The Bend, Coen

2/8/13 – It was a peaceful but warm night, we had all the windows on the trailer open so woke with the birds.

Plan today is to drop into Moreton Telegraph Station that we missed coming up and then head to The Bend back at Coen for the night. Hopefully get in there early arvo and have a swim in the creek and get a good spot 🙂

We had a quick morning tea at Bramwell Junction before moving on to Moreton Telegraph Station. As we came into the station someone stopped us to let us know our kitchen door was open. We travelled all the way up the OTT no problems get back onto corrugated roads and we suffer sudden lock death syndrome. The latching mechanism on the lock on the kitchen door had broken off and the door was swinging open. Red dust had gone through all of the kitchen and all through the pantry grrrrr. Chris was able to take a lock of the door at the other end of the kitchen that we don’t open very much and switch the lock out and then Mac Guyver the other door closed with duct tape. Big clean up coming up at the Bend. It could have been much worse, we could have lost the whole door.

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After the repair we had a look through the display at the station. Several boards with information about the floods, birds, the Telegraph Line etc. worth stopping in for a look and walking on some green grass.

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We arrived at The Bend just after 2pm, found a great spot overlooking the river and had a late lunch before setting up. After setting up, then came the big clean up of emptying everything out of the kitchen and pantry, wiping and literally hosing the dust off. Not a fun job that took many hours in the heat of the day. Eventually we were done and then had a quick dip to get the red dust off us. * Update –  Aussie Swag no longer use the same locks, they have changed over to another brand that look like they are stronger. We have replaced all 6 locks on the trailer with the new ones. Scott from Aussie Swag, looked after us and gave us a good deal 🙂

Dust Wash-Me

It was a clear night, lots of stars and also a cool night, coolest one we have had for a while.

Click on the link above for a larger version in Google Maps of the days travels.