Early to Airlie

Trip Start Mar 23, 2013
Trip End Apr 22, 2013

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Flag of Australia  , Queensland,
Friday, April 5, 2013

Well, that was the intention anyway given the immovable ferry deadline of 4pm and the longest distance yet to be tackled of 470kms with the ubiquitous roadworks.

It got of to a good start with me rising at 6:30 and the rest of Team Wad up in the next 15 minutes or so. But then the charm of the Henderson Farm got the better of us. The boys were out playing on the lawn, we look our time cooking brekkie and eating it out on the wonderful deck, and eventually we made the shirt drive to the farm house itself to collect our washing which Ryan and his wife had so kindly offered to tumble dry for us. And while we chatted, the boys were off discovering the cows - a cross between Indian Brahman cows (hardy ) and Aberdeen Angus (good meat ? ) - and playing rodeo.
Before we knew it, it was 9:30 and off we raced to catch that ferry.
I was soon cursing those roadworks as we averaged 65kph for the first hour of the journey which was going to mean a night on the mainland.
But no need to worry, as luckily for us there were so large sections of open road where I could open up the engine and power along. In fact , I could reach such good speeds that we made it to Airlie Beach at 2:30 pm giving us a healthy margin in terms of time. A couple of hiccups on arrival though... The centre of town was a building site and it took absolutely ages to find the Avis office and yet again the Trailfinders instructions as to where to catch there ferry were non existent. It turned our that our ferry was leaving 20 kms away from the Avis offices. Luckily for us , the lady at the Avis office got on the phone and managed to switch our departure point to a much closer place and I managed to drop off Rosa and the kids at the ferry , re-tank , drop off the car and get back to the harbour with 15 minutes to spare.

In all, since leaving Sydney, we have driven just about 2700 kms. On my calculations, that is pretty much the same as driving from
London, through France and Spain, down to Gibraltar and across into Morocco and then down to Casablanca. And we've only done part of the East Coast - this is one large country!

It was a really glorious day on arrival and as we boarded the catamaran to Hamilton Island our thoughts turned to the next 5 days of sun filled beach and corals ahead.
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