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Tom and Louise on Tour in North America



Alice Springs

Posted by TBUTLER, 19 April 2014 - - - - - - · 22 views
Australia, Northern Territories and 2 more...
Alice Springs Stick a pin in the center of Australia and you would come close to hitting Alice Springs.  This is our next objective.  We left Tennant in good time in the morning headed south on the Stuart Highway.  We have the day to cover about 530 kilometers, somewhat less than our goal for the last two days.  Fuel stops are more common now as thi...


Burning Diesel

Posted by TBUTLER, 18 April 2014 - - - - - - · 32 views
Australia, Northern Territories and 4 more...
Burning Diesel In my notes, I titled this day as above.  Unlike the curving road we found coming into Mount Isa, the road was straight for long stretches with little change in elevation and only one town with fuel.  We started out on the Flinders Highway and then at Camooweal the name changed to the Barkly Highway.  The other fuel stop we made was at the...


On to Mount Isa

Posted by TBUTLER, 18 April 2014 - - - - - - · 49 views
Australia, Queensland, Mount Isa and 2 more...
On to Mount Isa After experiencing a rash of road repair work on our drive the day before we were pleasantly surprised to encounter no road work on our second day of driving.  In fact, with just a few exceptions, this was some of the best road we have traveled.  This highway is known as the Flinders Highway and is the only all-weather east-west road through nor...


Fleeing the Storm

Posted by TBUTLER, 17 April 2014 - - - - - - · 54 views
Australia, Queensland, Cairns and 3 more...
Fleeing the Storm Returning from Mossman Gorge the night before I had listened to the news reports on the approaching cyclone (hurricane) Ita.  The storm was gathering strength and was approaching the area north of Cairns.  I got on the computer and checked the official Australian weather reports which had the storm at category 3 and expected to reach category 4...


Mossman Gorge

Posted by TBUTLER, 16 April 2014 - - - - - - · 46 views
Australia, Cairns, Queensland and 3 more...
Mossman Gorge To the north of Cairns is one of the prime rain forest sites on the eastern coast of Australia.  There are many other sites but those are further north and there are no roads that can be traveled in all weather conditions with less than four wheel drive vehicles.  Mossman Gorge is in Daintree National Park just north of Port Douglas.  The g...


Cairns

Posted by TBUTLER, 16 April 2014 - - - - - - · 54 views
Australia, Queensland, Cairns and 1 more...
Cairns Our first day in Cairns is dedicated to catching up with laundry and getting to know the town.  While doing laundry we discussed our plans for our stay.  The Great Barrier Reef is one of our prime objectives.  One travel brochure we picked up in the park office has an item I was interested in learning more about.  It was a an offering...


Chasing Waterfalls

Posted by TBUTLER, 13 April 2014 - - - - - - · 113 views
Australia, Cairns, Queensland and 2 more...
Chasing Waterfalls Monday, April 7, 2014.  Looking over the information we picked up from the ladies in Ayr the day before, we decided to pursue a scenic drive into the Dividing Range to see some waterfalls.  I love a good waterfall and the ones in the brochure looked inviting including one which we were told we could swim under the cascading water.  We had a...


Day 3 on the Road to Cairns

Posted by TBUTLER, 12 April 2014 - - - - - - · 79 views
Australia, Campervan, Cairns
Day 3 on the Road to Cairns  Sunday, April 6, 2014.  Our travels north continue.  Leaving Mackay we drove on almost until noon.  Our lunch stop was a park in a small town, Ayr.  Louise fixed sandwiches while I went in search of a restroom.  The restrooms were behind the information booth so I stopped in there to see the two ladies who were sitting outsi...


We Journey North

Posted by TBUTLER, 11 April 2014 - - - - - - · 63 views
Australia, Campervan, Brisbane and 2 more...
We Journey North Friday, April 4, 2014.  We drove a short distance into Brisbane and made a quick stop at Britz to deal with several nagging problems with the campervan.  That done, we left the city about noon headed north toward Cairns, a city on the northeast coast of Australia.  At Cairns the famous Barrier Reef is closest to the coast and is thus most a...


A Walk in the Rainforest

Posted by TBUTLER, 11 April 2014 - - - - - - · 51 views
Australia, Campervan, Rainforest and 2 more...
A Walk in the Rainforest Mt. Tambourine National Park is a collection of smaller national parks on the slopes of Mt. Tambourine, an extinct weathered volcano.  There is a town at the summit which features a variety of shops for those who enjoy quaint towns and browsing curio and antique shops.  We went to take a walk in the rainforest.  This was not to be an ordina...






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