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Marlborough - Saturday 6th August 1977

We got up at about 6 am and after pulling down the tents, clearing up the place, packing trucks and eating breakfast, we got away at about 8.30 am. For breakfast we had saveloys and some more crumpets - so much for the diet. Today, Sue, Cathy and I went in the big 6 wheel drive Studebaker. It was a bit cold and squashy at first, because the flaps were open, but we soon got used to it. We drove through Maryborough and Childers and stopped at in Gin Gin for morning tea. After about 15 minutes we set off again and drove over some really pretty rivers and creeks. We bypassed both Bundaberg and Gladstone. We stopped at Miriamvale for lunch and had sandwiches and pineapple. Because we had the food supplies in the truck, we got some pineapples and one guy cut them open and we ate them while we were driving along. They were really nice and juicy. Just before we reached Rockhampton we saw this really long coal train which must have stretched nearly 1 kilometre. We drove through Rockhampton about 3 pm. It was a nice city with lots of trees and was on a nice river.

By this time we were all pretty tired, but we kept on going to Marlborough. Two cars had gone ahead and already set up the tents, which was good as we arrived at about 5.30 pm. We camped at a rest area just past Marlborough, by a creek. There were tons of other people, not with our party camping there too. Everyone likes to stay together, because it is the long stretch of road between Rockhampton and Mackay where a lot of murders take place. We set up the fire and had steak, tomatoes and onions which were quite nice. We then had more crumpets and honey. Sue and I always seem to get stuck with the job of cooking crumpets. After clearing up, we boiled water for our baths. Most of the guys just had a swim in the creek, while most of the girls had a bucket bath or shower behind a screen near the creek. It was OK and I even managed to wash my hair. We then went to bed after having a nice cuppa tea. We then wrote some letters. We have to have our tent near Mrs.Usher all the time and the guys are allowed to drink and not us. It's not fair because we have all the restrictions.

Posted by hillbillyramsey 17:00 Archived in Australia

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