Week 15 Road Trains, Mt Isa Rodeo, Duchess and Cloncurry

August 17, 2018

Phil dodging a Road Train and walking into the sunrise.


Day 99 at Mt Isa Rodeo, our friend Jungle, far right, flew in an aeroplane from Canberra to Alice Springs then hopped on a helicopter piloted by Ben left of photo, flew to Mt Isa to spend the day with us!  

Just wonderful to see you Jungle, pity your daughters Georgie & Bobbi couldn’t make it with Uni & school commitments.

Look forward to catching up with you all & Debbie in Canberra on our homeward trip. 

The moving spectacle of the rider holding the Aussie flag up high riding around the arena whilst the Australian National Anthem was played.

Karen from Brahman Coffee not only serves us with 2 hot chocolates but also a generous donation for the Fred Hollows Foundation.


Thank you to Karen & husband.

Craig & Tracy from Brown Brothers Winery kindly invited us into their box at the Rodeo on Sunday for great view of proceedings.

King Brown, Ron Wilson served us stew & damper and was present at Fred Hollows Burial in Bourke.

Adam Stephen from ABC QLD met us with Fiona (sorry not in photo) at the rodeo for an interview. Good to meet you both and as you & Robert 0’Hara Bourke said “God’s Speed”!  

Very much enjoying your 3-6pm show on the ABC.

Back to Duchess Pub where we had an excellent home cooked meal, lamb chops, veggies & rice by Bill, date & pear pudding with custard by Rhoda, real QLD Outback hospitality.


Thank you for your donation.


We missed Dick Smith by a week but did meet, Mavis, Mel, Jeff, Ruth & Vaughan. 

The Duchess Pub where we stayed two nights.

Phil & Phil &Susan below at The dry river bed of Burke River.


Rest day at Cloncurry saw the ruins of the old Mary Kathleen Uranium Mine  beautiful Fountain Falls in the stunning Selwyn Ranges.

On the way back a herd of about 20 camels crossed right in front of us. Phil is there to catch the action. Susan is there to catch Phil catching the action !!

Cloncurry Wagon Wheel Hotel met Jim from Emerald who has been coming to the pub for about 20 years when passing through on business.

Hope to catch you on our return trip Jim. Jim’s wife Joanne Martin  works with the Fred Hollows Foundation. 

Cloncurry Rest Day - Gail who runs the information centre and museum organised a morning tea for us at the centre. Young Luke (who was riding a bucking bronco at the Mt Isa) works for the shire and came to welcome us.



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