Sunday, June 1, 2014
Charters Towers to Reid River Rest Area
Cummulative totals - 3257km and 23,258km
Reid river rest area = free!
Hi de hi campers, we had a lovely 3 day break at Charters, apart from eating copious amounts of pull apart chocolate bread we really did nothing at all. I read all day on my first rest day and on the 2nd day just a few chores and mapping. We had a little visit from Ludo from Belgium ...
Onto todays ride, I bought a spare pair of cycle shorts at the cycle shop in Charters (he has been opened 3 years) and he was chatting to me and mentioned that the road between Charters and Townsville has been redone, if I remember correctly last time we cycled this the road didn't really have a shoulder but today clearly they have widened the road and the shoulder is wide enough for us with the cars. Being a Sunday I didn't think there would be much traffic on the road and I was right ... traffic wasn't heavy at all, there were even less trucks around, just the odd one here and there (going both ways).
We crossed over the Burdekin river at Macrossan - heaps of people at the free camping area there!)
So up to Mingella (at 50km) the road is rolling, we had a cuppa at Mingella rest area and you are riding along looking at the surrounding area and there is not a mountain in sight all except one that was in isolation. Now if you didn't know the area you would be surprised to find this ...
I am not sure what the name of this mountain is but I thought it was pretty spectacular
Riding along today in our shoulder we came across a small snake, I saw it, looked in my mirror and couldn't see behind me (Neil blocks my view a bit) to see if I could duck out to go around it but by then I could see it was dead and passed it but I didn't get time to warn Neil that it is there and it is dead as Neil had already spotted it at the last minute and he squealed and lifted his feet of this pedals ... it was funny to watch in my mirror! That will teach him for being to close to me and blocking my view!
We get to our rest area at around 1.40pm and noticed a few changes to the rest area, first there is a heap of barriers around all the treed areas and it is very restrictive as to where caravaners can go, we are okay to go under the massive trees which provide shade for us as we can get between the barriers but we noticed that there is no shade for the caravaners.
So tomorrow is a shortish day to Townsville ... Neil has chosen our caravan park - Riverside Convention Center ... believe it or not it is run by a Seventh Day Adventist
group and has dorms, cabins, hall, caravan and camping section so it is not your traditional caravan park but it is relatively central to where we want to be. Other caravan parks are very crowded and the only one that is really suited for tents is full of backpackers so we thought we would give this one a go!