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Friday 7th July 2017

Mackay Queensland

sunny 26 °C

Hello Everyone,

Hope you are all well and keeping warm if you're south from where we are. We haven't been out of T Shirts since November last year. It's humid and warm here. Just like it was up in the Cape.

Last Friday at 8am we were down at the Wharf with Pepe preparing to be shipped out off the Cape where we have been for 3 weeks. We were looking forward to a relaxing cruise back to Cairns instead of the long drive back. As Pepe had been cleaned up he was the cleanest car in the car park. People were asking how our car was so clean. We boarded at 10am with 3 other passengers. Had the 'Man Overboard' talk and where to eat and our cabins. Ours was opposite the engine room and very noisy but we were given ear plugs. We had to wait for the tide to be high enough before we could leave and that wasn't going to be until 7.30pm, pity because Dan and I had planned to take pictures of us drinking bubbles while we waved at the Tip of Australia but it was about 10pm when we went past. So we spent the whole day watching the ship being loaded, met the other passengers that had gone on a trip to the tip and ate! It was lovely though and it was good not to have to do anything.

On Sunday morning about 5.30am the engines stopped and the boat started to rock, both Dan and I woke up. I was a bit concerned about Dan and his seasickness but he was fine the whole trip. The engine started again so we weren't lost at see. Enjoyed the trip, food was fabulous. Had tour of the bridge with Captain Dave who was very relaxed in this shorts and thongs! Nothing like a Cruise Liner Captain.

Whales swam past us on their way north, an unexpected surprise as Captain Dave had told us only a few hours early that it was unlikely to see them this far north early in the season. No camera ready unfortunately but the vision is in my head.

We got back to Cairns on Sunday morning and Pepe was the first to be lifted of the ship so we were at Dan Murphy's to fill up supplies by 1pm! we visited Dan's Godmother at her daughters Carmen's home and had a cuppa before we headed off and spent the night in Ingham. Drove back to Mackay and picked up Lucy on Monday. She is looking good and higher now so she sits better on the back of Pepe. Booked into a caravan park by the river, very good and cheap, $20 per night with free Wifi. Decided to stay until Sunday so we can clean everything as it's covered in Dust and stay off the road until after the school holidays as everything costs more and roads are busy.

Sunday we are heading for Charter Towers and then on to Mt Isa. Along the way we hope to see dinosaur bones at Richmond so much to look forward too.

Take care, until next week.

H & D. xxx

Posted by Scotta's safari 22:40 Archived in Australia

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