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try out for the new camera - the first is the Curtain Fig where my old
camera gave up the ghost last Saturday! The others are at Henrietta
Creek - a campsite in the National Park on the way to Innisfail. Quite
a few people came to see me off this morning which was nice and we may
all meet again somewhere along the way. I stopped early today
this old favourite spot as there's no hurry as I'm not able to get to a
site at Smalleys Beach until Sunday.
weird piece of machinery reminded me of bagpipes in a very strange way
so I'll send it to Drum Major Andy in Scotland. I found the bike will
fit between the bed and the cupboards and left it in overnight. It was
a pain! A struggle to get into and out of bed, hard to reach cupboards
etc so it will come out at night in future.
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morning I was on the road early and the weather was overcast with
drizzly rain as I drove down the mountain to Innisfail. I'd been
without mobile coverage yesterday but when I came into a
area the phone beeped with a 'please call me ' from son Chris. Later in
the day when I gave him a ring I found that he was in trouble with his
car's lpg system and so I spent a fair bit of time trying to help him
sort it out.
The weather improved as I went south
thought of overnighting somewhere along the way as I didn't need to
get to Smalleys until Sunday. However I gave my friends a ring at
Smalleys and found site 2 - my favourite - was vacant and the people
had paid till Monday. I did some shopping at Bowen, bought some prawns
and bugs from the fishermen's wharf and then decided I could make
Smalleys tonight. I arrived on the site at 7.30 having driven 670km!
Sprinter is such a joy to drive and so comfortable that I didn't feel
too tired although it was early to bed.
was good to wake up at Smalleys Beach. It wasn't a brilliant day for
weather with a cool breeze and clouds at times but I put the solar
panels down the beach to catch what sun there was and spent a pretty
relaxing day - the first of many I expect.
I couldn't get any phone or Internet coverage at all so I used my Sat
phone to tell the family that I'll be out of reach for a while unless
I'm out and about. It's a shame as it's Father's Day tomorrow and I
always enjoy them ringing me then. It does have a text facility so I
sent them the number and a message saying to use that.
good catching up with friends Aub and Betty and we spent happy hour
together catching up on old times and what's been happening these past
three years since I last saw them.
I may go into
Seaforth tomorrow where there's good coverage and post this diary and
catch up with emails.
bird is this? He flew up on to the sink!
Blowin' Bowen at top centre and my site at
was wrong! Fathers Day started with a text message on my Sat phone from
Jackie in Port Hedland wishing me a happy Fathers Day before she went
to work. Then I decided to go to Seaforth to the market, to get water
and dispose of rubbish. I had good coverage and Chris rang from
Adelaide. Great. Two out of three as when I rang Sue there was no
answer. I tried again a little later and got her for a lovely Father's
Day chat.Three from three - how lucky am I? I bought some frozen mango
and a cantaloupe at the market but sadly the cantaloupe wasn't ripe.
move to site 8 in the morning but doubt if my cable will be long enough
to get too much solar as it's a very shady site.
the move was painless and this isn't a bad site despite not being able
to get my panels to the beach and there's not much sun available.
Surprise, surprise, I can get phone and Internet here - not strong but
usable. I'll get an antenna when I go to Mackay on Wednesday and that
should improve things a bit.
I ran Yemmy's motor for
a bit when
I was using a bit of power charging things and the batteries are
lasting quite well. I'll top them up when I stay overnight in Mackay. I
get good TV reception from my little terrestrial antenna - far too many
trees to use the sat dish.
The bike had another
I decided on a quiet run up the track and lo and behold yet another
puncture. I don't think I'll bother mending it this time but will get a
new tube - or even bike - when I get to David at Noosaville.