AUS TRIP – Day 15 (15 July 07) ~ 4300 kms

Dear Friends and Family ( cc NSW Pi Riders)

After 2-3 days in Cairns and travelling thereabouts, we headed west
along the Savanah Way (Gulf Development Road) on the might
'Gebrselassie' (BMW R1200GSA).

We detoured to the Undara Lava Tubes, but the tours were all booked till
the next day. Time being short, we had to keep travelling.

Halfway to the Gulf, we stopped the night at Georgetown, camping at the
Miday Caravan Park/Roadkill Roadhouse. ("You kill'em, we grill 'em").
Just before Georgetown, we stopped at a lookout on the Newcastle Range,
where we had a slight accident. The gravel at the lookout was the size
of small boulders, and Geb's front while went astray on one, which
brought is down suddenly to the horizontal. We just got the bike
upright again (it's got a fair load on board): luckily J is fit and
strong. The riders were OK, and the bike just had a few scratches. Geb
wondered what the fuss was, and just kept idling though in the
horizontal plane.

The other little drama was on the Atherton Tablelands where an 'Andy
Strapz' came adrift and got shredded in the back wheel. Again, no drama
(aprt from me losing my temper), but it took a while to prise the
remains of the strap from between the hub and the rear brake disck

After Georgetown, we headed to Normanton, then to Karumba on the Gulf
where we stayed the night. At Karumba we went to the Sunset Tavern for
dinner, and had barramundi and veggies as we watched the sunset over the
Gulf. Soli deo gloria!

From Karumba, we did a 570 km run yesterday down to Cloncury and then
across to Mt Isa, where we are now (Spectacular views from Cloncurry to
Mt Isa..beautiful rock formations, Noeline!:-). Today is our second
non-riding day.

Some highlights: the everchanging outback … lots of variety in termite
mound colours and types, vegetation, topography, vegetation etc. There
are ranges through here you know…it's not all flat. Bird life is
interesting too…lots of hawks up here..and the odd wedgie or two.

Must go…have run out of time

'love

S & J

PS

Excuse the typos…not much time
Not sure when the next report will be
There are no photos currently accessible on the picasaweb site…maybe
later.
This report should appear on my blog.

Stephen Love
Armidale NSW AUSTRALIA

loves@fastmail.fm

[changed April 07 from lovesj@fastmail.fm]

Blog: http://zatopek53.blogspot.com/
Photos: http://picasaweb.google.com/zatopek53

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