It was a mild night and we slept well and awoke about 7:15am, which was great.
Today is our 'biggest' of the trip so far, a whopping distance of 94kms, so I did not start packing up until 8:30am. I had to pack up Marg's 'special' room, the Sat Dish and cable, the chairs, the water and power, while Marg does inside the fiver. Shock, horror, we were last of the group in the park to leave. We left at 9:42am and drove over to the Info centre, so I could empty 'the shitter' at their dump point.
We were off at the speed of a startled gazelle, well maybe not, there were roadworks off and on for the first 65kms from Georgetown, with many stretches of single lane bitumen. There was meant to be a rest area at the 53kms, but it had disappeared, so we drove non stop, except for many road work traffic lights, probably about 5 in total. As we arrived in Mount Surprise, the town has a free wash area that they want you to use so they can try and control the spread of some weed disease, so we ran our rig over the automated washer, which sprays high pressure jets under and up the side of our rig. There was a sign that said close all windows, which we did and proceeded on through this car wash. It did a great job, as the mighty Navara was dusty from its adventure to Agate Creek. Now it is all clean again ready for tomorrow's adventure to O'Briens creek along 40 odd kilometers of gravel road.
After our epic drive of 94kms, we arrived at Mount Surprise at 11:15am and were shown to our site, we were shown 3 sites and we had to choose one, I thought that I had left all these major management decisions at work, now that I am retired we don't have to make these major decisions anymore, so I handballed the decision to Marg. As we are here for 4 nights, we did a full setup without the awning as we are surrounded by trees.
After we finished setting up, we drove over to Mt Surprise gems (aka The Gem Den) to confirm our attendance at tomorrow's tag along adventure to O'Briens Creek where we are going to find humungous topaz or that's the plan. After leaving The Gem Den, we drove all of 50 meters to the service station/supermarket to buy some bread and top up with fuel, next stop was all of 10 meters and stopped out the front of the Pub, where I wandered out with a 'block of 30 cans' of XXXX Gold
, that should see me through until Innot Hot Springs in 5 days. After all that activity we made it back to camp and relaxed after such a stressful day. Sometimes, I really think about pulling the pin, as we are under so much stress, then I think we are doing it for the team.
Marg had a nanna nap, while I buggered about here. I am sitting outside writing this when a 'million', or bloody close to it, Apostle Birds
flew into the surrounding trees and made a bloody racket. I have been lured inside
as Marg is cooking dinner and it smells YUMMA, fish and vegies. We will have a quiet night watching TV, as I set up the Dish, so all is good.
Tomorrow, we have to be at 'The Gem Den' at 7:45am for our tag along adventure. Wish us luck.