On the road again after 2 nights at Kalpower Station Camping grounds. A lovely National Park camping area beside the Normandy River. The camp grounds were great with individual sites n fire pits n nice n shady, even got to 31 deg yest! Had a cruisy day, went for bush walk then Anne n Bill headed off 4 a drive 4 a couple of hours towards Bathurst Bay, ended up turning around as got pretty rough. We had a nice relax n read. Later after they got back Charlie n I went back across the river, I walked out to the old homestead while Ch n Bill went n gathered wood 4 our fire last night Ch even cooked our chops on the fire plate over the fire. We then sat around the fire n 2 other 'neighbour' couples from Brissy came n joined us 4 the evening. They too r heading north but they r going via Weipa n the west coast rather than us folk who r staying more easterly til we get to the tip. The Normandy River is magnificent, a lovely body of water that would have supported the various old cattle stations we have passed in the area. I must admit I would have really struggled with bringing up a family with the isolation, let alone the wet, the dry n the heat!! Near the campsite down on the riverbank we a couple of croc's. The river would be amazing to cool off in if it weren't 4 these couple of characters! Not so long ago a photographer was taken from a canoe in the vicinity, silly person had been trawling a chicken to attract a crocodile to photograph! We even saw a couple of campers walking knee deep over the causeway, much braver or sillier than we are!! Today we head towards Archer River via Nifold Plains, Musgrave n Coen. 40 kms before Coen we could hear a rattle in the front offside, Ch n Bill stopped n checked things out to make sure nothing was loose, all seemed ok. The 2nd time they checked they realised the mud protector lining was loose so they put a couple of zip ties on both sides n the rattle has stopped. After the corrugated road we were happy it was just something cosmetic! All good, the boys enjoyed a couple of thirst quenching beers at Coen Pub beforehand a roadside lunch stop. Don't reckon Coen's high on my list of desirable places to live in Australia!! Very dry n dusty, a mining history to the town, might have been even less fun 100 yrs ago!