Monday, June 2, 2014
Reid River rest area to Townsville
Cummulative totals = 3367km and 23, 368km
Riverside Convention Center = $15 unpowered (tent site) ... can you believe that!!!
We have arrived in the big smoke of Townsville with a population of around 200,000. A very big town for us to visit and normally we avoid places like this but we need a few bike and camping items and this is the only town that would have shops that stock them!
Last time we came here (4 years ago) we bypassed it on the way north as it had the big V8 race on and on the way back down we stayed at a caravan park that had a pet cabin so we splashed out and stayed 2 nights there but never got to see the Strand part of Townsville which is the waterfront which has been all done up so this time we have found a campground and will stay for 3 nights but more on that later.
This morning we got up early since we all had a restless nights sleep - it is very warm at night and even Kouta is struggling to find a cool spot in the tent ... for some strange reason he found sleeping above Neils head the coolest part of the tent last night! When we got up it was about 21 degrees and we were off at around 7.15am while it was relatively cool.
The traffic wasn't too bad when we started but soon we got the traffic coming from Charters trying to get to Townsville before 9am. It is funny riding along here, it is relatively flat (if a little down hill a bit) but either side of you are massive mountain ranges that just 'pop' out of the earth ... there is no gradual area of smaller hills and mountains around the moutain but just flat ground and then straight up in the sky ... here is my view early this morning ...
We did see a Japanese cycle tourist going to Charters and going around Australia and 20km later we saw another touring cyclist also going in the Charters direction and he may have been Aussie to but didn't stop to chat.
We had a cuppa at around the 40km mark and we have stopped here before it is a massive parking area for trucks and their trailers. We don't go into the area just on the outside across the road ...
So Neil is exceptionally happy with this spot and I must admit so am I ... we are well away from everyone so Kouta is free to roam, we have heaps of shade and we are in a field where the afternoon wind blows - over by the caravans it is sheltered by cabins and houses so there is no afternoon breeze so it is warmer amongst the trees but here it is lovely ...