It’s a long way to the top, Day 48 – Into the Lion’s Den

Day 48 Wednesday July 23rd 2014 Cooktown It has been raining since the wee hours. But a little rain won’t stop us touring. Keatings Lagoon which is a paperbark swamp filled with waterlilies and crocodiles, of course. There is a croc warning sign telling us not to go near the water’s edge, yet the dirt path is so close that the water is lapping! We walk very quickly and pray. Black Mountain is a huge mound of black volcanic rocks with nothing growing on it except fig trees that have long enough roots to find nutrients, somewhere. We have the … Continue reading It’s a long way to the top, Day 48 – Into the Lion’s Den

It’s a long way to the top, Day 36 – We’ve got wheels again

Day 36 Friday July 11th 2014 Port Douglas Woody catches a bus into Cairns to pick up the Jeep and $2400 later we have it back on the road. Surprisingly, the cost covered a major service as well as replacing the alternator. In fact, Bob had quoted us $1100 for the alternator and over $2000 for the alternator and installation. As Bob had many teeth missing perhaps he wanted to finance some future dental work? About four vans down from us there is a caravan with a monstrous bra hanging from the clothes hoist. Clothes come and go, but the … Continue reading It’s a long way to the top, Day 36 – We’ve got wheels again

It’s a long way to the top, Day 35 – An Invasion

Day 35 Thursday July 10th 2014 Port Douglas What a joy it is to sit outside and have breakfast. The bush hens scratch around us, it is warm and birds are squawking. Pete and Di pack up and head off to Cape York with their entourage of two other vans. After they leave the management drag away a palm tree that Pete has felled in his efforts to create the perfect camp site. Heaven help the bush. The town is much quieter now as school holidays are over. Even the presence of a cruise ship anchored just off the point … Continue reading It’s a long way to the top, Day 35 – An Invasion