This morning we left the luxuries of the hotel and continued
north on the coast of Queensland State. Driving challenges
include winding, slippery ascents and descents, water passes
and a lot of mud. The width of the first river we crossed
was more than 30 meters and the convoy crosses it easily.
Itzik Mini offered a short training session with the emphasis
as always on safety: "If you are unsure - check
again, if you didn¹t make it through - try again carefully.
There is no room for carelessness."
It's not an easy drive, it requires concentration. No one
is certain if we will finish the route today or set up camp
and sleep part way along, but Arik Braz calms us down. "We
have enough food for two days," he reassures us.
our way we meet C.J., an Aborigine who lives in the area
leading a traditional Aboriginal life. We spend time together,
take part in a traditional dance and receive his blessings
for our onward journey. As it turns out we needed them.
The next river, Bloomfield River, is much wider and treacherous
than the last one. Thankfully, all vehicles are equipped
with TJM snorkels that prevent water from entering the engines
and allow us to cross the river. In addition we sealed the
doors shut with tape. The danger in front of us is real
as the current threatens to overwhelm vehicle that stops
in the river.
more hours of driving and we were at our campsite. In the
morning, after a hot shower in front of the sunrise I felt
ready for anything. After driving on a very dusty route
for two hours the colors of the tiger print convoy can¹t
be seen as they are covered with dust. Suddenly, in front
of us, appeared a beautiful valley with a lake in the middle.
of the blue sky and the huge eucalyptus trees on the water
There will be no showers tonight, so a dip in the lake seems
like a good idea. But this idea is quickly vetoed when we
realize the lake is full of crocodiles - so we continue
on to pan for gold at a deserted town called Maytown.
In the 1800s this area was full of people panning for gold
hoping to get rich. Today the area is totally abandoned.
Maytown, once a major mining area during the gold rush,
is now a ghost town. When the gold ran out, so did the
All that's left is a few buildings and a road sign marking
the city limits. Evidence that proves that there were once
people living here include old mining equipment, it lays
abandoned on the side of the roads like huge memorials for
the long dead residence.
A couple more hours of driving and we will be closer to
our final destination and just three days from completing
: Gerry Avramovich