Trip Start Oct 01, 2007
82Trip End Mar 28, 2008
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Lucky pushed on and we made it to Charters Towers, a charming little town, only to come to a huge billboard that said ROAD CLOSED. I was stating to feel like I was in India again. I didn't think we would have any problems once we got here since it was a major highway across the state (like HWY 50). I figured at least this major road of transportation they would have build the road up higher or a bridge over some of these flood plains, but apparently not since there was a permanent billboard listing road status for different sections of the highway.
Again we checked with the gas station attendant and they told Jeff that cars had been coming thru all day and it hadn't rains so it should be fine. Again we took a chance and headed the 60km west to the flood point at Pub Creek. A van and a ute (car/truck) were stopped ahead of us checking the depth. The ute driver indicated it was about mid-calf then got in his car and drove thru. Jeff figured that since he made it with a rear wheel drive we could make it in a front wheel drive. I don't know if this logic was accurate or said to make me feel better, but Lucky made it and that's all that matters. Thankfully there was no more flooding as we drove on to Hughenden and got a campsite for the night from a really grumpy drunk man. He was probably grumpy since we interrupted his drinking. Or perhaps it was because he lived in a town that lonely planet said was nice but was really pretty crappy.