Rain and more rain
17.07.2016 - 19.07.2016 19 °C
Day 22. July 17.
We left Barcaldine just on 9.00 and headed west again. The rain has eased and it is only a very fine sprinkle all the way to Longreach. We had morning tea at Ilfracombe and took a few photos of some of the hundreds of old machinery pieces which line the side of the main street.
We booked into a caravan park which is quite muddy but at least we have power and there isn't too much change of our being bogged here.
We rang Bob's cousin David who lives in Longreach and invited ourselves to afternoon tea and spent the afternoon with David and Betty and later on their son Danny and his son Ethan came to see us. It was a pleasant afternoon.
When we came back to the van we caught up with George Peter and Pommy Bob. They are all fed up with all the rain and mud in SUNNY QUEENLAND and are thinking about going east to the coast then home. We think that all the van parks and free camps will be the same as this for quite a while even if the rain does stop. It is very uncomfortable.
Day 23. July 18
We did some laundry this morning in the towns laudromat and followed that up with a little shopping. When we returned to the van we found that the boys had been talking and were thinking of leaving this afternoon as the tourist info centre were advising everyone to leave as the weather was going to get worse. So at about 2.00 pm we pulled up stakes and drove back down the highway - through Barcaldine - to a rest area 50km east of Barcaldine at Alice River which was quite solid.. Glenn and Yvonne have decided to go direct to Yvonnes sons home down near Brisbane so they have headed off separately.
Day 24. July 19.
We left the good campsite near the Alice River and drove through Jerico stopping there long enough to take a couple of photos of the Crystal Trumpeters:
In 1988 the 'Crystal Trumpeters' were constructed in memory of the Biblical story where the Israelites marched around the walls of Jericho for six days and blew their trumpets on the seventh day and watched as the city walls collapsed. The crystals symbolise various moments in the Old Testament such as the slavery in Egypt, the parting of the Red Sea, the receiving of the Ten Commandments, the crossing of the River Jordan and the arrival in the Promised Land.
We had morning tea at Alpha then drove on the Anakie where we had lunch. The railway station here is quite cute.
Next stop was at Emerald where we thought we might camp at the free campsite - It was packed as well as being VERY muddy so we went to the Showground and were lucky to get spots. It is a bit muddy here as well.