Day 52 – Thursday, 13 June 2024 – Cloncurry to Mt Isa

Let me just say that there are a lot of planes that fly in and out of Cloncurry.

We set the alarm for 8:30am and awoke to another sunny day with the temperature heading towards 30 degrees. We left the caravan park at 9:58am. The Exit gate is supposed to be opened at 8:00am each morning but it wasn’t, and we had to backtrack very carefully along the pathways to go out the Entrance gate.

We drove through beautiful, rugged hills and not many plains, and the countryside reminds me of the McDonnell Ranges outside Alice Springs.

I don’t know if I have written this before, but I have just realised that the large towns and cities we have been travelling through do not have many (or any) buildings higher than three stories. I suppose it has something to do with cyclones and floods.

I read Foreigner for most of the way as it was a short drive today. We arrived in Mt Isa shortly after 11:00am and wondered what the check-in time for caravans was, as they all seem to use different systems. However, we were okay and as I has already paid online our check-in was fairly quick.

It didn’t take us long to set everything up and we had a cuppa before putting out the awning. We are at the back of the park so did not have any traffic noise, but once again, lots of aircraft. We also did not have any shade on this site and the air conditioner worked for a couple of hours during the afternoon.

The nights get nippy rather rapidly once the sun goes down, and there are two doonas on the bed still, plus electric blankets.

Later in the evening I got a text from Jeannie saying that I should open the link that Stefanie had sent me – so that’s what I did. Apparently, there is an internet site where you can request a player from any AFL team to send a special greeting to someone, but you do pay for the service which is fair enough. Not all AFL players are available and not all the time, so you have to keep an eye on your time frame.

Anyway, the link opened to a video of Mason Cox sending Jeannie a 70th birthday greeting and thanking her for being such an avid supporter of both him, and the Collingwood team.  Stefani had organised it for Jeannie and was a bit worried that it might not arrive in time for her birthday tomorrow as you need to allow two weeks from your request to delivery. Mason got it just -right and Jeannie was gob-smacked. A wonderful birthday present on a special birthday.