After pottering around and catching up with family and friends between December and May, we are now off again and into our second year of travelling. Where did that time go?
We had a great time at the wedding, everything went off well, very relaxed and laid back. Chris and Karen make a lovely couple and we wish them a long life together of good health and happiness.
I really enjoyed being together with our little family, that doesn't happen often enough these days with all the distances between us. Josh and Ellie looked gorgeous in their wedding finery. I'll treasure the memories of the day!
We are again in Longreach, having given up our jobs and are semi-retired,(we don't plan on working at proper jobs ever again!) heading out to Winton to see the dinosaur tracks and then up to Darwin.
We have travelled a lot of kilometres stopping in Roma, Morven and Blackhall, with many more places to come. Just to give you an idea of distance, it's 3500 kms from the Goldcoast to Darwin. We plan then to go across to the west of the country after that.
After hanging around Longreach for a while as we had car trouble, we are now $2000 poorer but roadworthy again.
We went to the annual show in Longreach, $5 well spent! That was the entry fee and we could go in and out and in again for that. We watched show jumping, pig racing, animal judging and even had a health check done. Glad to say, neither of us need to be put down just yet! We went back again in the evening to watch V8 car races, sheep sheering competitions, stockman's show and fireworks. All in all, a good day.
How is it that the time goes so quickly? We're now leaving Winton already, the home of Waltzing Matilda and the first Qantas flight.
We stayed behind the Gregory Hotel in Winton along with other fellow travellers, enjoying afternoon drinks and the story and history of the real "Waltzing Matilda" as told by Helen, the resident entertainer. We heard many different renditions of the song, including Bill Haley and the Comets, (interesting but definitely not the best of the bunch.)
Chris's birthday was celebrated with a nice seafood platter in the restaurant of the hotel on the evening of the 18th. Next day,we went for a trip out to the Dinosaur Museum, along a very dusty, bumpy road, and learnt all about the dinosaurs bones and what is involved in finding, digging, cleaning and preserving them.
I am writing this now as we are driving along with our little home behind us and the open road ahead, next stop Walkabout Creek of Crocodile Dundee fame, we will have a drink in the bar and keep our eyes open for Paul Hogan. "--Call that a knife--?"
Oops, Chris just swerved to avoid some more "road kill" a sheep this time, usually it's kangaroos or wild pig. There are some very well fed Kite hawks flying around out here!