16 November 2010
15 November 2010
14 November 2010
11 November 2010
10 November 2010
Surprisingly there is almost no road kill at the moment as well.
I declined an offer of accommodation with a mate in Alice, not nice to turn up and give everyone a cold. So I am ensconced in a nice motel without the A/c on.
09 November 2010
Away at about 6am I kept a wary eye on storms off to the south and heading north. I managed to outrun two of them but a third appeared over the horizon directly in front. Lots of lightning hitting the ground.
As I got closer it looked quite scary. This was an open plain with either no trees or very short scrub and the GoldWing has two shiny aerials sticking up the back. I actually folded them down in anticipation. However I had visions of lightning striking under my armpits.
Thankfully, I came upon a roadside rest stop with a shelter - of sorts. Just a flat roof over a table. But there was room to park the bike and it was a metal frame so I figured it would act as a faraday cage.
I put on the wets and waited.
The strikes got closer, coming from where I was headed so there would have been no escape.
Soon the bangs and flashes were simultaneous and very loud -scary.
Then came the rain. It bucketed down almost literally with the water also pouring through large gaps in the roof and wind blowing it everywhere. Nothing to do but hunker down and wait.
07 November 2010
The weather was still quite cool, in the low 30's so the riding was still pleasant.
We had a short stop in McKinlay to check Ian's fuel flow and not long after we were in Cloncurry for a fast fuelup.
Not so. The pump ran very slowly and took about four minutes to put in 23 liters. So the whole stop took six minutes pull in to back on the road. Not so good.
Back on the road again and we enjoyed the run in to Mt Isa over the rugged country. It makes a nice change after all the flat stuff since Dalby the day before.
By now the day was rather warm - 36C and the run to Camooweal was draining. But we arrived before the real heat of the afternoon hit and are now holed up in a nice air conditioned room back of the pub.
Ian spent a bit of time attaching Charleen's HID driving lights.
Only trouble here is there is very little Internet coverage so I'll try uploading via the iPhone.