Day 14 - Monday 26th July 2021.

Sapphire to Blackall.

Blue Gem Tourist Park to Blackall Caravan Park

We slept well and woke just before 7:00am.

We packed up and left Blue Gem CP (8:56am) and headed towards Alpha, the traffic on the Capricorn Hwy was light. We had a pitstop at Alpha (10:35am), then continued on to Jericho (11:11am) with another pit stop. We arrived at Barcaldine (12:07pm) and stopped at the Rest Area just on the outskirts, and had lunch, beautiful cornbeef sangas. We made them last night for our 3 days travelling and froze them. We arrived at Blackall CP at 1:40pm.

I connected power and water and setup the satelite dish with only the Foxtel settop box. I tuned into ch7 and spent the rest of the arvo watching the Olympics. Marg was relaxing in her comfy lounge.

Tomorrow, we head to the Evening Star TP, Charleville.

Blue Gem TP to Blackall CP - 383kms.

Barcaldine Lunch spot.

Barcaldine Rest Area.

Barcaldine Rest Area.

Marg relaxing at Blackall CP.

We are at Blackall Caravan Park.



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Day 15 - Tuesday 27th July 2021.

Blackall to Charleville.

Blackall Caravan Park to Evening Park TP

We slept well and woke just before 7:00am.

We packed up and left Blackall CP (8:41am) and headed towards Tambo, again the traffic on the Landsborough Hwy was very light. We had a pitstop at Tambo (9:55am), then continued on to Augathella (11:48am) with another pit stop. Augathella has a beautiful 'painted silo'. Absolutely magnificent. The photos below don't do it justice. We turned right onto the Mitchell Hwy and arrived at Evening Star Tourist Park (1:31pm), which is about 8kms out of town on a 300 acre farm.

I connected power and water and setup the satelite dish with only the Foxtel settop box. I tuned into ch7 and then drove into Charleville to fill up the mighty Navara, then spent the rest of the arvo watching the Olympics. Marg was relaxing in her comfy lounge.

Tomorrow, we head to the Channel Country TP, Quilpie.

Blackall CP to Evening Star TP - 310kms.

Augathella 'Painted Silo'.

Augathella 'Painted Silo'.

Augathella 'Painted Silo'.

Augathella 'Painted Silo'.

Evening Star TP.

Do you see Marg relaxing.



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Day 16 - Wednesday 28th July 2021.

Rest Day in Charleville.

We slept well and woke just before 7:00am.

We have had a number of problems with the Fiver, so Marg and I have decided to terminate our trip and head home.

So Today, we drove into Charleville, had a coffee and we went to the biggest 'El Cheapo' store that Marg has ever seen and that is saying something.
Back at camp, we spent the remainder of the day relaxing and listening and watching the Olympics.

Tomorrow, we head homeward, stopping at Mitchell, Miles, Toowoomba and Sunday night at Broadwater Tourist Park, so we can unpack.


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Day 17 - Thursday 29th July 2021.

Charleville to Mitchell.

Evening Park Tourist Park to Major Mitchell Caravan Park.

We slept well and woke just before 7:00am.

We packed up, emptied the 'shitter' and left Evening Star TP (8:42am) and headed towards and stopped at Morven (9:59am). We were there for 30 minutes checking out their historic buildings. Some of the'stuff' on display was brilliant, stuff that my Nanny had many, many years ago. Continued on our way to Mitchell, arriving at 11:33am, asked for a site with ensuite, got one for $35 for the night. Very cheap.
Unhitched the Fiver and Marg and I drove into downtown Mitchell and stopped at the Mitchell bakery for a coffee and meat pies. While I got a table on the footpath, Marg ordered and instead of meat pies, she ordered 'Loaded Spuds' and they were bloody YUMMA.

On the way back to camp, we filled up with fuel and spent the afternoon just relaxing and listening to the radio, as I couldn't find the satellite as we are surrounded with trees.

Tomorrow, we head to the Miles Crossroads Caravan Park.

Evening Star TP to Major Mitchell CP - 195kms.

Marg at Mitchell Bakery.

Our 'Loaded Spuds'.

Morven Miniatures.

Morven Miniatures.

Morven Miniatures.



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Day 18 - Friday 30th July 2021.

Mitchell to Miles.

Major Mitchell Caravan Park to Miles Crossroads Caravan Park.

We slept well and woke just before 7:00am.

