On the road again, part 3

It’s sad, but true. We’re homeward bound.

No, I’m not going to inflict another ear worm on you all by adding the Simon & Garfunkel video, it’s bad enough I have the sound track playing in my own head.

Here’s our camp setup, complete with yours truly slobbing about with feet up and laptop in play. You can blame the Husband for this one – I didn’t authorise an official portrait… You can see how dull the weather is compared with the previous couple of days. On the upside, it was much easier to sleep at night!


As the day was wet and cool, we were trussed up in our wet weather gear most of the time, all hi-vis and reflective bits. And hot! It had rained overnight and there were some distinctly damp patches in the tent, but no disasters. As a result of the poor weather, the things we had planned to do were put aside for another visit – no point going somewhere with a magnificent view if all you can see is thick grey cloud! We did manage to catch up with Ben, a fellow ST1300 owner, who works at Mareeba airfield as an aircraft mechanic.

But for me, the highlight of the day was a visit to Mungalli Creek Dairy, a biodynamic dairy which produces lightly pasteurised, non-homogenised milk, cream and yoghurt, some of which is also lactose free, hurray! They have a café, and as well as serving a mean Devonshire tea and a flourless chocolate cake with massive dollops of Jersey clotted cream, the café has viewing windows into the dairy itself, where you can see cheese and yoghurt being made and packaged. The Jersey herd is grazed on biodynamic pasture, and the cows are treated homeopathically for any problems. All I can say is, the happiness of the herd is quite apparent in the quality of the product… We did also indulge in a bit lots of wiggly-road riding, of course.

So now we’re on our way home. Tonight we won’t be camping, as it’s a one night stop, which means the trailer stays packed and only the bike panniers need to be excavated for a stay in a cabin or motel room. For now, the plan is to stop in Townsville again unless my back holds out well, in which case, we might try to get a bit further on and get home sooner on day 2.

One souvenir of the visit: lots of hexies!  I didn’t even open my Kindle or listen to the radio, so if the world has come to an end while I was away, it’ll have to wait till I get home. But of course, there will always be handwork… These are big hexies, 2 inches to a side, so whatever this is going to be will happen quite quickly. I’m going to make the flowers and then decide how it all needs to be joined together. Maybe more black, with brightly coloured single hexies in the centre.


Signing off for the rest of the trip. It’s not going to be very interesting to read about, and I hope to have some interesting squishies to investigate and share once I get home; I’ll keep you posted.

See you in 1080km/671 miles.

25 thoughts on “On the road again, part 3

  1. Debbierose says:

    I like the black centre in the hexie. Makes the flower bloom

  2. Even without video, the earworm stuck here too. I am very earworm susceptible. 😦

  3. anne54 says:

    Your camping set up looks great, and to think that it all comes from the trailer. i suspect it is the tardis reincarnated in McKay!

  4. tialys says:

    We used to live next door to a dairy farm in the U.K. – I’m not sure they would have welcomed viewing panels – it nearly turned me vegan.
    Have a safe trip home and hopefully one of the squishies awaiting you will be from me and Sandra.
    (P.S. What happened to that ‘constant sunshine’ you were telling me about? 😉 )

    • katechiconi says:

      The Tablelands have their own microclimate, with higher than average rainfall and slightly more temperate weather than down on the coast. The former keeps the place green and lovely, and the latter makes camping bearable, but you do run the risk of the occasional wet or cloudy day. We were well prepared!

  5. nanacathy2 says:

    I have really enjoyed your road trip posts, please can you go for longer next time so we can have more of the same? Safe journey home.

  6. Conor Bofin says:

    You look so organised in your tent. You should move in there permanently.

    • katechiconi says:

      Two major downsides to that (although it’s a tempting thought…): no sewing room, and no kitchen. But it is a comfortable set up, and we’ll do it again for sure now we have the trailer for all the stuff.

  7. Who needs the video? You did it again and I don’t mind one bit 😉 Have a good journey home.

  8. Kirsten says:

    Squishies?! I am intrigued. Guess that is what happens when you fall of the blogging grid. Everyone else probably knows what you are on about. 😀

    • katechiconi says:

      Squishies are envelopes with blocks or fabric in them. It’s my turn in the F2F2 block swap, so there will be at least 8 squishy envelopes arriving for me, most exciting!

  9. That song was in my head Monday as we came home to NY from CA, I never tire of it.
    Looks like you’re having a marvelous (and productive!) time, enjoy the return trip!

  10. Jen Gardener says:

    We have the same tent! We bought our a couple of weeks ago after our Aldi tent started leaking. It seems pretty good so far! Looks like you had an amazing trip!

    • katechiconi says:

      It’s a good one, and pretty quick to put up. The only downside is that I’d have liked a couple of hanging loops inside both rooms for lights. The trip was loads of fun, and we have a couple more in the pipeline for next year.

  11. I like the dark focus in the hexie. Makes the blossom sprout..

  12. […] hills are full of Friesians and Holsteins. I’ve mentioned the Mungalli Creek dairy in a previous post, but this time we went to Gallo’s, drawn irresistibly by the lure of fresh cheese – and […]

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