Saturday 3 June 2017
Last night David sent a text message to Nick Tall to find out where they were - they had been on the Spirit 4 days after us and were also heading for Queensland. Nick rang a few minutes later to advise that they were also in the Kidmans Camp Caravan Park at Bourke. We spent an hour or so catching up on our travels to date and also future plans. At Cunnamulla we met up again as we had both chosen the same service station to refuel.
About 30 km south of Charleville we passed the Angellala Bridge Memorial. On 5 September 2014 a road-train carrying more than 50 tonnes of ammonium nitrate crashed and rolled near the bridge. The subsequent explosion destroyed the road bridge and the nearby heritage rail bridge. At the time of the explosion emergency crews were in attendance, but amazingly no-one died. The replacement bridge was opened in October 2015. The memorial was created using the remains of the rail bridge.
We arrived at the Bailey Bar Caravan Park in Charleville at 3:45 pm and checked in for one night. Having told them in advance that we were a fifth-wheeler we were given a large site that enabled us to stay hitched up for the night.
Angellala Creek Bridge after the explosion.
New Angallala Creek Bridge.
Angellala Creek Memorial using the remains of the rail bridge.