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Birdsville Race Time 2011

Well a bigger crowd than ever is expected and by the crowds of people, caravans, buses,tents, camper trailers etc. I believe they could be right.
Just our crew alone is bigger than usual and I reckon that there's 22 or so in our camp alone.
We are all in one section at the Racecourse proper. The fire is kept going night and day and the billy is always at the boil. Food is in a plentiful supply.Tiffany and Racquelle have also arrived from Sydney too. Johnny and Alysone are sleeping in our annex and Jo and June have a tent pitched nearby.
As soon as we arrived in Birdsville John dropped Enid and I up town as we wanted to see Lyn at the Visitor's Centre about organising a flight to Lake Eyre. She had a day offso we walked around to her house and then spent some time chatting to her and Don, her husband who is the National Park Ranger.Don drove us out to the racecourse and then we spent the rest of daylight setting up camp near George Tipping's camp.

Thursday, did the town overand then by midday Tiffany and Racquelle had arrived from Holsworthy Army Base in Sydney, via Warrieilda N.S.W. In the evening George took enid and I and John into town to Brophy's Boxing Tent he trains a horse for Fred so we got in for nothing - quite an icon in QlD entertainment.

Our flight for L. Eyre was Friday. John went with a group on Thursday. Enid and I had a couple of bets on the first 2 races and then we drove into the airport ready for our 3pm flight. It was quite a comprehensive trip taking us west over the top of "Big Red" and then over paet of the Simpson Desert. Then we turned south and on to the Lake. The way home was following the Warburton and over Goyder's Lagoon crossing by 4/5 cattle stations.

The big day for the Birdsville races 2011 drew a big crowd with "Fashions of the Field" The atmosphere is something to be felt and experienced.It was a bit windy and dusty today, Saturday.

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Mitchell to the Cooper

Mitchell was great and the Major Mitchell Cara Park was in a great spot and we did 3 walks across the river and up town. Jo and June did a lot more walking than we did and also had a swim and a spa.

Before we left we did the town up, had a wet lunch at the Heritage Courthouse Hotel visited the coffee shop and bought some pies at the famous bakery. In the evening Jo and June joined us at the B.B.Q.plates and we got into the pork chops we had picked up in Miles.

Stopped in Charleville at the Graham Andrews Parklands where Jo and June joined us for a picnic lunch. In 2010 Byron and joanne had introduced us to this great stopping place. Had a pleasant trip on to Quilpie and booked into the "Channel Country" Cara Park. Jo and June joined us for pre-dinner drinks before we each went our way to have our dinner.They had booked into a cabin.

On the track John stopped to stretch and he had some greatt music on and Enid for her stretch did a tango by the roadside.

The scenery on this road is scant - lots of nothing and very little distraction to keep you awake. We used to comment on all the road signs to keep John alert. Loads of flood plains and flat never-ending plains - sparse vegetation.

Had a few lovely relaxing days on Coopers Creek before proceeding on to Birdsville. The river was already becoming quite low. Some people caught yabbies but it was not worth fishing as the water was growing weeds already and we figured the fish would taste muddy.

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Brisbane to Mitchell

Enid arrived on Tuesday and contacted Natasha, her grandaughter to catch up. She had intended to come over to Ashgrove, but when she hopped in her car to do so she discovered she only had one headlight so we re-organised to meet her at Prima Vera at Corinda near where she lives for brekkie.

From here we travelled to the Gold Coast as we had arranged to meet Rick and Jenny Veivers. We had cruised with them on the "Oriana' to U.K. last year. they very thoughtfully invited Lex and Sharyn over for lunch and it was a great day and a good "catch up." rick's mum was there and also another friend -Keith. A great time was had by all.

Early next morning we set out for the west. Left early as we wanted to beat the rat race - the work traffic so we were on the main drag by 5.15am. Ran a bit late as we talked too much and missed the Toowoomba turn off so finished up going into Ipswich and out again. Had a roadhouse brekkie in Toowoomba before continuing to Dalby. Lunch time found us having a cuppa' while we waited for Jo and June to arrive. Then we enjoyed lunch together before we moved off to Miles.

Fiddled around in Miles. I had lost the sugar so restocked and apparently the pork sausages from the butchery there are to die for so picked some up. Also heard that there's rats at Birdsville so bought some rat-sack and also some insect spray.

Of course, this wandering around made us late into Mitchell. had to travel slowly as the road is atrocious.
did Mitchell up. Wewnt investigating, walking and had a drink at the Courthouse Pub. We have arranged to meet jo and june for a BBQ at the camp kitchen this evening. Last night there was a "cook-out" - a 3 course meal foe $12.50 and proceeds to charity.

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Ready Steady - Go

overcast 15 °C

It's 14th June.
John has been determined to take another trip to the Birdsville Races. Now that the 4WD Toyota is fixed he is busy preparing.

He has decided that he wants to upgrade the suspension on the van so he has bought these "you beaut" springy things - like the buses have only these are for caravans and the like. So every other day he is out under the caravan putting them in. He is nearly finished one side and will soon begin the other side. Also our hot water system needed a new element so that also is pulled to bits now awaiting reconnection. When this is all taken care of I am going to look at new curtains. 2015.jpg

Enid Downing may fly down from Cairns and will travel up with us. Joe, John's brother from Maleny, and his friend June, may meet us in Charleville and also travel the last stretch with us. Alysone and my son Johnny B are planning to arrive in Birdsville sometime on Thursday after driving down from the Isa.

We plan to leave Brissie on or about the 25th August and after lunching at Chinchilla we will book into a park at Mitchell for a couple of nights. Then after stopping for lunch in the park at Charleville we will stop the night ar Quilpie Caravan Park. After stopping on the banks of the Cooper for 3 nights or so will continue through Windorah to Birdsville. John and I went to the Caravan and Camping Show at the Exhibition grounds on Friday the 10th June and we bought a Honda generator so we will be living in style on the Cooper.

At Birdsville we will park the van at the Race Track where we will share the site with George Tipping and his crew and his horses that he will have entered into some of the races during the 2 days of racing on the Friday,2nd. September and the Saturday,3rd September.

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