Friday, August 17, 2012

Monday, 06 August 2012
Day 9 riding

The morning at our (illegal) camp site was lovely and serene.  Even with all our feathered neighbors out and about.  Here are just a few of the many, many ducks

There was a lot less road kill today, thankfully!  Yesterday’s was mostly kangaroos, a few foxes, and a couple of birds.  Today there was quite a variety.  Is it bad that I noticed?  Is it bad that I wasn’t as grossed out?  I saw an emu.  Alive.  Yay!  That’s one very tall bird.  No chance for a photo, though.

The truck traffic has been more of a problem today.  The ones in our lane are sometimes difficult to pass.  And the oncoming trucks can cause a lot of turbulence for our little overloaded scooters.  There was more road construction, too, resulting in what felt like slow progress.

These are photos from our fuel stop.  It’s pretty typical of all today’s scenery, including the tracks for the sugar cane trains.

 We spent the night in Townsville at Reef Lodge, another “backpackers.” 

The fellow who registered us was also a rider.  He let us secure the scooters in a garage at the back.  By the time we got settled, it was dark.  I started the laundry while Ian got pizza.  Not an exciting night in Townsville.  What can I say, it’s Monday and laundry needed to be done.

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