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.