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Monday, May 23, 2005

(Ay!) Karumba Countdown

It's Bang Bang Waterhole, not bung hole. Stop being childish
Tonight the Bike and Wheels Expedition is camping somewhere - about - here - ish, at Bang Bang Waterhole. Image courtesy of Tageo

Day 25 to 29 - Mt Isa to Karumba
We leave Mt Isa for Lake Julius – a freshwater dam for Mt Isa Mines (120km). Heading on through Kajabbi and Coolullah we arrive on day 27 at the Burke & Wills Roadhouse. On day 29 we reach Normanton, which was established as a port for the Cloncurry copper fields, but later became Croyden’s goldrush port, its population peaking at 3000 in 1891. Our destination Karumba on the Gulf of Carpentaria is now only 70 km away (550km over 6 days).

On arrival into Karumba on May 25, the riders will be welcomed by the Carpentaria Shire Mayor, Ashley Gallagher. We are in the process of organizing a musician to entertain everyone, as was done at the send off in Pt Augusta. This will all take place at Karumba Point in front of Sunset Tavern.

Bike n' Wheels trackback:
I'm in the middle of the desert, and I've found a PUB!
Bike n' Wheels hits Mt Isa
It was bound to happen
Raining in Birdsville!
In low earth orbit around South Australia
Bike n' Wheels Expedition: Day 2
Big Desert Adventure!

(Just a prediction, but there's a stirling chance that (yet) another blog is brewing out of all this).


  • Almost all over, Velo should be in Normanton tonight according to the Outbike site.
    No GSM mobiles coverage till Cairns though. Have to wait for an SMS update.
    Still 24 degrees up there at 9pm according to the BoM. I imagine amber liquids are going down well at the The Purple Pub the Albion or the Cental tonight.

    By Anonymous Skewer, at 9:26 pm, May 24, 2005  

  • Just got off the dog n' bone talking to Velo boy, it's Ay! Karumba tomorrow followed by a piss up at sunset & much seafood.

    The Purple Pub is actually slightly blue-ish and has spiffy blue fluoro lighting. Wait until he returns & tells you about the Burke & Wills Roadhouse Septic Tank Experience. The humidity has kicked closer to the coast & the tropical sun has a vicious bite.

    He'll call you tomorrow before the mid-strength grog kicks in, re: returnage to Melbourne on Saturday evening. Or I should email you with the details instead of leaving a comment on my blog. Silly me.

    By Blogger cfsmtb, at 11:02 pm, May 24, 2005  

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