Trip Start Jan 20, 2007
Trip End May 06, 2007

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Flag of Australia  , Queensland,
Friday, February 16, 2007

Our search for Kroombit led us back into the remote Outback and we saw a wild kangaroo! It bounced across the road/track and bounded into the long grass before stopping and turning to have a good look at us. Apparently a 'Pretty-Faced' Kangaroo. Aaaa yes it was very pretty. Also saw lots of odd cows with strange saggy necks. Anyways, Kroombit is basically a cattle station in the middle of nowhere so we stayed in little cabin/shacks and everything else was out in the dusty open with a few tin rooves. Proper outback, farmer, cowboy kinda territory.

We did a goat rodeo thing which had me in stitches. All these goats in a pen weeing and pooing everywhere shamelessly (the aroma was lovely!) and then we had teams of 3 to catch, turn them over and then brand them (with a cold iron, not a real one) Highly amusing to witness although quite sad at one point as they let out a tiny baby one and it was bleating and crying and just stood there n wet himself. Poor little goat, he was fine though. Anyway then it was our go and I nearly wet myself cos we had the biggest meanest hairiest bastard ever! The other goats had kind of timidly run away scared when they were let in the pen but this one just stood there, an immoveable giant just staring, like 'c'mon, bring it!' So Jonny walked over (I'm fairly sure shitting his pants), grabbed its horns and tried to pull it over to the 'branding area'. He was pulling with his whole weight and the beast did not budge! Then his shoe fell off so he had nice poo between his toes and was just sliding around in the mud/poo. Eventually we got some help n managed to drag the stubborn creature over and bring him down. Yeehaa! All ended up literally covered in goat shit though.

After that entertaining episode we all then had a go at lassooing proper cowboy style and learnt how to crack a whip which was pretty cool. You had to break the sound barrier by flicking it so hard and fast (all in the wrist!) and very tricky to master, but felt very empowering and dominatrix-like!

For the evening entertainment they had one of those mechanical bulls but it was seriously brutal and extreme! I got flipped off on the 2nd buck as my legs slipped but I refused to let go with my hands resulting in what I imagine was an impressive somersault off the front. Following this were many beers and games getting crazier and crazier until a Canadian guy ended up naked on the table... yup, definitely time for bed.
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