|Journal for 7-Jul-2003 : Mt Larcom|
Fast riding along the highway with a fresh southerly blowing. We flew along at 7kpp (that's pikelets per kilometre).
A curious blue faced bird pestered us for food and the first break near the Gladstone turnoff. With such good tailwind we considered riding no to Rocky today, but decided we'd needed to have started an hour earlier. So rode into Gladstone.
Road into Gladston narrower and busier than highway. Sat in the park at Gladstone eating vegi-burgers and veging out.
Gladstone is a major centre for heavy industry in central Queensland. The major coal loader is here, fed by the vast central Queensland coal fields. There is also an enormous coal-fired power station, plus a host of heavy industry feeding off it, including an old Aluminium smelter with another one on the way. Not surprisingly the road north carries a lot of trucks. To give you some idea, one the roadside billboards advertised: "XYZ Insurance, Australia's leading truck insurer!"
This is the only part of Queensland where the rail trains are big too (well long anyway). Every few minutes a train load of coal, containers, cattle or just empties rumbled past. As our barbwire lined campsite at the Mt Larcom roadhouse was right by the highway/railway we needed every one of our hundred ks today to go to sleep.
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