A brush with the law... in the bush
Trip Start Feb 26, 2010
371Trip End Feb 26, 2011
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Landsborough – Jowarra Park
We headed south to Maryborough which is the home town of P L Travers the author of ‘Mary Poppins’ to see the quaint heritage town and admire some of its’ historical buildings then we made our way down to Rainbow Beach famous for its multicoloured sands and dunes. On the way we came across a police blockade where they were breath testing everyone who passed through, Andrew had to breathe in to the plastic straw and then got waved through. Why does paranoia set in just as you drive up to the officer, surely we couldn’t still be drunk at this time in the morning and the alcohol content of four bottles of wine would surely be out of our system by now, shouldn’t it? Trish that was a joke! We questioned why the police in the UK don’t adopt such an effective approach to drink driving until we realised that we were only one of three cars in a line waiting. It would be impossible to implement in the UK with our volume of traffic, people would be stuck there for days then they would need a drink!
We spent the afternoon at the beach chilling out watching the surfers and eating cheese and pickle sandwiches as we couldn’t bring ourselves to pay 15 dollars for a bag of fish and chips, we just licked the chip shop window instead
Back on the road we drove through Gympie which was still being mined for gold up until the 1920’s as we were in search of ‘Glastonbury’ a tiny town west of there. Unfortunately we ended up getting lost so didn’t get to take a picture of the sign and be able to say that we did make Glastonbury in 2010 after all. With thanks to our trusty ‘Camps 4’ guidebook which has been a godsend we found a free camp site en route to the Glass House Mountains which we intended to explore tomorrow and pitched up in Landsborough at about 5pm. The weather had been threatening rain so we were relieved that we had cooked enough last night for tonight too so when the heavens opened we only got a little bit damp as we enjoyed sausages tonight with pasta. Fortunately the couple who had pulled up next to us in their luxury caravan complete with awning invited us over for a drink or two and we whiled away an hour and a bottle of wine picking their brains for must sees on the way down the Gold Coast, which was their stomping ground. We went to bed fully clothed with our complimentary bright yellow Ethiopia Airlines socks on in the hope that we might not freeze tonight, oh and all the windows were firmly shut.