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Cape Trib to Cooktown

October 18, 2010

A 4WD track from our camp to Bloomfield falls gave Andrew a chance to test out his new toy’s 4WD capabilities. And it needed 4WD capabilities with sections that were 1:3 grade (33%) and hairpin bends. Not to mention quite a few little stream/river crossings. Sam and Andrew are not impressed if I refer to it as a toy. It is a serious car. A Defender. And it attracts serious attention from similar minded people. In our old Land Rover Discovery I was amused to see how LR drivers gave each other a small, subtle little wave as they passed. But the Defender is a whole new category. You might even get a jaunty little toot of the horn, particularly if both cars have similar ‘holiday’ set ups. Our car with boat on top plus camper trailer set up really screams out “holiday”. We have attracted a fair amount of interest and conversations along the way. In Brisbane a guy pulled up alongside and stopped to have a 15 minute chat about a similar trip he had done earlier in the year. He gave us a few tips of where to stay and then asked if he could come with us! Ofcourse Andrew is always chuffed when this happens and has a great time talking to the other man (it always is!) about his Defender, how long he has had it, what additions he has put on it etc. The vanilla grower I mentioned in an earlier post had a Defender too – all set up with solar panels and stuff. He travelled all around Australia in that car and was proud of it. It was hard to get him to stop talking Defenders and start talking Vanilla. But once I got him started….

Doesn’t this look like a lovely spot for a swim? A croc evidently thought so too!

We made it to Cooktown – the end point of our journey. As far north as we can go without getting into Cape York itself (which I would love to do, but we don’t have enough time). Kids are in the James Cook Museum (getting a bit of education to compensate for all that school they are missing), and I am making use of the internet signal this town has.

9 Comments leave one →
  1. Regula permalink
    October 18, 2010 4:35 PM

    Hi guys!
    What a great adventure! Imagine my surprise trying to catch up with you. After I didn’t get a reply I thought I better check the blog – and wow, there you are in Cooktown, not Paris, as I wrongly presumed. Enjoy your Defender experience! Looking forward to catching up when you’re back. Regula

    • spiceandmore permalink*
      October 21, 2010 9:43 AM

      Ah yes. My sister called with the same complaint that we had not told her about this trip. I had to say “remember I said we may be going to Paris in a few weeks? Well this is the same trip, just a change of destination!”
      Look forward to catching up when we are back. We went to a cheese place yesterday and they make Raclette. Thought of you guys. The woman asked me if I had heard of it and I was glad Antony was not there to tell her of my first experience eating it at your place!

  2. Sarah - For the Love of Food permalink
    October 18, 2010 10:08 PM

    What a trip! Sounds like a hairy ride 🙂 Beautiful photos.

    • spiceandmore permalink*
      October 21, 2010 9:16 AM

      It wasn’t too bad. I am sure it would be quite a challenge in the wet season when the rivers and creeks are much higher and the ground is muddy.

  3. October 21, 2010 9:36 AM

    I’m glad your boys are loving their new car! What’s the weather been like? It looks a little overcast, but I’m wondering if it’s been humid? Good time to go – it would have been a scorcher in December!

    • spiceandmore permalink*
      October 21, 2010 9:48 AM

      It’s been a tad too wet the whole trip although we have had some perfect days. It was humid in Port Douglas but up at the Cape it was lovely and crisp/cool. We are camped by a lake now and it has been almost cold. We had to bring out the trackky pants!
      And yes, the boys are rather happy with their new toy!

  4. November 10, 2011 2:40 AM

    That was a really amazing piece of writing!!!

    • spiceandmore permalink*
      November 10, 2011 7:20 AM

      Really? thanks!

  5. November 21, 2011 5:20 AM

    Curiously, a well executed piece of writing!!!

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