Australia.

The first time I set my foot there was in January 1982, my fourth year in Perth, on my Yamaha RD250 bike.Ā  I was returning to Perth via an inland road, after several unforgettable days of summer holidays lazing around, camping, fishing

January 1982 - Yamaha RD250 at Serpentine Dam, Western Australia

and crabbing in Mandurah, a Western Australian coastal town. The signboard on the main road looked interesting, so I rode my bike up to the dam. The place was nice, very good location for picnics and barbecues, but deserted. Maybe because it was mid-week. After taking several pictures, one of them shown here, I left the place and continued my way back to the city. The place faded into memory.

Nearly 28 years later in October 2009, while on a 4 days 3 nights‘ across

October 2009 - on the way to Serpentine Dam in a Baywater Hire Cars car

Australia journey on the Indian Pacific train from Sydney to Perth, I remembered about Serpentine Dam. On the third day after arriving in Perth, IĀ  retraced history driving my rented car to Mandurah on the coastal road and then taking the inland road to Serpentine Dam. In 1982 I was alone, riding my bike through the wooded road up to the dam. In 2009, I was similarly alone, driving a Bayswater Hire Cars Toyota Corolla Seca Ascent through the same road.

I arrived there late afternoon on a Thursday. It was eerily quiet. No other people were around. I was alone there just like I was 28 years before. After nearly one hour taking hundreds of photos around the area, and not finding the exact place where I had parked my bike and took the photo in 1982, I was ready to return to Perth.

The barrier

But something caught my attention – a white barrier across a dirt path. I walked up to it, and beyond it I could see the unmistakeable spot of 28 years ago! The round-log fence, the blue lake waters, the island across the water.

I had traveled 11,000 km – 6,600 km by air from Kuala Lumpur to Sydney, and a further 4.400 km on the Indian Pacific from Sydney to Adelaide to Perth, to retrace a personal history. And I had made it.

October 2009. Same place, 28 years later.

It was a very emotional moment. My eyes welled. Crystals of tears formed and dropped to the red ground. It had been a long journey across space and time. Don’t know when would I pass this way again. Hopefully I would, and hopefully I would not be alone then, but with my loved ones sharing the quiet splendor of Serpentine Dam.

About nordin

I view myself as a quiet and low profile person. Additionally, my former landlady in Nedlands, Perth, Western Australia once told me I was an "intense" person. Well, she might be correct as well ...
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7 Responses to The Return to Serpentine

  1. Ahsuez says:

    Oh my God. They are serious in preserving the nature (in agreement).

  2. nordin says:

    Yep. That is one of the good things that WE could learn from them.

  3. Yang Arif says:

    Looks like the trees are all grown up behind the log-fence. I wish I had the opportunity to ‘balik kampung’ to USA someday.

  4. nordin says:

    True. We all wish that. Hope your wish would come true someday. When I was small and the christmas trees were tall, ….. now we are tall and christmas trees are small (Bee Gees, First of May).

  5. kamarul says:

    Wow….En. Nordin….your story made my eyes welled with tears as well. I was in Australia for my Uni days, too.

    Hopefully, someday I’d retrace my journeys Down-Under like you did, too. With my wife next to me. šŸ™‚

    P/S: Heyy….maybe it’s time you upgrade to Virago 750? hehe

  6. kamarul says:

    Crikey! I missed out on your posting about upgrading to a ‘Camel’…..ha ha

  7. nordin says:

    En Kamarul, thanks for stopping by here. And for reading about the “camel” bike šŸ™‚ We have one more thing in common then, Australia šŸ™‚ I highly recommend a revisit, or better still, several revisits. And it would be much better with our other half by our side on the trip. Where did you attend uni, and what year. Nordin –

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