Sunday, March 18, 2007

The Honkers-Kiwi-Aussie Tour: Day 32 Georgetown, Queensland, Au

I count the road trains that we encounter on the highway from Charters Towers to Georgetown ( 22). From Wikipedia: "A road train consists of a relatively conventional prime mover, but instead of pulling a single semi-trailer the road train pulls more than one of them.
Australia has the largest and heaviest road-legal vehicles in the world, with some configurations topping out at close to 200 metric tons. The majority though are between 80 and 120 tonnes. Two-trailer road trains, or "doubles" are allowed in all Australian states except Victoria and Tasmania, and into two capital cities - Adelaide in South Australia, and Perth in Western Australia. Three trailer road trains (triples) operate in western New South Wales, western Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia and the Northern Territory, with the last three states also allowing AB-Quads (3.5 trailers). Darwin, NT, is the only capital city in the world that will allow triples and quads to within 1km of the CBD."
We encounter groups of emu, a dingo picking up carrion from the road, and a "free underbody wash"at Mt. Surprise that is designed to prevent the spread of weed seeds.
Camping at Goldfield's Caravan Park is quiet and it lives up to its billing of "abundant bird life".

No comments: