We made it to The Isa. One third of the population is Indigenous, one third are Bikers (here for their big party) and the rest are cowboys for Australias Biggest Rodeo. We have people from all of the boarders of Aus here. The 3,500 population has exploded to 35000. The Shops arent as good as The World (Charters Towers) The weather is nippy at night but great in the day. The billboards say You aren't a Man untill you have been to The Isa. (The model has a miners hat on)
Bikers look after their rides more than car owners do
We passed though Hughendon and Julias Creek ón the Dinasaur Way. There are advertisments for fossils and dinasaur museums all along the highway. Julias Creek run on Artesian?? water. I little slimy on the skin. Yesterday the sun was shining but the wind had this chill facter happenening. We stayed in the van and watch dvd's for 6 hours! The highway is very dry, the creek beds are sand, the roadside vegetation consists of 3 foot high random shrubs. Lots of fresh meat on the highways (dead roos). But it is all still beautiful in its own way. It reminds me of the poem, I love a Sunburnt County. Dorothy Mac Kellar must of lived here when she wrote it. The soil is Red, the hills are bald and the sky is blue. It is a long way to anywhere. But it is still great and the caravanees are like your newest best friend telling you where and where not to go. Our neighbour is a 70 year old Wagga cowboy, no Tarcutta guy who owns 1000 acres that the RTA just put a highway through the middle of he's land. He is here for the Rodeo and wants to know why we aren't staying. The Isa will be enjoying the slush money that the travellers are throwing at them.
signs to nowhere
Mi Isa Stacks
We have tuned into the am band radio the last couple of days. The station interviewed a few bikers and their onions (female on back of bike) The bikers have been travelling an average of 600 km per day to get here. Then they interviewed the onion and she said her bum hurts! I wonder why. We saw bikers sprawled over rocks socking up the sun on our way in a verticle position. I offered them room at ourtable but they were happy lying down... Now I know why.
crossing the NT & QLD boarder
The bikers are still our neighbours. They like to wake us up at 7 am with there Thumpers humming. I don't think I'll miss them.
We are crossing the boader today to the NT. Cheers On the Road Again.......
Barklys Homestead NT
We made it to Barklys Homestead after driving 7 hours with a tail wind! It is very, very hot here. yippee