Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Cam and Dan at sunset

The Rio Tinto rail transporting machinery across the Mission River

Cam and Steve with the catch

Dan with his catch

Weipa

Originally, we planned to visit Weipa on our return from the top. But, we also didn’t plan on our winch failing and thought it irresponsible to continue without having it working, particularly after seeing the exit to Palm Creek at the beginning of the Telegraph Track.

The auto electrician couldn’t do the job for three days, so we took an enforced break from the daily set up and pull down.

Apart from the general re-stocking of food and stuff, we took the kids fishing off the Mission River. Dan caught his first fish and was really excited, as was Cam with his first catch. It was good fun.

We also jumped on a Rio Tinto tour of the Bauxite Mine which was interesting. With the advertising of the tour very clearly saying there will be no toilet stops, Dan has the auspicious prestige of being the first person to ever stop the tour and get off the bus to wee. The driver wasn’t happy, as he had to stop and let him off on the roadside where the trucks were hauling which he informed an embarrassed Steve is highly illegal. Oops!

With the winch now fixed, it’s off to conquer the Old Telegraph Track!

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