Monday, August 7, 2017

Herberton to Mount Surprise. Monday August 7th

Weather cleated up overnight. Delightfully cool after Cooktown. Morning mist about.

 Paused briefly in Herberton for fuel before taking the scenic route via Tumoulin back to Kennedy Highway/Route 1.

Back in 2012 I spent 2 nights in the area exploring all the small villages and old mining/logging areas. I'd forgotten how high this part of the Atherton Tablelands was. 1160 metres was the highest point on the road. I'd also forgotten how extensive and fertile the whole area is. Truely a unique part of Australia. With the added bonus of have great motorcycling roads.

Immediately after Ravenshoe we lost a lot of hight as the tablelands merged into the Gulf Savannah landscape.  Good road with little traffic allowed us to make Mount Surprise by lunch time. Back in 2012 this is where Marco Ursala and I met up again after my Cooktown sojourn and their enforced Cairns stopover waiting for parts.

210km this am, and we decide enough for the day. The Bedrock Village in Mount Surprise turns out to be a surprise. Relatively quiet and well appointed with shady campsites and excellent facilities including a swimming pool and a bar. Also tonight is woodfired pizza night so that means dinner is taken care of.

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