Something aside from driving

Trip Start Jul 29, 2009
Trip End Oct 29, 2009

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Flag of Australia  , Queensland,
Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Basically, the days since Sydney have pretty much just been spent driving. I think you should be able to see all the places we stopped, but I didn’t bother writing about all of them because it’s pretty boring to read about how long we drove for! The driving isn’t too bad though because we have all the Harry Potter books on CD, as well as some Matthew Reilly and some other authors. They make the time pass really quickly.

We have been using Tom-Tom to find our way to each place. Obviously we do have maps but it’s nice to know your speed and ETA. Unfortunately, Tom-Tom often lives up to his nickname of Dum-Dum and has already taken us down a dirt road, rather than sticking to the Bruce Hwy!!

It has been getting progressively warmer as we travel north – we are now up to 26 degrees during the day. We are all greatly enjoying getting round in shorts, t-shirts and Crocs (just for you, Macca!).

Today we did our first activity – White Water Rafting on the Tully River. We got picked up from our caravan park at 7.55am and drove to Tully. We had only paid to do the regular trip but got asked if we wanted to do the extreme version instead, for no extra. It is still the same rapids, but we got to stop at quite a few places and jump off high rocks. We also got to float down a rapid (surprisingly frightening)  and do some body-surfing on a standing wave. Unfortunately, the weather wasn’t the best that we’ve had so far, so we were both a bit cold. That said, it didn’t ruin the experience at all. There were some huge rapids and lots of big splashes.

We had a BBQ lunch beside the river and continued down the river for a little longer in the afternoon.

All in all, it was an excellent day and we are both nice and tired!!

Laurie headed up to Cairns today ahead of us. He is picking up Josie from the airport tomorrow.

We will write again soon when there is more to tell…
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