Day 14 – Cloncurry to Winton







We departed at a leisurely hour to meet Reg who was camped out of town. Eventually the team assembled themselves and we departed at 9.30am, definitely in tourist mode. Strong headwinds and steady rain for the first half of the day, down to 65kms.  Cars all performing well under the conditions; no breakdowns or minor adjustments required all day. Saw bustard turkeys, brolgas, kangaroos, budgies, cattle [now drought master ], apostle birds,  and miles of undulating open black soil plains with thunderstorms scattered in all directions.  Very few homesteads in sight, all the population wear ten-gallon hats –  very Queensland. Stopped at Crocodile Dundee’s famous pub and at Kynuna, famous for its rodeos; lunched here.

We had the mandatory 1 hour stop and onto Winton for the night.  Rain threatening so some camped some in chalets. Winton hotel for dinner. Winton is the home of the droughtmaster  cattle in Australia; a big town and nearly the centre point of Qld. Hope to see its museum and truck museum in the morning. Only covered 350kms today;  it was enough with the head winds. All well.

Below left to right:  Allan, Colin, Anthony, Frank, Bob banker, Peter,  Reg and Bob the whittler [stick still in carby]. Coral absent making scones and Brett photographer.Peter Eadley’s  1928  Phaeton is called “Granny” and Ihave not noticed any other names of our Model As that could be perceived to be repeatable on this blog.

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