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Archive for September 4th, 2008

Day 17 – 4th September

Posted by TravellingStrom on September 4, 2008

Here is a map for those that like them; they come in useful sometimes ๐Ÿ™‚ I started in Mt Isa, bottom right where the A is, and then west to B, which is Camooweal, West again to C which is Barkley Homestead.

It was a coldish overcast and blowy day as I packed up early and headed West, but not sure how far at this stage, I would play it by ear and see whether I hear from Saab, I had left him a message yesterday. I had filled my 3lt camelback with water from the camp site, but it was yuck and I did not find that out until I was on the road! It had a very metal sort of taste, so I did not drink much of it, I eventually emptied it out at Barkleys and refilled with their water, it was better but a bit soapy taste. I suggest getting water from the Curry or somewhere else!

This old windmill bore was broken last time I came through here, early in the year, but it looks fixed now, getting a right old spin up with the southerly that was giving me grief, very strong crosswind from left to right.

I filled up with fuel at Camooweal, where I managed to contact Saab on the phone. We agreed to meet up at Cape Crawford Friday night for beer and footy. I crossed the QLD/NT border, but I did not bother to stop this time, just learning how to use the camera on the bike while moving ๐Ÿ™‚

As usual on the way to Barkleyโ€™s Homestead, not much to see except this and lots of it

Then about 100km into NT the cloud cover broke up but the wind was just as fierce

Whoโ€™s a pretty boy then ๐Ÿ™‚

I arrived at Barkleyโ€™s Homestead around 1.30pm and grabbed a bite to eat before setting up camp, with lots of pegs this time, the wind was howling through!

Had a bit of a read and a nanny nap, before a few beers and a feed up the bar. Met a chap called Sniffy who works in the Cloncurry mine, he was on his was home to Tennant Creek for a week off, after 2 weeks on. Also met a bloke from Gladstone but never got his name, he had finished his contract work up in the Kakadu parks and was heading home. I had a good evening, but not too many drinks as they were quite pricey out here. The Cape would be the same, but Saab was going to score me a square bear from Katherine. The fuel is the most expensive I have seen at $2.10/l, but apparently it was down on last week at $2.17/l.

Day โ€“ 479km
Trip โ€“ 4570km
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