Hi everyone, its been a while since I’ve had an opportunity to catch up with you all. There is so much to tell, we have met so many wonderful people, enjoyed lots of fun activities so it hasn’t all been hard yakka.
It was wonderful to have my friend Pauline from Sydney join us in Mackay, she bought with her lots on energy and led yoga lessons each morning for those keen enough to be up before 6am.
Nick has earned the Bower Bird award, keeping his eyes on the ground as well as on the oncoming traffic. He has scored many roadside goodies, sunglasses, almost new fry pan, a wallet with money and ID (which he promptly handed into the nearby Exotic Fruit shop) $5×2, some items that were banned from the support vehicle, and very welcome bush lemons from a roadside tree.
At St.Lawrence I visited Kevin at the Council office to get local knowledge about the Bi Centennial Trail. He was very helpful and gave me directions to the closest farmer to where we would start the trail, Mal and Jen. I drove to their place to ask permission to camp at the trail entrance which was on their property. Mal was interested in what we were doing and suggested we camp on his very green lawn and use a small building near by with a shower and toilet and electricity . Once again unexpected generous support, they even sent us off the next morning with a home grown pumpkin.
Last night we camped behind the Marlborough Pub, giving Glenda a firsthand insight into a country Australian Pub. It was Friday night, lots of grey nomads camping and a spattering of locals. The showers and toilets were pretty basic and we declined having a pub meal, though the special was BEEF and REEF !!
It was a cold night so I retired to my bed early, but a few of us took advantage of a place to sit inside with power, and internet.