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Old 04-26-2007, 01:30 AM   #46
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Right across the road from where I stayed was the flashest food joint in town. So, naturally, being the suave debonair type, I persuaded the maitre de to grab me a table despite the fact they were heavily overbooked.


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Old 04-26-2007, 01:34 AM   #47
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Cuisine de Karamba. Okay, I admit there were oysters in those shells when the food arrived at the table. But hey, I forgot to photograph them alright? Jeeze. Give me a break, I can't remember everything. But - and no offence meant to the proprietors who were friendly and perfectly acceptable human beings - if Karumba is the prawn capital of the world, how come this is the best they could do? Oh, and by the way you're lucky there's any fish left in the photo I was so hungry.


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Old 04-26-2007, 01:37 AM   #48
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Having eaten, I returned to the Donga and had a quiet chat to the room mate, who seemed to have grown fatter since I saw him last. Is he not alone, or am I imagining things? Never mind, I don't think he can hurt me.


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Old 04-26-2007, 01:39 AM   #49
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Sorry about this. I know this is very unattractive. However, I need sympathy. This huge life-threatening wound is the only external sign of this morning's road train incident. Naturally, I am disappointed and mention to the room mate that I am hurt on the inside. Incidentally, the day's ride, despite spending time horizontal, was 820km.


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Old 04-26-2007, 01:43 AM   #50
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more, spill the beans, and did your roomate hitchhike to your next place????

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Old 04-26-2007, 01:45 AM   #51
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Day 6, Point of departure Karumba

7.30am start. Not particularly early because I know from previous experience that it doesn't pay to ride at dawn or dusk out here. However, the temptation is strong because, just look at the scenery. This is right at the roadside on my way out of Karumba toward Normanton again. The white birds are apparently Egrets. There were lots of larger birds I think were Brolgas - a kind of crane.


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Old 04-26-2007, 01:46 AM   #52
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more, spill the beans, and did your roomate hitchhike to your next place????

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All in good time. I can tell you my little gecko friend took a dislike to my body odour and decided not to accompany me any further.
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Old 04-26-2007, 01:47 AM   #53
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I usually find it hard to make myself stop for pics, but this morning it was easy.


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Old 04-26-2007, 01:50 AM   #54
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It's almost 100% wetlands between Karumba and Normanton, and I have truly never seen so much birdlife in my life. It was amazing, but - no surprise here - if I slowed down to get a photo filled with birds, this is what happened. . .


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Old 04-26-2007, 01:52 AM   #55
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And just when everything seems to be going smoothly.



This is a kangaroo. Sorry, was a kangaroo. Only a small one, mind - they do grow to well over 6 foot tall - but this one is only about 3 foot. The reason it is resting at this awkward angle is because it cheekily tried to run across the road in front of me, not realising that I was travelling at over 120kmh at the time, and mounted on the Pig. This was not wise.

To be truthful, this incident scared the bejeezus out of me. I've had real big 'roos run across the road before, but this is the first one I've hit. I was lucky though, I struck it with my right boot, killing it instantly but not even bruising myself.

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Old 04-26-2007, 01:59 AM   #56
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This is the point of collision. A quick check of the bike reveals a slight smear of blood on the sump bash plate, but nothing else. Oh, and trembling hands.


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Old 04-26-2007, 02:03 AM   #57
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The Highway south from Normanton is called the Burke Development Road. I don't know why. It has only one outpost of civilisation on its 400km length, and this is it: The Burke and Wills Roadhouse. This is where Highway 1 turns west again and heads back towards the gulf coast to a place called Burketown. It was my intended route, however the road (which is just a dirt track most of the way) is cut by floods further north, so I have to go around on the hard top.


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Old 04-26-2007, 02:07 AM   #58
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After 400km, the road intersects with the Barkly Highway at Cloncurry, which I reached at about 11.00am, still pretty shy of 'roos. At Cloncurry, I turned west again and was pretty pleased to be on a decent bit of black stuff again. This highway is in good nick till you reach the border another 330km west at Camooweal.


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Old 04-26-2007, 02:11 AM   #59
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If you've never been out here, it's hard to picture just how remote it really is. Aside from Mt Isa, a relatively large mining town (but still a town), there's nothing for miles, and Camooweal is the only dot on the map in 500km. This is it.


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Old 04-26-2007, 02:13 AM   #60
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I couldn't get anything better than 91 octane - and I tell you the Pig does not like 91.


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