Thursday, July 19, 2012

Day 5 - Moree to Surat

Cotton Country

Thursday morning Moree. Misty start but soon clear blue skies. Cold but not freezing. No wind. Perfect riding weather.

Breakfast, pack then check tyres before we hit the road.

Moree and surrounding areas are dominated by large scale cotton farms. Harvested recently to judge by the hundreds of bales stacked in the fields and the cotton 'fluff' that can be seen along the roadside – dropped by the passing transport trucks.

Flat country, stock on the road not to much traffic, but lots of standing water indicates the amount of recent rain.

Morning tea at Mungindi on the Qld / NSW border.

On the banks of the Barwon river where Major Michell camped in 1846, on his way from Sydney to Darwin. 3 geese watched as we brewed our coffee.
Honking with delight and approaching closer when the Ginger Snaps were unwrapped.
Alas they were to be disappointed.”

On to St George on the Baronne River. An area that has been subjected to massive flooding over 3 successive seasons. Today the river is high – swollen with recent rains, but not flooding.

As we stop for lunch I notice that the cap from one of my storage tubes has gone missing. Clearly not tightened properly. Fortunately nothing lost, and a replacement obtained from a local hardware shop.

After lunch, a last dash up the Carnarvon Highway towards Roma, but we end up camping in Surat at the local fishing club's free campsite on the banks of the Baronne River.

Tomorrow on to Roma to see if we can camp at Carnarvon Gorge.

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