2016 mt surprise reunion travel blog

Sunrise at Lake Theresa

Set up at Charters Towers

27/5/16 Friday

Up early and I saw the sun rise. We were both packed and ready to leave this lovely tranquil spot by 8.30am and headed into Clermont for fuel before our long stretch today of 400+km. We stopped for morning tea at a roadside stop at 10am, our earliest morning tea so far. Continued on past Belyando Crossing where we'd been warned that the fuel was very expensive, and stopped for lunch at Cape River, a popular spot with about 6-7 other vans there. We'd driven on some very rough road, and found our teapot which was perfect for the van, in hundreds of pieces, and Pam & Don had a coffee spill. 180km to go after lunch, which was an easy drive. Not much traffic on the road, and for the most part, the road was very good. Changing landscape, from Claremont mine, a coal conveyor belt for approx. 20km, fields of sorghum, maize, ploughed fields, barren, dusty open spaces, cattle paddocks, lovely lush green acres, patches of ant hills and then none - so diverse. It's interesting that although we're in drought conditions, there were a number of water holes and lagoons which had water in them, and nearly all the cattle looked healthy to our trained eye!!! As I looked out my window, I thought of Dorothea MacKellar's poem "I love a sunburnt country" and the line 'a land of sweeping plains'. How lucky we are to live in Australia.

It's been a hot day today, reaching 36 degrees. Thank goodness Ian insisted we have a new car for this trip - one with air-conditioning which works.

We arrived at Charters Towers about 3pm, and we are set up in a lovely caravan park where we have previously stayed, again with Pam & Don. Only problem is that we have a smoker next to us, so have had to close that side of the van. But the air-con in the van works, so we'll be OK. Thankfully, there are not many insects here, unlike last night when we were inundated. But we do have a possum in the tree between our vans.

We've had an easy dinner and now time to watch The Broncos.

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