After 3 days in Birdsville it was actually a bit hard to leave. We had met Jenna and her parents Nell & David Brook who made us very welcome as did the Birdsville Pub & the classic Bakery. Thank you Birdsville. Phil with our Troopy and a Road Train at Cuttuburra Crossing where we stayed the night. Plenty of cattle roaming free & lots of bird life including pelicans. Pete & Libby Urbahn from Buderim donating to Fred Hollows Foundation & offered us a shower in their caravan, fa
Phil on the road Big truck passes Phil on the Eyre Development Road on our way to Bedourie. (Happy 14th Birthday Lilla) Met Michael from Sydney traveling on his own to Big Red, the sand dune on the edge of the Simpson Desert near Birdsville, on a pilgrimage for his late daughter. All the best to you Michael. 10 km walked - means a stop for breakfast! Mary & Nick from Canberra stopped to see if we were okay and very kindly gave us some fruit cake made by Nick’s mother aged 87
The iconic Birdsville Pub & below Brad from Canberra who heard about Phil’s Trek on Wil Anderson’s podcast recognised Phil in the Birdsville Pub last night as we were having a meal, from our shirts we were wearing with our logo. Good to meet you Brad. A milestone for us Phil has walked 2,000km & has 1,200km to go. It was quite a long dusty road to Birdsville, but we have arrived and we are pleased to be here. Thank you to Gabi Hollows for our little parcel waiting for us he
On top of Big Red sand dune, looking down on the music festival. We drove to the music festival just outside Birdsville on the edge of the Simpson Desert called the Big Red Bash, we stayed for a day & a night. Great event with 9000 people. Thank you to Greg & son Steve Donovan who made us very welcome & thank you to all who donated to the Fred Hollows Foundation after Phil spoke on the microphone on the Plaza stage. Congratulations to all who took part in the new Guinness Bo
DIG- we Dug sparkling mineral water & ginger, our favourites. Thank you Di & Jack for the fabulous surprise. Congratulations Phil and Susan! Congratulations on making it to the historically significant Dig Tree beside Cooper Creek , and on the anniversary of Burke and Wills death in 1861. A real milestone in terms of distance travelled - almost exactly half way from Melbourne to Karumba. Phil and Susan at the Dig Tree on the banks of Bullah Bullah Waterhole.
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After entering into Queensland, and as the Silver City Hwy reduces into the Warri Warri Gate Road, Phil and Susan were greeted by rain and some difficult conditions. Fortunately, the gate was closed to traffic shortly after they went through, and Phil and Susan managed to soldier on (umbrella in hand) and keep to schedule.