We packed up and left major Mitchell CP (8:44am) and headed towards and stopped at Roma (9:46am) for aa pitstop then continued on to a Rest Area (10:46am) before arriving at Miles Crossroads CP (11:49am).
Unhitched the Fiver and Marg and I drove into downtown Miles and stopped at the Miles Bakery for a coke and meat pies. While I got a table on the footpath, Marg ordered herself another 'Spud" while I had 2 magnificent homemade meat pies. they were bloody YUMMA.

On the way back to camp, we filled up with fuel and spent the afternoon just relaxing and watching the Olympics. Yesterday I couldn't find the Satellite, today I found it in under 2 minutes (no trees).

Tomorrow, we head to the Toowoomba Motor Village Caravan Park.

Major Mitchell CP to Miles Crossroads CP - 228kms.

Marg at Miles Bakery.

Rest Area.

Us at Miles Cross Roads CP.

Us at Miles Cross Roads CP.



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Day 19 - Saturday 31st July 2021.

Miles to Home (Broadwater TP).

Miles Crossroads Caravan Park to Broadwater Tourist Park.

We slept well and woke just before 7:00am.

We packed up and left Miles Cross Roads CP (8:41am) and headed towards Toowoomba. We had booked in at the Toowoomba Motor Village CP, but that all changed after Lukey (son) rang us and said that the Gold Coast was going into Lockdown at 4pm. Marg and I then decided to drive non stop to Home (Broadwater TP). The traffic was very light for most of the drive. The views on the Toowoomba By Pass road were beautiful, so Marg took 100 + photos.
We arrived at Broadwater TP at 1:16pm.

As I was checking in the staff told me that as I was not sleeping in the van then I can't access it after 4pm, when Lockdown starts.
SO Marg and I worked like 10 men and emptied the van of everything that isn't van stuff. We had to do 2 trips, after the first trip, Marg stayed home and started unpacking. I finished the 2nd trip at 3:58pm.

As I was reconnecting our Foxtel box, I was missing one of it's coax cable, which just happen to be in the Fiver, SO I drove back to the park, about a kilometer away and snuck into the Park, leaving the truck out the front, got the cable and got home, without any dramas.
Reconnected Foxtel, all worked correctly.

We then relaxed and I had a chilled refresher or two..... or three.

Tomorrow, we slowly put all our crap away.

Miles Crossroads CP to Home - 388kms.

Toowoomba By-Pass.

Toowoomba By-Pass.

Toowoomba By-Pass.



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Monday 9th August 2021.

History of Selling our Fiver.

During our 'shakedown' trip just completed in July 2021, we experienced a number of physical Fiver dramas due to the Fiver being in storage for over 3 years. Even though, we had it serviced in June.

Some of the problems were the TV antenna cable had perished, driving along the bouncy Dawson Hwy, the washing machine broke loose, the cold water taps ceased to operate. This was a major inconvenience as the toilet wouldn't flush, the shower and washing machine and kitchen sink had no cold water. The power cord fused to its 15A extension cord, the gas pressure was lower than normal even though both gas bottles were full.

After some indepth discussion, Marg and I decided to sell the Fiver. We had from 2008 to 2017 a magnificent time. Saw a lot of Oz and have over 30,000 photos to relive a magic time. Our latest trip has shown us that we are now over the caravanning adventure. We have been spoilt with our Apartment and are quite happy to get rid of our Fiver.

The downside to sell the Fiver, was that the Fiver would be in storage and with no space to show the Fiver in all its glory, erecting the awning and putting the skideouts out. We decided to check out 'Cash for Caravans', that's when I found a guy on the Sunshine Coast. I sent him photos and after a few phone calls, emails etc, we agreed on a price. Now all we wanted, was for the Lockdown to be over. It was over at 4pm Sunday 8th August, so I organised it to be delivered the next day on Monday 9th August, by towing it ourselves.

On Monday, we left Broadwater TP at 7;25am and headed along the M1 to Brisbane, where it started to rain and continued raining the whole way to the Sunshine Coast. We planned to meet up at Aussie World in Palmview, arriving at 9:42am. We met up and the guy led us to his storage yard, where we did the deal and left there at 11:05am. We then drove home in the mighty Navara about 157kms arriving home about 2:00pm, after a couple of shopping stops.

Both Marg and I are very happy to have got rid of the Fiver so quickly.

Home to the Sunshine Coast and return - 335kms.

Last Photos of our Fiver
taken on 2nd August @ Broadwater TP during Lockdown.

Last Photos of our Fiver
taken on 2nd August @ Broadwater TP during Lockdown.

Last Photos of our Fiver
taken on 2nd August @ Broadwater TP during Lockdown.



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