Where the Bitumen Ends

One of the things that’s been on my list for some time is to ride to Cooktown which is about the furtherest you can travel on the tar heading north on the east coast of Australia. They are currently sealing more of the road north and you will potentially be able to drive on tar…

The Final Push to Cairns

Day 9 – Porcupine Gorge to Cairns Waking up early this morning was a great opportunity to see the sunrise over the gorge. And after a great cooked breakfast we packed up and set of for Cairns. But we only made it to the main road before Russell ran into a problem with a deflating…

Where Dinosaurs Trod

Day 7 – Longreach to Winton Today was all about dinosaurs and a recent (ish) discovery of dinosaur bones by a farmer on his property over 20 years ago. What has spawned from this seems to be the dinosaur capital of Australia. This morning was an earlier morning as we wanted to leave by 8:30…

Going Back in Time

Day 6 – a bit of history in Longreach Today was another non-ride day and a chance to check out Longreach. As we really only have one day we habe to choose what we want to do as we just can’t do everything. And Covid adds a level of complexity as things are often run…

Going to Smiley town

Day 5 – Charleville to Longreach Today we had over 500km to get to Longreach and like clock work we rolled out of our campsite at 9am. Our first stop was Augathella which for Australians over 50 is the town where the kid (Didy ‘Smiley’ Creevey) that the character “Smiley” was based on. 2008 was…

Heading to the Red Lizard

Day 3 – Bourke to Charleville We are getting into the rhythm of pitching and packing up our setup. I was worried that the bigger tent was going to be a hassle, especially for the overnight stops, but it really hasn’t. And the benefit of the bigger tent far out weighs the disadvantages. Setting off…

Back of Bourke

Day 2 – Trangie to Bourke At dawn there was an absolute cacophony of noise with galahs everywhere. I don’t think I’ve ever seen this many in one place … with trees loaded with them. Today was a going to be an easy ride day with around 300km. This will put us at Bourke a…

Heading North for May

Well this is us not going to Hawaii. This year’s Stampin’ Up! trip is in Maui at the same location as last year’s cancelled trip. By the end of October each year we have to make a call as to whether we are going to take up the option for the trip the following year…