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Day 25 Fri 18 Mar 11 Gold Coast to Hervey Bay

My Mom's birthday

overcast 28 °C

It's my Mom's birthday today, the first one since she passed. Thinking of all the great memories to honour her. Miss you Mom. Love you Tony (bro).
5.30am wake up. Dont want to do the final pull down in the heat. Boys and I off for last walk. 6.30am back for breakfast.  Our walks are the same distance but we're getting faster. Since we had left over pizza for breakfast and two coffees, everything was pretty packed away.  Only the coffee machine to empty and clean, then all the surfaces and windows. Jim organized all of the equipment to be stored in the van and packed the rest. We have a pretty good relay system and then we put away the awnings, roll up the beds, crank down the pop top, lock everything and hook up the Jeep. The boys got there Advocate (worming/fleas etc) dabbed into their coats before we drove off at 8.45am. Off to another Top Tourist Parkin Hervey Bay. Freeway here we come! 
Now we've passed Deagan Deviation and Deception Bay - really can't trust any bugger can you?
Missed the Big Pineapple, it's not on the M1. To top it off I missed the Big Cow!  Saw lots of pine plantations though. I wonder if they are for furniture or matchsticks or both?
Passed Glass House Mountains and White Horse Mountains. 
Passing through Eumundi we saw people hand picking crops. Off to the left passed a storage place that catered for caravans, not the first I've seem. I'm convinced there are a lot of people who have them than I've seen in NSW.
We've seen 4 motorcycles pulling trailers - cool!  Also there must be a horse show on this weekend coz we've passed at least half a dozen horse floats heading south.
The police are out today. Truckies were talking on the CB channel about a regular Toyota ute just passed the double BP rest stop where we pulled over to refuel and coffee break. There was a cop in uniform with a speed camera and now we've just passed another but in the middle island at a well sign posted high risk crash zone. Cool that there out here with us.  I does like a man in uniform!
A couple of things we have noticed, NSW roads are good but QLD are better, NSW has regular rest stop areas whereas none in along the M1 into and out of Brisbane and on the Bruce Highway they are all big service station fuel stops with restaurants unlike the majority in NSW where you can just get off the road, use the loo, and stretch your legs.
12noon just outside of Gympie, stopped at a real truck stop, complete with caravan park, truckies room with tea and coffee facilities - help yourself, and a diner. Through Gympie township there was Shady Rest Motel with no trees! And Pine Street with one pine tree! There were also little billabongs with islands in the centre on both sides of the road with large flocks of Ibis.
The lovely Bruce Highway stretches before us.  What was that I said about great QLD roads! Some seriously patchy bits jostled us around.
Just passed a highway patrol who'd stopped a bright lime green sports car and it was hard to see the Officer leaning into the vehicle coz his hi viz vest blended with the car! If your going to speed I'm thinking a less stand out colour might be a better choice!  Saying that speeding is always stupid.
It's been overcast all day but only brief sprinkles infrequently. With the sides and back off we don't notice the humidity but stop and within minutes your sweating.
Closer to Maryborough we started to see sugar cane fields and other agricultural crops. Some paw paw plantations on steep hillsides which different from the beef properties we've seen. See a few Brahman properties along the way. A lot of other breeds too but the dairy breeds and brahmans are easy to pick in a passing vehicle.
Decided there has to be a motorcycle jamberoo somewhere south as we've now passed  dozens of bikes with bedrolls and extra gear as well as a dozen or so bike/trike + trailer combos.
Passing through the little town of Tiaro, the scent of the smoking meats wafting across the road made us want to stop but we soldiered on. 
Now we turn off the Bruce Highway A1 to go to Hervey Bay. Into Marborough, I didn't have my camera out and missed the Ned Kelly! It's quite a big town with lots of accommodation options. It used to be a mining town. I'm expanding my appreciation of "The Queenslander" style of home. The older ones - weatherboard, wraparound verandahs, latticework, leadlight window features. Just stunning.
We're close now, probably only 30mins away. Looks like we'll be setting up in the rain but I think it's better than packing up in the rain. We'll see.
We stopped off alongside the road on a cane field road to let the boys out for a run.  They frolicked in the longish grass and jumped in the puddles!  Unfortunately Tank's enthusiasm doesn't exactly mesh withh his coordination (anyone who knows me, knows I suffer from the same condition), and he lept into the back of the Jeep when the tailgate wasn't completely open.  Smacked his head pretty hard and now he has an owie on his head! 
Arrived, unpacked and set up with no rain or sprinkles. We were in the pool at 4.15pm and off to shop for milk for coffee and a few supplies by 5 pm. No stuffing around here folks!
On the way to Woolworths we saw an awesome Land Rover dealer - ex Army, Defender and a concept cars - woo hoo!
We drove along the beachfront and it looked great.  We'll check it out tomorrow coz the guy at the pool said part of the beach is dog friendly - on and off leash.  From the van park its only a 10 min walk.  Tomorrow, tomorow, tomorrow - too pooped to walk tonight!
We saw there was a van park right on the beach and I'm glad we're not staying there.  It was twilight and a flock of rsinbow lorikeets were screaming there way to find their roosting spots for the night.  Even from the car it was loud.  At least here a couple of blocks back, there's only the flying foxes (fruit bats) squabbling in the trees a little further back in the park that I can hear.
Sitting under our annex, catching up on emails and blogs, Jimmi reading, the weather is humid and stll but comfortable.  The weather was supposed to be thunderstorms tonight so maybe later?
Tank doesn't seem to be suffering from his smack on the head from earlier and is in 7th heaven coz the van is next to the slab so he has heaps of area on the grass under the van to roll, lie and chew the grass.  We know that dogs and cats generally eat grass when their tummy's don't feel good but Tank just loves grass!  He eats at every opportunity and he's teaching Levi to eat it to.  Keeps him regular!

Posted by Jimandtina 05:00 Archived in Australia

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memories of your mum are such wonderful things . . .you were in our thoughts. The big trip up the coast begins and sounds like rain will be your compainion

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