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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.

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Oh that truck stop ast night was awful! A refrigeration truck arrived and kept the chillers going all night. That diesel compressor was sooooo noisy. Our fault for staying in a truck stop so we don't expect any sympathy. Two bleary eyed people emerged about 6.30am. With it being so early I decided to lock the ladies loo door to have a wash. No one tried to break down the door in desperation to get in so I got away with that little ploy. What I didn't get away with was losing one of my earrings down the washbasin plughole!!! It seemed to disappear almost in slow motion and I was unable to stop it from ending up in the U-bend. Muttering to myself Ian was the first to ask what was wrong. And once again this man of mine came to the rescue. With me guarding the door Ian went into the Ladies, managed to unscrew the pipe and retrieve my earring. What a hero. He said afterwards it was cheaper to do that than go buy me some new ones.

Over 300 km drive today to get to Rockhampton. We need to put in the km's because of getting to Bundaberg....not for the rum....but to visit Mon Repos and the Turtles sanctuary. That is another 280km further on.We have booked in for Thursday evening to watch the turtle hatchlings make a break for the sea. That 300km seemed endless. Nothing to see apart from brown grass and long roads. No rain has fallen for quite a while and the farmers are crying out for some. Far cry from North of Townsville. Here they seem to have too much in the way of rain. The only thing that kept our attention was the road signs. Love them especially if you are a parent.

We stopped about 20km short of Rockhampton to visit the Capricorn Caves. With a camper van site also by the caves we decided to stop there for the night and do the laundry. Then once washing finished and pegged out we took the 2pm tour.

Not your usual caves system below ground. Most of the passages were above ground but equally impressive. There was even a 'Cathedral' cave set out for weddings. Our guide played Hallelujah so we could here the acoustics, Amazing sound, no wonder it is a sought after venue. In some of these pictures I can make out some spooky figures. Not sure if I am the only one to see them.

Fig tree roots delve deep to get the nutrients.

The rare fern Tectaria devexa,

More Fig roots

Huge fungas growing near to the cave exit.

No not tipsy but the camera was set at a jaunty angle!.

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