30.03.2011 - 30.03.2011 25 °C
As per the plan, we started early and we were out of the park by 7.55am. We skipped breakfast to have leftover pizza a little later but we didn't skip the requisite 2 coffees!
Leaving Sarina to Mackay it was dodge the pothole! In Mackay itself the roads were better.
It started raining about 8.30am but then petered off to a drizzle. Got to Mackay about 8.35am it was peak hour back on the Bruce Highway heading out. A little slow going.
Again today the clouds haven't lifted off surrounding hills, shrouding the tops in a thick soft disguise.
Mostly cane fields but we did see a pineapple field as well (just out of Sarina).
Trapped in a car, in the rain so the windows are up. What is the worst smell? I think the smell of two wet warm dogs can only be surpassed by at least one of those dogs farting!
Heard on the radio that Prosperpine has received three years worth of rain in the last week! Hmmmm .... closed roads ahead?
We stopped for about an hour a Bloomsbury with about nearly 20 semis, trucks and vans. Then decided to give it a go. Beats sitting around even if we drive up and have to drive back.
Slowly and carefully we drove. There are guys out in the pouring rain fixing the roads - what champions. Just before the flashing "flooding" at Lethebrook we saw a bunch of semis heading south and the chatter is the road is only covered by 200-300mm and you can still see the white lines on the road so we've reached the traffic waiting to cross and we'll just see. Looks like just one lane open and we'll just have to wait our turn.
We drove for a long 12mins at max 10km/hr and got through!
A Volvo stalled in the first bit of water and
Proserpine is 10km away. A biker attempted to go through but it looks like the washback pushed him off the high side onto he shoulder which under water has disappeared. We passed him and he was over waist deep and only the lights, panel, handle bars and top of the sissy bar visible. He was holding on pretty hard or he would lose the bike in all the truck wash and outgoing tide. We heard one of the truckies organizing to go get his other truck and trailer to get the guy & bike out. Aussies - just can't beat 'em.
2nd water crossing at the creek and now another one - lucky only a short one.
Turning off on to Shute Harbour Road another road closure but went through behind a semi and found it was a bit deeper but still ok. We may have some water in the van! Jim stopped to let people know the conditions ahead.
I agreed with Jim that although we are aware that people's lives are being affected by these conditions, thanks to the Jeep and flexible travel plans, we're still enjoying our holiday including flooded roads, rain, humidity, and nasty evil bug bites.
Airlie Beach is a pretty big town and we made it to Flame Tree Tourist Village at 1.45pm after Jim overshot the driveway and we had to go a bit up the road a bit so he could turn around.
Now that we're all set up, we ran into Airlie for dinner supplies and picked up a pair of shoes, a little more stable than thongs for all this water.
Another wonderful dinner by the resident chef and early to bed. It's been a big day.