Well the 18th March came around real quick the last 6mths were hectic organising the details, but the day finally came when we drove out the drive way & turned left sunset in the rear vision mirror. So follow our blog let us know if you enjoy the trip as much as we are it will be a fun time.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

   It’s been a while between coffees so go and boil the billy and I’ll wait till your back with your coffee.

Sunset camp between Normanton & Cloncurry
Well we left Atherton & headed south west but first we needed to climb out of Atherton & into another head wind. Winding our way across the ridges of the mountains to Ravenshoe the wind gusts where so strong that at one stage we thought we would be blown off the side of one of those ridges as there were steep declines both sides of the road.  Just before Ravenshoe there was a wind farm so we stopped to check it out, there was 20 wind generators & yes they are noisy, it was even windier behind those big fans & freezing cold so a few photos & back in the car.

When we left Atherton I didn’t top up the water tanks because we would be climbing most of the day this was a mistake as when we stopped for lunch we discovered the tanks were nearly empty. We had 20 litres on the roof of the car so that helped but some of the towns we went through we couldn’t get water which created some concern for a while.

trying to catch tea
We stopped at Georgetown where we got water & fuel & then found a free stay 30ks up the road which was on a billabong a beautiful spot off the road & quite. Josh had his first night in a swag which mum wasn’t too happy about but he survived the night, so did mum J 

1st night in swag
We left there & headed off to Normanton for lunch that day where the kids went off for a walk without us & they found a crocodile in the main street, they got too close to the croc & it got a hold of Clare. Josh & Kirsty jumped on the beast so they could rescue Clare from the jaws of that fierce beast, she was so lucky that she has a caring brother & sister. Then we had lunch (crocJ) & headed towards another free camp for the night.

A stop over at Cloncurry for mother’s day, in a half attempt at a van park, there we had a roast lamb in the Webber for tea that night. Fuelling up the next day we were off to Mt Isa, the drive to Isa from Cloncurry is just fantastic the difference in the terrain & the colours in the rock are great. As we were getting closer to Isa there is a mountain range in front of us which the road winds its way through the range a spectacular drive. Arriving in Isa we booked into a van park & that afternoon I went around town looking for work. By the Wednesday I had found a job on the tools for 6 weeks, (doesn’t look like we are going to get out of Queensland just yet) Kirsty found work 2 days later & Josh got his first job a week later. So we are here till the first week of July where we will then head off to Alice Springs & we could possibly get into another state.
Not sure if they are trying to hold the jaws open or push them closed

Actual size of croc

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