We hit the road around midday heading towards Bedourie which is another small outback town about 190 kms north. The road from Birdsville to Bedourie is a mix of bitumen stretches and good quality gravel/dust. It was such luxury after both the Oodnadatta Track (which seemed ages ago) and the sand of the desert. Tim was delighted to see three kangaroos sitting erectly in the scrub back from the road watching us as we moved along.
We passed a Council worker picking up rubbish along the highway – all three boys were surprised that someone was prepared to do that as a job. Seemed sad that the local council had to put their limited finances into financing collection of rubbish which travellers should not be throwing out on to the sides of the roads.
I-pads, I-phones and I-pods have definitely been a feature of our travels and can be either documented as a benefit or a pain! One person was threatened with removal of their item for a day if they couldn’t answer a simple quiz question. We have had round robins of quiz questions everyday covering the geography and general knowledge of the areas we have travelled through and then Australia in general – this trip is all about the experience and learning from it. The quizzes have been a fun time and it has been amazing some of the questions asked and the recall from signage etc – well done boys. So back to technology. Keeping all the gadgets charged has been challenging with me constantly have a line-up waiting on one of the two chargers in the car. Still they have kept the boys entertained during many hours of travel and so have been very beneficial as well. I think Peter woke most mornings to “Grandad, can I have the I-pad?”.
The housing in Boulia was newer Queensland style – reasonably basic homes built on stilts. We avoided taking any photos of the more run down homes as it would not have been culturally sensitive.
|Jake our then two hatted friend just a |
travelling along there
to see the dinosaurs
|As we left Birdsville|
|A shoe tree between Birdsville and Bedourie|
|Camel with the horses|