Tuesday 20th September 2011, Cloncurry.
Something has just occurred to me that I have been wondering about for a few weeks now. Both here and Mount Isa, even though there have been plenty of caravanners in the caravan parks no one has wanted to mix and talk like we have known them to over the years, unless we approach them. The reason is somewhat obvious here when during the afternoon to evening the caravans come in and setup camp, and the park gets quite full, and then in the morning when we get out of bed the park is again quite empty. Most of those stopping over are only stopping for the night, some for two nights to do some washing, obviously for a rest on their busy and long journey they have to make in only the week or two they have while on holidays. I had forgotten that nowadays there are that many people travelling the roads in caravans, and most of them on short trips, time wise, and these are the people that have not yet come to grips with the attitude of the long term travellers and are only interested in one thing, getting to where they are going, therefore not mixing a great deal and only interested in resting while camped. I had also wondered why, especially since I had my TV repairs sign made, that nobody has needed help with TV, and the reason is the same: they are only staying overnight so whatever problems they may be having won’t last, or they do not have time to bother with repair requests. It is times like these, when we are sitting in a small town for a while where there is not a great deal to do, when a few repair jobs would make the time go by a little quicker.