Back on the road again. We arrived in Townsville yesterday after saying yet another good bye to Charters Towers. The caravan park I chose to stay at was not one of my better choices. Its was dry and dusty and on the Bruce Highway and had a lot of road workers and permanent on site vans. We listened to laughing and guitar playing for a good while along with the truck sand road trains going about their business all night. I saw my first cane toad at the caravan park. It was dead but boy it was big. One hopped in front of Fred when he went to have a shower and he jumped nearly as far at the toad. But on the brighter side I took the opportunity to catch up with a facebook friend Elaine who lives in Townsville. We had a lovely afternoon at her apartment opposite the beach. Today Sunday 26th we farewelled Townsville which forever will have some sad memories attached and headed off on our way home to the South!
We have come to realize that Murphy’s Law does actually exist, especially whilst travelling on narrow roads. What am I talking about you might ask?
Murphy’s Law - If anything can go wrong, it will.
Here is an example, you are towing a caravan on a narrow road in the distance coming towards you is a wide load, road train and its not slowing down for anything. Part of the road ahead is narrow bridge. The rest of the road is empty in both directions.
Both you and the road train will pass on the narrow bridge, not just before it, not just after it. No right on the bridge! We have noticed this law in action many many times especially in the outback, leaving Fred mumbling to himself “what are the odds” There was one car on the road ahead and no other car other than ours in either directions but two emu’s decided to cross the road just as both cars were passing!!!! Somehow they slipped between us and the oncoming car as we both braked with a screech. They could have crossed the road at any other second than just the moment we were passing!
So here is a couple of tips to take on your next road trip:-
A knowledge of Murphy's Law is no help in any situation.
If you apply Murphy's Law, it will no longer be applicable.
We are here in Bowen for a couple of nights and then moving on to Airlie Beach. We will be meeting up with my brother and sister-in-law at Airlie Beach.
Today we are wearing shorts and Tshirts but I have a feeling rain is on the way, which again is an example of Murphy’s law as it was sunny and warm up here the whole time we were away in Melbourne.
We took flew from Townsville to Canberra and Canberra to Melbourne to bury Fred's Brother.
sister-in-law in ICU Well again - check
Volcano ash gone - check
Setting off tomorrow for Townsville via Sydney - Check
We have been in Charters Towers now for four days. It was a long trip from Clermont, about 390km, the road in part was quite good but very bumpy in other parts and of course narrow, especially when the road trains are coming from the other direction. We had originally planned to stay for two days but the weather has been magnificent around 25C and the caravan park (Dalrymple Tourist Van Park) is very pleasant and comfortable. We did a day trip to Townsville to check out van parks for our weeks stay there. We had lunch in Townsville before we came back and decided to stay another couple of days here in Charters Towers where the pace is a bit slower & restful. Sadly Michael (Fred’s twin brother) who had been sick for the last eight months passed away, so we have made arrangements for our van to be stored here at the Dalrymple Tourist Van Park and we will fly home from Townsville via Canberra for about a week, then come back and resume our trip.
We made a slight detour today, on the road out of Roma, we had to wait for road works and I saw a sign on the side of the road whilst sitting in traffic showing Carnarvon Gorge and a picture of a caravan, so in the town of Injune where we were going to stop for petrol, I made enquiries at the Tourist Information Centre and found that there was actually a caravan resort at Carnarvon Gorge. I spoke to someone from the resort on the phone who convinced me that we could get there easily with the caravan. So off we went. We had to be fuelled up as there was no fuel available there. The road in was bitumen and as we were driving in we could see a big storm up ahead. Luckily for us it was gone before we got to the dirt road section although it had left its mark. Lots of mud and three creek crossings. Fred got to expedience 4X4 again. It was well worth the drive. We had to use the fuel in the jerry can once we got there. Green eco sites and lovely amenity blocks. No only that but they had a spit roast night for $22 a head and a well stocked shop. But that was all beside the point compared with the beautiful area surrounding us. Kangaroos grazed on the grass around us, lots of bird life and clean, quiet fresh air. The Carnarvon Gorge was a short drive from the resort and the rock formations, the water crossings, the amazing flora and fauna were nothing compared to the indigenous art on cave walls. We only had two nights and one full day there and that was not nearly enough time. We visited the Baloon Cave (baloon is the indigenous word for axe) and Mickeys Creek in the morning then in the afternoon we walked very fast to the Art Gallery which was the most beautiful and spiritual place. We left far too late to make the whole trip and as we didn’t want to arrive back at the car in the dark we didn’t spend as much time as we would have liked. It was an 11.4km return walk and we did it in 2 hours 45 mins. Also being in one of the most picturesque places in Qld my camera stopped working. I took lots of photos with my mobile phone but at the moment can’t get them onto the laptop to share.
We sadly left Carnarvon Gorge and headed north. We arrived in Clermont this afternoon and will be heading to Charters Towers tomorrow.
All I can say is road kill road. If I never see another dead kangaroo it will be too soon!
Don't worry if you are reading this and wondering who is running Trail Mail. My co-worker Peta is taking care of things whilst I am away.
We left a foggy and cold Broken Hill and headed towards Cobar. It was about 5 ½ hours drive today. It was fairly uneventful, very straight and the weather conditions were very suited to towing a caravan. We pulled into Wilcania for petrol, it’s a bit of a scary place. We didn’t stay long and we were back on the road again. About 2 hours out of Wilcania, two police cars waved us over to the side of the road as a wide load was coming from the other direction. We pulled off to the side as far as we could and this big red spool on the back of a semi trailer came past followed by another police car. We’ve seen kangaroo and lots of emu around the Flinders Ranges and Broken Hill, but this part of the trip we saw lots of goats. I don’t know if they were wild but they were at the side of the road and could do some serious damage if they ran out in front of your car. Heading up towards Queensland tomorrow.
Today is our last day in Broken Hill, and we drove out to Menindee. The lakes were full of water after the recent rains after years of drought. It was very green and very peaceful. Lots of bird life.