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Journal for 16-Jul-2003 : Townsville

I was right about the flats. I replaced my front tube overnight, and had to re-inflate Linda's rear tyre.

Early panic riding over the Burdekin River Bridge. 1km of very narrow road (the railway line had stolen half the bridge) with no way off but straight ahead.

More gusty tail-winds today, and more fantastic scenery with Mt Elliot and the other mountains in Bowling Green Bay National Park.

The highway was pretty narrow for a lot of this stretch, and we spent quite a bit of time in the dirt (and thorns) watching the trucks side-swipe the caravans.

Lunch at a bus stop at Alligator Creek involved eating an unappetising muesli bar and me falling asleep on a nice comfortable concrete slab while Linda watched a black kite circling overhead.

On the outskirts of Townsville we met fellow cycle tourist Joachim from Austria. He'd ridden pretty much all the way, except the 1000km in Tibet where he was arrested and put on a bus.

Lots of birds of prey circling on the thermals as we approach town. Also a flock of pelicans doing the same.

Major re-equip at a Townsville bike shop, and most of the accommodation booked out. It's no longer the off season. After all the delays and socialising it was too late to visit the Australian Taxation Office. I asked where it was at the tourist information centre, and they where able to show me the town tourist map had this institution marks as one of Townsville's major attractions.

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