A really long drive in from Longreach. Numb legs and everything. Won’t be doing that again. From here on only short trips, not driving through.
Army convoys the entire way inland – that made our trip even longer.
Skipped the touristy things in Winton – the waltzing matilda place in town looked interesting – we’ll stop in next trip.
Stopped in at the crocodile dundee pub for a drink. Pub is the only thing in town. Kinda funny. Bought a new stubbie cooler, starting a collection.
Started to see more really big road trains with 4 carriages. Don’t know how some of those stay on the road with the wind – caterpillaring all over the place.
Came into Cloncurry straight to the info centre. Nice day stopover, picnic area and a little shop. Asked about the road up to Lawn Hill and apparently our rig will make it no problems. Good news!
Also found the tyre replair place right across the road from the info centre, not really well sign posted just look for the place with lots of old tyres everywhere. Only one around for ages and the guys there are awesome.
Took in our tyre with broken valve from Longreach. He grabbed it and said “back in 5 mins”. Sure enough he was back in 5 minutes and our valve was replaced. He didn’t want any money for it, just said spend it in town on something 🙂
We asked him about the other tyres on the van, he had a look and told us they were a bit old, and the other valves may fail, or the whole tyres may fail. He touched one of the tyre valves to see if it was damaged and the whole thing fell off and our tyre deflated. hahaha! Lucky we were there and not on the road. So in with the van and up on the jack. Replaced that valve as well and scheduled the other 4 van tyres in for tomorrow morning (it was closing time and they wanted to get to the show).
On the way out of the tyre place we checked out the two van parks in town, they looked really crowded so we headed to Wal’s Camp (about 5k’s out of town, nothing much around). It was $15 for the night, no power or water. But a hot shower and place to stay.