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Week 6 of our winter trip 2018

Boulia to

sunny 30 °C

Day 36 - Tuesday July 17
A very quiet day today. We visited the site office for the camel races and obtained our wrist bands for entry on our prepaid tickets.
After lunch went back into town for some more water and a bit of shopping.
Saw 2 young policemen helping a lady on her own with a caravan change her tyres. As soon as I got my camera out of the car they disappeared into a shed. Don't expect to see that sort of service very often. WELL DONE lads.
A couple of camels came down the street towing a cart with tourists aboard.
Took a photo at sunset tonight - It might have been a little late as it was better some 20 minutes ago.

Day 37 - Wednesday July 18
Went into town this morning and did a bit of laundry, did some shopping (not much) and checked out the rattle I can hear in the car but no-one else can. The Mechanic told me to turn down my hearing aids The car was running well and what did I expect from a 9 year old vehicle with 195,000 km on the clock, especially on these outback rough roads.
When we returned to the van and after having lunch, George took us on an exploratory tour of what he had found on the site while we were in town - Stage area etc.
Took a video of sunset tonight.

Day 38 - Thursday July 19
Very little to report today. We emptied the black waste at the local dump point. George did some washing at the local laundramat and then paid $45.00 for a swap gas bottle. We washed our vehicle in the towns truck wash facility. Tomorrow the action starts here at the racecourse.
A quite different sunset tonight.

Day 39 - Friday July 20
George and I went into town and got some water to fill the van tanks.
After lunch we all went back into town got more water and some food items.
After dinner tonight we went and watched the lawn mower races and the twilight camel race. It was too dark to photograph the camel race.

Day 40 - Saturday July 21
We are still at Boulia and there are 8 camel races today as well as other activities including some fireworks and performances tonight.
Took a photo of a kite looking for lunch.
Tried to take some video of the camel races with limited success - too many folk in the front row. (sorry I can't edit the end of the video out).

We've had a wonderful week here so far; As well as the camel races and children's activities live entertainment till midnight for the last 2 nights with Owen Blundell, The Roo Wranglers, Mick Lindsay, and Kim Boath performing a tribute to Pink and then there was the fireworks tonight which enthralled everyone especially the children.

Day 41 - Sunday July 22
Took a photo of George and Hiroe with a couple of camels this morning - don't know if they are thinking of going for a ride.
Boulia is a very small town, In fact the whole Shire which covers 61,102 square kilometres has a total population of only 491.
We went to the final of the Camel Cup and George put $20 on a camel to win. Unfortunately soon after the start, his camel turned around and ran the other way and is probably back in Afghanistan now.

Day 42 - Monday July 23
We left Boulia just after 8.00 and drove towards Winton which hopefully will be our stopping place for the night. It is single lane bitumen road again all the way (371 kms).
We stopped for a photo shoot with some nice red hills.
We stopped again near Cawnpore Lookout to take some more photos. We have been here before many years ago and hike to the top of the lookout.
Onwards again till we reached the Middleton Hotel which is in the middle of no-where. We had lunch here.
We finally arrived at Winton just on 3.00pm and after a bit of shopping and refuelling we set up camp at the free one just 4 kms out of town on the Jundah road.

Well, that's week 6 finished. Won't be long and we will be home all being well.

Posted by Bobnhiroe 22:40 Archived in Australia

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Love the sunsets. The fireworks look amazing! Continuing to enjoy our summer here
Love G&J

by jean'sgeorge

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