Oh, marvellous…

That is an example of gratuitous sarcasm.

Screen Shot 2016-02-05 at 3.25.44 pmWe have been waiting for good rain for months. Now that we have a road trip planned, a 4,000km round trip…. now, we are getting rain. Lots and lots of it. Just what we needed to make things really interesting…

Substantial sections of our route south are already subject to flood warnings. Water storage dams along the way have already had to do controlled releases into the surrounding waterways for fear of damage, leading to further flooding.

Screen Shot 2016-02-05 at 2.52.43 pm Screen Shot 2016-02-05 at 2.52.26 pmThis is the view from the front and side of the house. That looks like an uneventful trip, doesn’t it? (That was more gratuitous sarcasm, by the way).

Oh, and in case you were thinking it looked a bit chilly and miserable, think again. It’s hot and miserable. 32°C/90°F, and the humidity is due to reach 88% in the next hour as that wet front crosses the coast. Think hot bathroom filled with steam and you have an inkling of what it feels like to step outside.

We’re not taking any stupid chances. Roads are closed and cars have been swept away already. If it gets too bad, we’ll have defer, even if it means rearranging everything on the trip. Boo. 😦

Welcome to the tropics, baby.

36 thoughts on “Oh, marvellous…

  1. EllaDee says:

    I can’t ‘Like’ this… it would be a bloody shame if your travel plans are buggered up by the weather. Would it be viable for you to detour inland? The weather here currently & next week looks relatively mild & unexciting, less than 30 c and possible showers, somewhat humid but compared to 30+ and horrible humidity, it’s liveable.

    • katechiconi says:

      Sadly, the flooding is worse inland, we’re safer sticking to the more coastal highway. When I first moved up to Mackay from Coffs to get married, it was the same story; we thought we’d be clever and go via Toowoomba. We ended up stuck in Biloela for three solid days, in a town cut off at all sides and rapidly running out of food! No, if it gets too bad, we’ll have a rethink and see what we can manage.

  2. Lorij says:

    I hope that you can take your trip. I’m sure that the rain is needed maybe you can get where you’re going ahead of the worst of it. Cheer up everything will work out just fine.

    • katechiconi says:

      The rain is indeed needed badly. Just… I’d have preferred it a week ago or a week later! It’s coming at the perfect time for the young sugar cane, and the farmers will be jumping for joy.

  3. nanacathy2 says:

    Hope you can get away soon.

  4. But don’t take any risks. My daughter’s car was written off in the floods before Christmas due to a field drain suddenly bursting as she was passing, I’m sorry your plans may gang agley, but better safe than sorry.

    • katechiconi says:

      Exactly so. It does seem as if the really bad stuff has moved out to sea, and while there’s flooding inland, the coastal strip is less affected. We shall set off hopefully, and will not hesitate to turn around and come home should the road prove to be flooded.

  5. knettycraft says:

    It’s looking like snow on the roof there…. 😉
    Oh I hope you have not to cancel your trip. But as Viv said: better safe than sorry.

  6. katechiconi says:

    Snow is incredibly unlikely! It’s a white metal roof with red gutters. The rain is easing further south, so we may just be OK!

  7. rutigt says:

    Or rather “not like”! It isn´t fun to see a planned trip floating away. All the energy and expectation you´ve put in it just washed away. I hope the weather changes and you can have a nice travel 🙂

  8. We need a dislike button, needed rain but crappy timing! Good luck!

    • katechiconi says:

      The worst timing ever! It’s pouring hard, but we’re told the weather is clearing further south, so it’s just the 300km Mackay – Rockhampton stretch I’m mostly worried about.

  9. I suggest going outside and having a good old Rumpelstiltskin tantrum complete with stomping. At least you’ll have puddles to stomp in!

  10. Most important of course is your safety. If you can go in fact, perhaps you can go in imagination, find ways to vacation without leaving home. Best to you in your travels!

  11. Jule says:

    Hope you’ll find a way to travel anyway. As they say: No risk, no fun! 😉

  12. dayphoto says:

    I think you are being very wise. Darn that you have to readjust, though.


  13. Debbierose says:

    Travel safe if you head off. Where south are you heading? Weather resembles our record breaking rain in the past few weeks

    • katechiconi says:

      First stop Maryborough, then Coffs Harbour and then Sydney. Then the whole trip in reverse! We’ve escaped the heaviest stuff for now, it’s merely gloomy and drizzly, whilst still very warm.

  14. Lorij says:

    Hi Kate, today both my Granddaughter’s were diagnosed as having wheat allergies. Both are devastated. They love bread, and pancakes. One of then loves cookies but not ginger and nuts. I know you are gluten free and I would appreciate it if you would share some of your recipes.
    Thank you so much.

    • katechiconi says:

      Oh, poor girls. It’s hard to be deprived of your favourite foods at any age, but hopefully they’ll start to feel well soon once they’re not eating the things that are bad for them. For gluten free recipes, you can click on the Food heading in my side bar and that will bring up all the recipe posts. For the granddaughters, I’d recommend the peanut butter cookies: 1 cup each of crunchy peanut butter, packed dark brown sugar and raisins, 1 egg and 1/2 tsp cinnamon. Mix all together well and dollop teaspoonfuls onto lined cookie sheets. Bake for 20 minutes or so at 325F. No flour at all! It sounds unlikely, but it works very well.

      • Lorij says:

        Thankfully they both only had a rash that would not go away. So when the blood work came back both were found to be wheat, milk, egg white allergic and the other also cod fish, walnut, and four or five other things. Only the one with 3 allergies likes sweets. But they both like ice cream. They love bread so now they are going to have to eat wheat free. They love pasta so they’ll be eating wheat free if their mother can find it or she says she’ll be making it if she must. I’m glad they know now
        because it will prevent many problems later on in life for them. Gluten allergies can cause serious health issues if unknown.I’m glad their mother is a nurse. Thank you for your help. Happy traveling.

  15. Boo! I hope the weather eases.
    If it makes you feel any better, check out our forecast for the next week. Horrid.

    • katechiconi says:

      Waa! Not good. You’ll be well toasted by the end of the week, even with the temperatures dropping *slightly*…
      I think we’re past the worst. All the water courses we pass show signs of flooding, with vegetation flattened along the edges, and there are many fields with standing water, but I don’t think the farmers are too unhappy about it!

  16. tialys says:

    I’m happy for you that you were able to get away in the end. Have fun!

  17. Lynda says:

    Not happy. The comments above give me hope that you are well on your way and having funin spite of the weather. True?

  18. Yikes, not the best travel weather. Hope you are having a good time though!

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