SATURDAY 8 APRIL WINTON TO MT ISA 470kms
The radio news at 8.30am said that the highway was open, so we decided to go for Mt Isa.
Around McKinley, we could see where water had been over the road. There were some sections where the road surface was damaged, too.
We were in light rain for most of the day.
Refuelled in Cloncurry, on the way through, after 365kms. $1.29cpl. It seemed anomalous that, the further we were away from the populated areas, the cheaper the fuel was. Usually, it is the other way round.
At Isa, booked into the Argylla Caravan Park. $22.50 after discount. Told them we were not sure how long we would need to be here. We had stayed there last year, too.
The park was on the eastern edge of town, so it was a bit rural in feel and outlook, and was away from some of the noise that could occur right in town. The permanent dwellers here were tucked away in their own separate area.
Phoned Adels. The roads to there were still closed. They had two guests who were stuck there until the roads opened.
At this rate, we might not be getting there to start work before Easter. But neither would any guests, so it would not matter. But, having exerted ourselves to get here quickly, it would be boring to have to wait around for too long in Mt Isa, not to mention costing us money, instead of earning any.
Such are the vagaries of travel while the Wet Season is still on. We remarked that it had been fortunate that such a rain event had not happened this time last year. It could be ages before the roads to Pungalina are open, this year.
We enjoyed a bought fish and chip tea.