Day 18 - September 16 Got up and made my coffee and started to pack up. Was able to use the phone in the campsite office to phone around and check for availability on iPhone 8. None of the major stores that were advertising them in their web pages had any in stock. Finally found that the Big W at the south end of Cairns had 4 in stock. Asked them to hold one for me and headed off. The store was about an hour south. I got there by dead reckoning (my phone is my god) and picked up the phone and restored from my laptop at their electronics counter then went out in the mall where wifi was available and had a ham and cheese toastie while all my apps reloaded. Then I was back on my way north. One good thing about this whole misadventure was that I got to ride the beautiful Captain Cook highway two more times. Beautiful twisty road with lots of scenic ocean views. Continued on up the highway through miles and miles of sugar cane plantations and melon farms. I got to the Daintree River and paid $7 to take the ferry across. As soon as you were on the other side you were in a different world. Lush sub-tropical forest with a narrow twisty road and signs warning you to watch out for Cassowaries. I finally saw one come out along the side of the road and while I wasn’t fast enough to get a picture of it on the road, I was able to shoot it hiding in the trees. A little further along I stopped and had an ice cream cone and chatted with a couple from New Zealand for a bit. I had been told I should take the Bloomfield track with runs out of the top of the Daintree and shortly after my stop I found myself on travel. My first clue that it was going to be interesting was the wrecker pulling a car out of the ditch along the side of the road. 5 km in there was a 50 metre water crossing through about half a metre of water. The bottom was round stones packed together to make a bit of a track. I was so focused on getting across I neglected to take a picture or turn on my GoPro! I made it across safely and carried on. It was a bit rough in places, but the big challenge was the hills over the ridges which were posted as having a 30 degree gradient. I stalked on one of them and had the interesting experience of having to restart the bike while sliding backwards down the hill either the brake on. It took three tries, but I finally made it. There were quite a few more water crossings, but only a couple had any water - just a trickle. I also went past two small brush fires and with the smoke from the fires, the dust from the passing utes and the low sun that was straight in front of me, visibility was becoming an issue. I made it through and followed a nice twisty road to my destination for the night - the Lions Den hotel. It’s a historic old roadhouse that offers a bar and meals and either rooms or camping. I opted for camping as set up my tent down a hill a couple of hundred metres from the river. They had told me I could swim in the river if I wanted and I walked down and had a look, but didn’t go in. I chatted with a few of the other campers, then walked up to the hotel for dinner. Their special that night was pasta and meatballs with garlic bread, so I had that with a pint of Wild Yak. Chatted some more after dinner with some other campers and the owner, then headed back to my tent for the night.