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5: Into the Tropics

Rockhampton to Alva Beach

sunny 24 °C
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A Great discovery has been made. Our boys are happy until lunchtime after large bowls of fruit loops. Still loaded to the gun'alls, and starting out very early we continued ever northwards. North of Rocky there seems to be less modern civilisation impinging and the open landscape was much more appealing. We stopped for lunch at Sarina. On the afternoon drive we put our fertile imaginations into gear and managed to amuse ourselves with "I Spy" for an hour or so.
We passed more and more sugar cane fields until at Ayr we turned off the highway and arrived at our destination in time for a walk on the beach.

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3: Meeting up with the boys

Casino to Brisbane

sunny 20 °C
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Lots to catch up on

Lots to catch up on

Hallway at Katy's

Hallway at Katy's

Katy, John and Casino Miniature Train

Katy, John and Casino Miniature Train

More time to catch up with Katy over a very welcome healthy breakfast. Before continuing north, we went with Katy to ride on the little train in Casino which included a visit to the railway museum. The trains looked very realistic, though actually powered by diesel car engines. On the return journey a busload of seniors joined us. I guess the local golfers are used to being madly waved at by busloads of full-sized people perched on a tiny train. Anyway, they waved good-naturedly back.
Katy had suggested we go from Kyogle to Rathdowney via the Risk road, aka the Lions road. My faithful GPS, Jane, didn't want us to go this way at all, suggesting four preferable ways of getting there! She was ruthlessly over-ruled, and, though this route was really fun, and an interesting, spectacular roller-coaster of a trip, I can see why a prudent GPS wouldn't recommend it :)
We stopped for lunch in Beaudesert, To my horror, we had to eat at Maccas as not much was open on Sunday. As it turned out, the noodle salad with grilled chicken was as yummy and healthy as anything I've eaten since leaving home!
It didn't seem so far to get from there to our Brisbane family, but we were rather misled by one of our competing GPS's (modesty prevents me saying which) and eventually got there the roundabout way. It was very nice to see J. in the drive waving at us having talked us there by phone!
The boys had a lot of organising to do for their hike. Dinner was at a nearby Indian Restaurant and we watched "New tricks" before bed.

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2: Travelling North out of the cold

Tamworth to Casino

overcast 17 °C
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The Prettiest house in Casino!

The Prettiest house in Casino!

Bacon and eggs for breakfast made just for us at our motel, then off to Casino. Not such a long trip today - only about 450k. We had lunch at Glen Innes, going to a cafe that seemed popular with locals - which usually works anywhere. They made very nice pumpkin soup.
The road from Tenterfield to Casino winds through farmland and forests down to the coastal plain and is probably a great drive even without the golden afternoon light and rainbows from the occasional showers. The fuel consumption on John's new Subaru went down to 7.4 litres per 100 kilometres which should be useful on our our outback drive.
At Casino, we easily found Katy's place, and yes, it's the prettiest house in Casino! It was lovely to catch up with Katy and nice to get out of winter woollies. We chatted with Katy and her friend Lou over a tasty macaroni dinner, then, very tired after a couple of long days driving, conked out early, sleeping in the glamorous main bedroom.

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1: Off at last

From home to Tamworth

overcast 10 °C

Didn't get away until nearly 2pm, having lunch at Coolo before we left.
Finally we headed north away from the cold, through Cowra, Canowindra and Molong. By the time we got to Wellington it was dark and still far from Tamworth, so we stopped for a quick take-away dinner before taking Dave's advice to get to Tamworth via Willow Tree. Possibly we didn't go the way Dave had intended, as our adventurous way involved miles of dirt roads with cattle grids and hazards such as dead and living deer and other wildlife. We crossed the dividing range at least once with exterior temps as low as zero. However we did get to Willow Tree and thence to Tamworth by 10.30pm. During daylight it might have been a pretty and less adventurous trip. Our spacious room at the Tamwell Motel in Tamworth, luckily prebooked by well-organised John, was extremely welcome.

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