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A Touch of Paradise

After 10 or 11 days visiting family and friends in Darwin, we are on the road again. Although we enjoyed our visits, we are glad to be away from the humidity of Darwin. Being southerners, we do not cope well with humidity and the Dry was late arriving in Darwin this year. The day before we left was cool, but we were going anyway.
Our first night was in Katherine and then on to Daly Waters where we had been before. This time there was entertainment at the pub from a Singer, Songwriter, Poet, Comedian and Story Teller called "Chilli". He quickly had everyone laughing and his show seemed to be over all too soon.
From here we travelled East along the Carpentaria Hwy. Some of the wildlife we saw included kangaroos, a dingo, a snake, a wild pig and, of course, cattle. We found a lovely camp spot at Little River. The next day we did a day trip to Borroloola which was not really worth visiting although the fuel was cheaper that at the Heartbreak Hotel. We discovered later that we probably could have tackled the dirt road to King Ash Bay but we didn't know this then, so we went to Bing Bong instead. We knew this was the loading wharf for the mines but were disappointed we could not get to the water and had to settle for a photo from the lookout. But the compensation was the colours of trees and shrubs flowering in the bush along the side of the road. We had reds, yellows, orange and pink. It looked like springtime in the bush. There were no fires along this section.
We turned south at Cape Crawford (why is this inland place called "Cape Crawford"?), stopping to photograph the Heartbreak Hotel where the Tableland Hwy commences. "Highway" is a euphemism for what is only a single lane sealed road - rough at times, but OK. The scenery along here changed dramatically as we went along. Some places were heavily wooded with winding roads and other parts were flat, treeless and as straight as an arrow. We took our time, continually watching out for wandering stock which like to walk across the road in front of vehicles. We also tried to avoid cow dung as we discovered that running over it sprayed it onto the protruding part of the door and the step. And there was also the odd reptile to avoid.
Today we have reached the Barkly Highway and are heading East.