Sunday, July 23, 2017

Biloela to Middlemount via Dululu. Sun 23rd July

Usual morning routine. No frost but plenty of dew. Steady procession of RV's and caravans pulled out as we packed up.

Stopped in town for fuel and supplies then on to Dululu pub. This was an overnight stop on our 2012 round oz tour. Alas, has had a fire in the interim and is now a sad derelict.  Coffee then on to Dingo.

Dingo is on the main rail line taking coal out of the Bowen Basin and has a steady flow of trains hauling it to the coast.

Marco insisted on stopping for a selfie with the dingo.

The Fitzroy Developmental Road runs north south through the Bowen Basin. Not a lot to see, big skies, distant hills, scrubby vegetation, cattle and coal mines. The very essense of Queensland. Good road, little traffic so easy straightforward riding. 325km covered. Another good day in the saddle. A pleasant 23/24 degrees with little wind.

Middlemount is a coal mining town. Tidy and laid out like a Canberra suburb complete with parks and not a straight road in sight, civic centre complete with schools, shops etc. The pub appears to be the natural epicentre and when asked if there was a campsite, the manager replied sure, anywhere on the lawns around the hotel.

So here we are, camped outside the pub. Sunday night is pizza night so dinner was pizza washed down with cold beer. We are now sitting outside our tents,  dessert of canned peaches and liquorice tea topped off with a tot of  Laphroaig.

Tomorrow down to Seaforth on the coast between Mackay and Airlie Beach. We camped there in 2012 at a great community run campground and hope it hasn't been to badly damaged by the cyclone.

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