Road to Jericho

Trip Start May 09, 2013
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Trip End Jul 01, 2013


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Jericho Community Park

Flag of Australia  , Queensland,
Thursday, May 16, 2013

  Woke up this morning having had a good nights sleep.  You would have to say, against all odds, given the spot we had chosen to stay overnight.  I can't remember being woken by any roadtrains passing by, and thankfully no express train was scheduled for Wednesday evening.  Whilst all that is a positive, the downside is it's raining.  Mrs Sellers informed me this morning that although their van is a Sunland, it's also known as a drought breaker.  Well all I can say is I wish I had been privy to that information before we'd signed up for this 8 week gig.
 Fortunately it's not heavy torrential rain, but Fred is being cautious all the same, not like some loonies we have encountered this morning.  I must confess I do suffer road rage.  My road rage comes in the form of the idiots who put other people's lives at risk.  We actually witnessed a bloke pulling a campervan overtake Baz on double white lines at the bottom of a   hill, Baz braked to allow the idiot to get back onto the right side of the road and narrowly avoid colliding with some poor unsuspecting driver who had just coming over the brow of the hill.  We decided that if we catch up with him some time in the future we should beat the shit out of him, his actions could have caused us all to be involved in an accident.  What a tosser!
 Fred and I tuned into some local radio to calm the nerves after that little incident, we were not disappointed.  We didn't catch the first segment but we gathered that a young reporter was out an about at a local show in  one of the country towns, she was about to interview Beryl Bigwell who was going to be judging the fruit and veg today.  The interview went something like this.Interviewer:  I'm here with Beryl Bigwell who is going to judge the fruit & veg today.  Beryl how did you get into Fruit & veg?  Big pause..............Beryl:  I've always liked fruit & veg.Interviewer:  I guess you've been doing this a long time?  Big pause.......Beryl:  Yes.Interviewer:  Beryl, what exactly are you looking for when you're judging the fruit & veg?  Big pause.............Beryl:  Blemishes.It was riveting.  The interviewer, who sounded quite young did her utmost to make it sound exciting, Beryl on the other hand felt no excitement about being a fruit & veg judge.
 We turned off at a rest area for a pit stop.  It's quite amazing what you end up learning  just by taking a detour off the beaten track.  We found ourselves outside Bogantungan Railway Station.  It was hard to imagine not so long ago this was a thriving town, 20 odd hotels operated in the area, also a racetrack and a healthy community.  To-day a ghost town.  Bogantungan was also touched by tragedy, in Nov 1960 the railway bridge over the Medway creek collapsed causing a train to plummet into the creek below killing 7 people, one of which was an 8yr old child.  On board were 17 children from the Bush Children's Health Scheme en route to Yeppon for a 1 week beach holiday.
 On a lighter note I happened to catch sight of a big pelican floating around on a dam.  I mentioned to the Wise One over the 2 way what I had just seen.  He reminded me that you never see a baby pelican on the coast, as pelicans head inland to lay their eggs and raise their young.We have set up camp in the community park in Jericho, right on the river, and as a bonus the rain has now stopped and it looks like blue skies for tomorrow.  Happy Days.PS  Best sign:  Found in the toilet in Jericho Community Park -  Close lid Keep Frogs Out No Frogs No Snakes.  Very comforting.

PS Just realised we left home 1 week ago.     
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Sandi on

I am living my dream through you guys hope You are still travelling when its our turn we will definately need a Bazza!
Keep Trackin stay safe.
Sandi

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