Report 2 July
By Benno en Thecla
Before we leave, we visit Tom Prior in Chillagoe with his comprehensive Ford collection and related attributes. He even has original manual books from the T-Ford. Wonder everywhere that in such a small town Tom has managed to collect so much.
On to Mareeba almost asphalt but first a few times dust. Then we suddenly come across cane sugar, banana, mango and orange plantations which gives a completely different look on the landscape. Slowly it gets more cloudy.
We hear that people have fled from the coast because of the unusual, exuberant rainfall on the coast, but also that certain roads have been closed.
We head north towards Cooktown. The Dividing range seems to stop the rain for us. There is a lot of traffic on the road; what really does get used is after all rest on the dirtroads!
Mt.Carabine we end up at the campsite where they have pictures of common birds in the camping office. Benno can also shoot beautiful pictures of two owls that snap above us in the tree, and then go into the bush for some other animals.