Saturday, August 22, 2009
Well we are well on our way, having arrived in Cloncurry last night (1875km so far).
We have had good and safe riding with much of the dirt now sealed - This is progress!!
The only dirt section we have been on so far was Springsure to Tambo - 200km.
Local information has been useful but not always correct. We got information last night that the Hellsgate Roadhouse on the Savanna Way had closed. As this was a vital accommodation and fuel stop for us this was looking like it would drastically change the route across the top end. Today we have got the good information from the local police that this is not the case as the roadhouse reopened 2 months ago so we will be able to stay on track.
We spent a great day at Longreach, looking around the Qantas Founders Museum then the Stockman's Hall of Fame. It was good to get an idea how things have changed over the years. A highlight was the 747 tour that took in many of the behind scenes part of the aircraft. We went out on the wing, into the cargo hold and into the computer station under the floor in business class!
Time to head to the Gulf!