Monday, May 2, 2011

Monday 02.05.11 Katherine - Darwin

A little over 3 hours to go until the inevitable mountain of washing, unpacking and cleaning the car and trailer.

We left Katherine at about 12.30pm to the stunning news that Osama bin Laden was killed, and we were quite riveted to the news on the radio until the signal died. Just out of Katherine, a big hiss came out of the engine, and from experience, we knew it was one of the hoses from the turbo intercooler getting loose. We then had to spend the next 10 minutes or so looking for a track off the highway to pull over, preferably with shade, with a Greyhound bus on our tail that we had just passed before the hose let go.

We were able to pull off the highway onto the Old Stuart Highway, which was in much better condition than we expected, considering it wouldn't have had any upkeep in 30-odd years. We stopped at the Edith River where a few people were swimming in some gentle rapids. Rachel took the boys for a quick swim while Paul re-tightened the hose, and then we were off home, arriving about 5pm.

We have about 3 or 4 weekends in a row at the end of May/early June, so that looks like when we will get out next trip in, probably to one of our favourite places, Depot Creek, just south of Hayes Creek, about 2 hours south of Darwin.

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