Day 048, Saturday, 16 May 2009


Distance travelled – 59.9 km
Avg speed – 19.8 kph
Max speed – 42.5 kph

Bororen, Gladstone

After a good nights sleep Mark awoke feeling ready to get going. Again, as we did not have much for lunch, we stopped at the Bororen Store to see what we could get. Nothing much was available – nothing better than our backup lunch of vitaweets and tinned tuna anyway, so we bought a couple of chocolate bars and hoped there would be better lunch options down the road. Mark had a stroke of luck as inside his Snickers wrapper was a “Winner” which entitled us to a another Snickers bar – snacks for later on.

The day was warming up. The Bruce Highway was quite good. There were a few km without a shoulder but otherwise the shoulder was generous enough. The traffic was quieter than we had experienced to date along the Bruce Highway.

We had lunch at the Caltex Station in Benaraby. Hamburger and chocolate milk. We think we have now broken the monotony of sandwiches.

After lunch the route to Gladstone took us away from the Bruce Highway. When we left Bororen this morning the lady in the shop told us there were some hills to climb and so far we had not found anything we would call a hill. The hills emerged as we got closer to Gladstone but we were pleased that they were not as bad as we had been led to believe.

We had booked a cabin at the Big 4 Barney Beach Caravan Park as we wanted to make an early get away to Rockhampton the next day and did not want to wait for the tent to dry. On our way to Gladstone we both agreed we would like to take a ferry ride to Curtis Island that we had been told about in Miriam Vale and decided to see if we could stay two nights instead of the one.

Barney Beach Caravan Park has a long history as a caravan park. The reception office at Barney’s is located in the building originally occupied by the Nautilus Café which was part of the original park. The photos in the office and the front window are an interesting window back into our social history. The café was a centre of social activity and the concrete courtyard hosted roller-skating and roller skate hockey with a puck (for the men). The dress seemed to be from the 1950’s and the photos reminded Mark of the photos from home of his Mum and Dad at the ice rinks in England.

The cabin was available for 2 nights so we unloaded and I went to the nearby supermarket to buy some food while Mark got settled into updating our logbook.

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