Friday Sept 23 - Day 8
Brody's birthday today, but we had miles to put on so after a quick celebration we hit the road heading north.
|Do I look different as a teenager?|
|our chauffer & our wheels|
Got to Alice Springs at 10:30 a.m., where we had hoped to get to last night. Still hazy and smoky as we drove past more bush fires.
Stopped in Barrow Creek for lunch and checked out the cool little pub with all it's old collectible items. The owner was excited to show us all his Canadian items he had collected. He had paper $1 & $2 bills, the flag and even an Olympic puck.
|large aboriginal hunter monument|
|2 of our little aliens!|
|you're going in!|
|"Happy Birthday to you!"|
Headed out this morning travelling the same roads we did to get to the center. Even stopped at Barkley's Homestead again to get fuel and hot fries, didn't stay long as it was 38 degrees! Made the Queensland border by 3:15, stopped for photos as there is a whole lot of nothing else out here to take pictures of!
|coloring time - still happy|
|haven't seen a real on in awhile|
|Hailey all comfy|
Left Mt. Isa by 8:30 after Scott got fuel and Brody & I got a few groceries. Saw some funny kangaroo signs that people had changed, one had skis on, and another was made to look like a dinosaur. Driving too fast to get a photo, and you know Scott, no stopping!
Next major stop was at Richmond for lunch at Kronosaurus Korner. This is dinosaur country and even the theme was carried on labeling the toilets, preHIStoric and preHERstoric.
|sharp teeth on this one|
|Hey you're on the wrong side!|
Got to Pentland caravan park, nice sight and a fun pool. We had fun enjoying the pool all to ourselves and then supper on a beautiful night.
|so nice even Scott went in for a swim|
Woke up this morning listening to the birds chirping. Pulled into Charters Towers for information, and we were on the Gregory Development Road by noon. We saw a dozen wild camels and rivers that actually have water in them. Stopped at Bluewater Springs Roadhouse for fuel and shortly after, the road started to narrow again to one lane. Lots of road trains!
Had a quick lunch at Greenvale Roadhouse and then we were on our way. Next stop was Ravenshoe for information. We are back on roads we've been on before. The road is starting to curve and twist more and everything seems lush and green from this morning.
|Nice green canopy|
|Had internet reception tonight|
Lazy morning letting everyone wake up on their own. BLT's for breakfast and then to the pool for a glorious swim. This would have been our 7th pool during our trip.
Packed up and gone by 10:00, but would have loved to lay around the pool for the rest of the day. We drove through the tablelands and saw sugar cane & banana trees, which we haven't see for awhile. We stopped & bought a bag of zucchinis for $2 from a road side stall. Home by noon to unload and clean the campervan prior to it's return.
|Yah we made it home!|
|Saving $$$ on fuel costs!|
|lollie pop man|
|Nothing but fun on this trip...|