19/7 Stopped at large Top Tourist park at Longreach with 3 friendly resident brolgas.
Needed front end alignment – not the pot hole we thought but the extra weight of the camper made us toe out instead of toe in. We were more impressed at the Matilda centre at Winton than the hall of fame.
After Mt Isa there is the Barkly Tablelands which are fairly flat with a lot of dry feed. They are just entering their fire season & are concerned about the fuel load. There was increasingly more controlled burning as we entered the Northern Territory. We stopped at roadside stops with a lot of other grey nomads until a welcome stop at Mataranka & a dip in the thermal springs.
Along the way we met another tale of woe at a lunch stop. Wife with little dog reading in the shade of Winnebago. Husband on his own at the picnic table on for a talk. This was difficult as he could only whisper. His vocal cords were damaged during surgery 5 years ago. 2 years ago he was kept in hospital for 3 months with a staph infection after surgery – both at K private. “We have been on the road 8 & a half months. It has taken that long because the wife does all the driving & she doesn’t like it much. I wish we could go home” he whispered, “but we can’t until October because she has rented the house out. Even then we have to sleep in the van because she sold all the furniture!”