Its been four days since we left Queensland and to be honest, there wasn’t much to see for the first two days and even less photo opportunities for #BadBetty Mk II.
The trip is starting to become as much about the people as the places we go and things we see. The trip over the Barkley Highway was uneventful on Monday and a bit numbing at times – straight lines and nothing much to break it up except chatting away between ourselves and then taking times with music in the background – the real shock (and even though we expected it, it didn’t make it any less of a shock, was the fuel prices! Thank goodness we filled up the jerry cans in Mount Isa at $1.23 per litre so we didn’t have to pay $1.92 per litre at the Barkley Homestead – the prices seem to be coming back down a bit as we head further north.
On Monday night we stayed in a free camp off the Stuart Highway and shared an afternoon & evening of laughs and far-ranging conversation with Neville and Gloria – such a lovely couple with their share of challenges through their lives but were smiling, welcoming, engaging and enthusiastic company – even I got cuddles this morning before we all went our separate ways but the phone died before mum could get a picture.
Tuesday night we are hundreds more kilometers up the road and now only 100km from Mataranka and Bitter Springs – that is something we were ALL looking forward too! We filled up at the HiWay Inn at Daly Waters today and Mum found a free shower there (seriously, you would think she found GOLD!) and Dad, in front of everyone (but it’s the NT so no one batted an eyelid!) decided that the sprinklers would make a good enough shower for him! I am just lucky that I am still nice and clean and fluffy so I didn’t suffer any indignities!
Mum got to work catching up on the paperwork (after the first wine but before the 2nd!) and although we are a bit over budget - we got some extra stuff in Mount Isa – like a wine stockpile (20 litres!) and Dad got a blower and vacuum for the bus and they both got some extra hot weather clothes - but still they are averaging $119 per day – including fuel. If you take out the extra stuff for the bus and the clothes, it will come down to $105 per day – pretty good! They are both pleased with that so far so it looks like I get to continue eating! 😊
Mataranka was better than expected – like an incredible oasis in the middle of the desert! One little girl couldn’t decide if I was real or not when sitting by the pool but wasn’t sure enough to touch me and give me a pat! We were going to do Bitter Springs as well but Dad missed the turnoff….. Mum pointed it out but Dad thought he had it sorted – yep – nope! We will pick up Bitter Springs on the way back south!
We arrived into Barunga last night – huge thanks to Ron and Linda for playing hosts to us and the #BadBettyBus for a few days! Today was one of the BEST DAYS EVER! I got to GO TO SCHOOL!!!! I was allowed to go and get so many loves and kisses from some of the kids at the Barunga primary school this morning and they listened while mum told them all about the REAL #BadBetty and mum showed them pictures of us both and told them all about #BadBetty Mk 1 eating toilet paper and breaking her toys by eating the squeakies….. I told them that I was a much better behaved girl! Mum even showed them pictures of where we have been on our adventure so far and they promised to watch and see where I go from here on! How excited am I!!!!
We are going to see some more stuff around here in the next few days – we hope you can join us and thanks for reading – lots of love #BadBetty Mk II, Mum & Dad xoxo
QLd - Mt Isa & Camooweal & into NT
Mataranka - NT
Barunga - NT