Today we left karumba sunset caravan park after having fresh cakes and coffee for morning tea first cake since we've been away, dad would have loved it a cream bun with fresh cream, yum! Our journey for the most part was rough dirt roads with plenty of dust and corrugations. However we did have a bit of excitement when we spotted our some crocodiles from a bridge. Most of the journey there were cattle on either side of the road a lot with calves and because there is no fencing we have to be aware of them wandering across the roads whenever they feel the urge. There was a bit of excitement when we noticed a bush fire in the distance as we got closer we saw it on both sides of the road so we stopped to discuss our tactic. Wazza called up the truckie , that flew past us a couple of minutes before, on the cb radio, and he said no worries it's fine, and we were. It set off a stampede with the cattle , got in front of them but Kathy and mick had to wait for them to cross. Tonight we are staying between towns in a cattle field with ant hills and plenty of cow pats so the fellas cleared a spot with shovels. The breeze has just come up which is cooling us off before bed. The clouds have come in and hidden the stars tonight. Tomorrow we are heading north to Laura on the peninsular development road and further up (to the cape and beyond!)
What a day! Excitement around every corner. Firstly we woke at dawn to a heard of cattle filing past our campers stopping briefly to ponder at what we were. One large bull was very curious and kept approaching us step by step bellowing to warn the rest , fortunately he didn't get too close. After packing we headed off towards Laura for a petrol stop. We travelled on a minor road which brought us to a homestead, wazza had a chat as he usually does with the owner who said we were on the right track but wasn't very helpful with directions. We finally found our way out after a couple of dead ends. A little further on we stopped for morning tea when two other cars stopped to have a chat. It turns out the station owner and his wife , who wazza just talked to we're "persons of interest " to the police for a murder case which happened 3months ago. Tell you more about it when we get back. A little further on we drove through more burning off but we've never seen anyone monitoring them! We finally came to a major road and started heading north, low on petrol at this stage, we stopped to top up with our jerry cans and off again. Not long after that wazza called us on the cb, his wheel had sheared off and gone into the scrub. He managed to wrestle the car to a safe stop thank goodness. So we all went searching for the wheel and found it. About 90 minutes later they had replaced the studs, cleaned all the dust out from the brake discs put the spare tyre on and off we went. It was very hot and the traffic showered us in dust every time they passed but there was a lot of people who stopped to see if they could help which was nice. So tonight we didn't get as far as we thought, we are staying at a small roadhouse/camping ground with beautiful shady trees some more cattle a pet emu and two peacocks, a helicopter who gives 10 minute flights and flies like a crazy man doing 360s and just missing the tops of the trees above us. I had a unique shower tonight, a couple of bits of corrugated iron, no roof, frogs on the hand basin and a peacock in the tree leaning over above me, cement floor and an occy strap to stop the door from falling open. A true bush bathroom and dunny, what an experience! We cooked a roast tonight on the mini weber q it turned out yummy, after we unwound and played sequence. Still no communication services so I hope I can send this tomorrow from a larger town. Hi to you all and hope you're ok, love gayle and Dennis.