Backtrackin To Mareeba

Trip Start May 09, 2013
Trip End Jul 01, 2013

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Mt Molloy Rest Area

Flag of Australia  , Queensland,
Tuesday, June 11, 2013

  Fred & I have to brace ourselves to retrace our footsteps back to Mareeba which will involve going back across some really rutted dirt roads.  Things haven't started well this morning the rear vision mirror inside the car has just dropped off it's mounting.  Bugger!  We also have a chip in the windscreen.  Bugger!  We have strapped up the mirror with some duct tape and when we get to Mareeba we'll look at our options.
 We decided to do a bit of DIY and called into the local Repco store in Mareeba.  Our past history with superglue or locktite products has been very poor, however we allowed ourselves to be talked into a some special glue that would definitely fix our mirror and also a do it yourself windscreen repair kit.
 An executive decision was made after leaving Mareeba to only drive another 40 k's and try and use the free over night camp at Mt Molloy.  Fortunately we arrived early enough to get a spot.  It's a fairly popular place to stop for people on the way to Cooktown and for those on their way back from Cooktown.  The weather report is not good, it's been raining in Mossman which is where we'll be heading tomorrow.  Bugger!  Fred set about fixing the rear vision mirror.
 12th June Mt Molloy to Mossman:  It was only a short drive this morning to Mossman, however it wasn't without a bit of drama.  The rear vision mirror that Fred fixed yesterday afternoon wasn't fixed within the first 30 minutes it completely dropped off it's perch when Fred tried  to make a few adjustments to the angle.  For the next 30 k's Fred & I had to take turns in holding on to it to  stop it from banging into the windscreen, we were travelling down the Rex Highway which is very windy and rather scary, there wasn't much opportunity to be able to pull over to re-tape the mirror.
 Now that we have arrived on the east coast free camps are going to be few and far between.  We booked into Newell Beach Caravan Park about 4 k out of Mossman.  The beach is directly across the road and whilst the caravan park is not real flash, it's small and friendly.  Fred has set about trying to fix the mirror yet again.  As far as I'm concerned it's a complete waste of time, like I mentioned earlier we have never had any luck with superglue products, we may as well just donate money to them and be done with.  Following in the DIY theme we are also going to repair our chipped windscreen, this is what you have to do when you live on the road.
 Me & Fred are a bit concerned about all the signs we keep seeing about crocs.  Basically they are informing us that we humans are trespassing on the crocs  natural habitat so we should be mindful of our surroundings.  This afternoon we took a bike ride along a dirt track that eventually came out in a small clearing at the mouth of a creek which feeds into the sea at Newell Beach.  

 There were two old boys sat on buckets fishing in the creek.  I remember reading that crocs like mangroves, and sure enough we were definitely in mangrove country.  I asked the old boys if there could be crocs around here. " Ah yeahhh" they replied. " Aren't you afraid of one of them coming out of the creek? "  I asked.  "Nah, there's no water behind us, so they won't come up here."  At that moment one of them says, "ah look at that, that's about the fourth one I've seen swimming across the creek this afternoon." " What"  I nervously ask.  "Water snakes" he says.  "Can't you see his head going from side to side ?"  Definitely time for us to leave.  My take on things up here is, If a croc doesn't get you, a water snake might, and if they both fail, then there's a good chance that mosquitoes will carry you off, they were vicious.  I didn't have my camera with me at the time of this little encounter, so I am really disappointed at not having a photo of the two old boys.

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matron on

Bit scary that episode, be careful. x

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