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In 1977 we hired our first narrowboat from Anglo Welsh at Market Harborough.From that moment our destiny was set. In 2006 we finally purchased our own brand new 57' narrowboat which we named 'Free Spirit'. Our aim is to travel the length and breadth of all the navigable rivers and canals of the UK. This will be our story as it unfolds.

Saturday, 4 March 2017

Divine intervention perhaps?

Townsville, our first stop this morning. Didn't see much to inspire staying and exploring the town but we did stop at the information centre just in case. Yes there were numerous art galleries if that was what one liked, yes there was an indoor reef aquarium on the scale of Seaworld but none of those appealed. The Great Barrier reef needs to be viewed either snorkelling or diving and that is exactly what we had planned for Sunday, a boat trip from Airlie Beach. One suggestion made was to drive to Castle Hill lookout. "You will be amazed at the size of Townsville," said the lady on the desk. We took her advice and sure enough, she was not wrong.


 We had a long drive ahead to get to Proserpine so after 30 minutes we headed South. We took the Bruce Highway, a boring drive with long straight bits and very little to see other than miles upon miles of Sugar Cane. Cruise control on the camper was a blessing although Ian was the one doing most of the driving. I still wasn't right, that dry cough and lack of appetite was starting to make me a bit light headed. Not really a good idea then, to take the wheel. We made it in a tad over 3.5 hours. Stopped at a paid site so I could do some badly needed washing. This site also had a pool and we soon made use of that. Tomorrow and a very early start out to the reef. The boat leaves at 8 am, we are to be there by 7.30 am  Bit worried about this cough of mine. Probably not a good combination, coughing and wheezing whilst swimming with one's face underwater. Hopefully, a dramatic improvement will occur.


nb Chuffed said...

Your first photo looks like the sign of The Saint, aka Simon Templar, played by a pre-Bond Roger Moore in the popular TV series of the 60s. Ooh we loved him!
What he's doing up a cliff in Queensland is anybody's guess!

Best wishes for a quick recovery from that cough!

Ian and Irene Jameison said...

Yes, I do remember that program. Now that you mentioned it, it does look very much like The Saint. I can only assume it was painted on by an abseiler. Still no improvement on the cough though but my appetite has returned and I have found dozing myself with Panadol helps for a while. Xxx

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