Tuesday, 30 July 2013

No fish but who cares when there is serenity!

Sunday afternoon was spent drifting along the MacArthur River in 'Just Add Water' with Mark, a local fisherman at Borroloola who kindly took us out for a fish. Casting lures, trolling and enjoying the beautiful scenery,
we travelled eight kilometres upstream and saw a few crocs sunning themselves so definitely no swimming.
A few bites, but no fish however the afternoon on the water was peaceful and serene.

We kept an eye out for the eighteen foot croc that lives on the bend in the river but he didn’t appear.
I took many photos and will get some put on canvas when we get home.

Monday morning, we were up and packing up in the dark as we knew we had a long day ahead. Just under eight hundred kilometres to reach Camooweal so we wanted an early start.
The best laid plans... for the second time this trip, an engine warning light appeared on the trusty Rodeo and we had to make our second service call to the NRMA to be diverted to the NT Road service. It is only a warning light and the Engine Management System needs a reset. It seems to do it after rough driving on red dirt! But a service is scheduled for Townsville later in the week
However we weren’t prepared to head out without having it checked so in the end we didn’t get away till 8.30am. So then 780 kilometres of mostly one lane road (sealed) with ever changing scenery.
Annie Queen of the desert!
We saw cattle, (no fences on the paddocks), eagles, brolgas and for the first two hours we did not pass one other car!
Not a tree to be seen!
Outback Australia is truly beautiful (red dirt and all!)
Sunset in Camooweal

So we left the Northern Territory and crossed the border into Queensland around 5pm. It felt a bit like coming home!
We ‘wheeled’ into Camooweal, , around 5.30 and chuckled when the read the sign reminding us to wind our watches forward five years and thirty minutes!
A scrumptious home cooked meal in the restaurant of the caravan park...we have found over the years that Queensland pubs and truck stops do the best home cooking.
The best thing about our site was the GRASS...green and dry, so we unpacked everything, shook out the red dust and got ourselves organised.
We love our camper trailer...even putting it up and down has been fun and we haven’t had a ‘blue’ since we left home!
Another early start today as we head for the east coast of Queensland. One thousand one hundred kilometres over two days which will bring our total travel to almost 10,000 kilometres since we left home just over four weeks ago. We have enjoyed every one of them and seen something new every day.

Till later...when we pull up at Richmond in Queensland

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