Day 27 - Ilfracombe

Trip Start Sep 07, 2010
Trip End Jan 31, 2011

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Monday, October 4, 2010

Yep we are still here but definitely leaving tomorrow. Will head down to Blackall which is only a short trip.

Went for our usual morning walk after a bit of a lie in due to the late finish on Sunday night. There were quite a few locusts on the dirt road where we walked and they were flying away as we approached them.

On the way back to the park we stopped off to check out the museums and the collection of old machinery that lines the road through town. There are some really interesting contraptions in the collection as well as the more recognisable items of equipment. The day was actually quite hot as the wind had dropped substantially.

There is an old house set back from the main road that houses a whacky collection of items such as bottles, buttons, scissors, chains, hand tools and heaps more. The whole house is jam packed with stuff.

At one stage there were 8 caravans lined up in the main street. We spoke to a guy walking past while we had a coffee at the cafe and he informed us that they were a club from Griffith who were on a 4-5 week trip.

After lunch we headed back into Longreach to stock up again on supplies before heading further south.

At 5:30 we popped in to the meet and greet at the shed and arranged to meet up with the crew for a final dinner at the Wellshot Hotel.

It was funny watching Trish trying to get her $5 note to stick to the ceiling of the pub. It's stuck on with a thumb tack that's wound into the note with a coin to give it some purchase when it hits the roof. Obviously Trish wasn't holding her mouth in the correct position because Jan got it first go. I'm sure that feat will be relived when next we catch up. The money is donated to the RFDS once a month.

The pub's dog was amazing to watch - she was a border collie. She chases bottle tops thrown by patrons around the pub. I threw a bottle top onto a table and she put her paw on it and dragged it off the table on to the floor!

After tea we met back at the shed for another singalong - Greg with the Guitar and Gavin with the harmonica (he was very good). Jesse (the park manager) contributed to the occasion with a few politically incorrect jokes that had everyone in tears again.

We have made some good friends whilst in Ilfracombe and already have some invites to catch up with several couples whilst in Adelaide. We are very pleased that we decided to stop 'for the night'.

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Teresa Kiama on

Hey Hayley - love Mum and Dad's shoes - maybe you could borrow them some time! .
I have just caught up with your blog and am loving it .
The petrol prices are the same as at Freddy's! (not quite but pretty close sometimes)
Love all the photos , keep it up.
cheers and take care xx

Mark & Mandy on

Hey Guys,

You look like you are having a great time!!

Hope it is all going to plan.. and we love the crocs.

Tracey Slattery on

Hi guys
I am learning so much about the out back as you travel along.Looks like you are having a ball,enjoy and take care♥

Brian and Jen on

Hey dont worry about all these new Adelaide friends you wont have time to catch up with them while you get here. looking forward to seeing youyand vicariously enjoying the journey with youy

Deb Huelin on

Hi all.
You certainly are getting into the travelling outback spirit with those shoes!!!!What happened to the RM.s in the outback!!!!!
Love the blog! Have fun

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