Texas, tyres,morning T and Toowoomba
Trip Start Mar 25, 2011
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We arrived in Toowoomba and as usual headed straight to the Tourist Information, best place to get advice on where to stay, what to see and where to get your tyres fixed, funnily enough the lady at the Tourist Centre had a son who ran a local tyre place, problem solved
Left the car if for the new threads and walked into the city, amazing the clean up they've done here since those floods, you'd never know anything had happened apart from a few shops still not open there was no sign of any damage and lots of trees and flowers along the storm drains, collect the car and took spin...
Toowoomba in the local aboriginal dialect means "place of many clouds"...just made that up but it was pretty true as the clouds rolled in and it lashed rain, then stop - sun out, lash again. We took the Tourist drive around the town, a great idea but the signs were crap and we missed some of it, no matter Trish got her Botanic fix (Japanese Gardens, beautiful place) and I got me "did you know" fix at the Cobb & Co Museum...did you know the term "dash board" comes from a board to stop stones hitting the coach driver as the horses "dash" along the road??
The rain kept coming and then the thunder and real rain came...no wonder this place flooded even though its perched on top of a mountain (actually the edge of the Great Dividing Range), which you don't realise until you go to Picnic Point and then the views of the Lockyer Valley below are something... and i do mean below, Trish is nearly over here fear of heights but probably too late as we're off to the coast, we're hear it's warm and dry down there...by the way we've now covered 3500kms and Diesel has set us back just over $800, prices are up to $1.60 per litre in some places...