Wednesday 28th September 2011, Winton.
Have now started moving in a southerly direction to Winton, and it will be nice sometime soon to be in an area with slightly cooler temperatures. We have now entered this area on the timeline when most others are starting to leave, peak season is over, because the weather starts to get rather hot, so we will be experiencing the warmth for a little while longer yet.
One of the main reasons we came this way is so Linda can visit an old friend that now lives here, and it seems there are a few things to do here that we didnâ€™t do when we were here last time, so it shouldnâ€™t be very hard at all filling in time.
Thursday 22nd September 2011, Cloncurry.
I have been keeping my eye out lately on a particular web site for a new satellite dish tuning meter that can be programmed to find any one particular satellite, must be a lot easier to use, especially for the novice. The advertised time of receipt of the new meters had expired so I decided to email the company to find out what was happening. They responded with â€œWe have two left of our first supply, if you want one ring up, order it, and itâ€™s yoursâ€?. I did just that and the following day it arrived in the mail, beauty some fiddling with the satellite to find out how much easier it is to use. I made sure my old meter was working, placed in line some plug-in connectors to overcome screwing the â€˜Fâ€™ connectors all the time when swapping between meters, placed the new meter in line, and it didnâ€™t work, no signal readings. After fiddling I found the new meter actually had an intermittent faulty connection on the input side and would only work if I held the cables at a tight angle, no good like this so I called the suppliers again. As I suspected they will not have a replacement until their next shipment turns up hopefully next week, so the arrangement is to call back later and if they have in fact turned up they will send a replacement, all I have to do is work out where I am going to be?
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 wonâ€™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.
Saturday 17th September 2011, Cloncurry.
What have we been doing for the past week? This is a type question we quite often get asked and I can only come back with the same old answer, â€œWe donâ€™t ever seem to achieve a great deal, but we never have much spare timeâ€?. Again this is reasonably the case although we have had a bit of nothing to do time since being here at Cloncurry, and have enjoyed it. Not all the time has been like that though as we always have cleaning and maintenance to do, especially as a lot of areas we have been lately have been rather dusty, so it has been another spring cleaning session. One oâ€™clock in the afternoon and the cleaning for today has been done, so now just sit back, do a little computer work, and watch the car racing from Phillip Island.
Saturday 10th September 2011, Cloncurry.
By the way for the sharp eyed readers the date on the last report should have been Wednesday 7th not the 9th.
We have now moved to Cloncurry about 120K east of Mount Isa. We have been here before and this time we are going to have another relaxing time of two weeks plus because we canâ€™t get into our next destination, Winton, due to a festival and all caravan parks are booked out.
Our time at Mount Isa was well spent familiarising ourselves with the place as it will be probably our last visit, and a lengthy stay like that is what one needs to imbed images of the city into ones mind to remain for a long time.
The trip here this morning was another eye opener with the scenery being so much different than what we have been used to, being rough and craggy instead of flat and barren. We canâ€™t remember the scenery being like this on the last time through but we reckon it is because the area is so thick with green lush vegetation now where it would have been a bit dry on our last visit, it does make for a much more enjoyable trip. We were going to have a night over in a rest area half way here but unfortunately it is a little cool at the moment with a cold southerly wind, just to make it a miserable camping out evening, and when we reached the rest area nobody else was there, which I generally take as not being a good sign for stopping. There would normally be someone camping as some people stop for more than one day, so we decided that as Linda was not feeling absolutely top of the world we would continue on to Cloncurry.