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Charleville to Blackall

Day 28 - Friday 7 June 2013

We were up early this morning as we had a full pack up to do before our trip from Charleville to Blackall - about 300 kms. The forecast for Charleville was 12 to 25 degrees, and would you believe it - little cloud and lots of sun. We were on our way at 9:15 am after being told by a fellow traveller to take our seasick pills as the road around Tambo is so rough and bouncy.

Once again we found little traffic on the road and assisted one road train to pass just north of Charleville. Our route took us past Augathella which we did not see as it is a couple of kms off the highway, and through Tambo where we stopped for a few supplies at the local Foodworks and lunch beside a park in the middle of town.

There were a lot of road-works between Charleville and Blackall, one where we were held up for 10-15 minutes waiting for traffic coming the other way past the road works, and another section about 15 kms long with a 80 kph speed limit around road works. The highway is so rough and bouncy and it is clear that there is much more to be done.

When we arrived in Blackall we filled up with fuel - a good day today doing 300 kms at 17.3 litres/100kms - due mainly to lower speeds, flat roads and no wind at all. We checked into the Blackall Caravan Park at about 1:30 pm and were allocated a drive through site so that we could stay hitched-up for the night. After connecting the power and water we walked into the town for a look around. Blackall has a number of sculptures on the main street including one of Jack Howe, a gun shearer who shore 321 sheep with blade shears in 1892 on Alice Downs Station in 7 hours and 40 minutes. This record has never been broken with blade shears.

Blackall Main Street

Blackall Main Street

Jack Howe - gun shearer

Jack Howe - gun shearer

Posted by TwoAces 03:07

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