Last night at Aramac the locals certainly put on a show for us, much like the Queensland team put on a show for the State of Origin. What a great night full of colour and entertainment. The local hospitality students catered for us using a mobile state of the art kitchen facility, purpose built for catering students from a number of schools in this outback area. Pretty cool to be able to experience that. Not to mention the Calcutta which was held and raised $3500 for the local kids to go on school camp next year, which is to the Commonwealth Games.
After leaving Aramac this morning we went to an amazing spot on the edge of a rugged range escarpment. It was a great opportunity to do a unique photo shoot and do some team bonding while we were all together on top of the world. What a hidden gem! Wow is all we can say, and keep an eye out for the spectacular photos.
Great day out on the road with lots of dusty, sandy, narrow tracks through quite a few properties. Termite mounds and ant hills were the hidden hazards everyone had to be careful of. Many of the tracks were quite over grown and narrow. Everyone made it through un scaved and just like the last two, gave the day a big thumbs up!
Lunch in Muttaburra and the sausages were worth awards. Nothing like an all-beef sausage made locally.
Using our RBR fundraising money, GIVIT also answered a call from theMuttaburra school and dropped off some iPads to the local Kindergarten. It was a great chance to further show case how our connection with GIVIT works so well and we are able to directly support and contribute to the towns and communities where we travel.
If you don’t already know, we have a daily ‘you can’t be that stupid’ award. Yes, believe it or not, we have plenty of contenders… Today’s winner was Nick from Car 19 who saw the ‘Hospitality’ truck at Aramac and thought it was a Hospital truck. So Nick was thinking ‘oh wow, Aramac has a hospital on a truck.’
Outback Queensland Tourism has set up a treasure hunt for the RBR to do. It goes over 4 nights and when we get to town we need to find special ‘card’ to be in the draw to win $100 at Boulia. It is proving to be a bit of a challenge! The race is on. With 160 people on the rally and only about 20 cards in each secret spot, they run out pretty quick.
This afternoon all cars and crews got into Winton early enough to use the facilities and have a good shower and get ready for the night’s entertainment.
Notable happenings today include:
- Car 18 had a broken spring hanger which got welded up – using the tow truck as a bit of a hoist.
- Car 621 travelled via Longreach for tyres.
- Andrew Tilly from Car 24, lost his keys (oh no!) and found his keys (thank goodness).
- Car 2016 found a farm stay for some accommodation last night. I’m sure they were a bit disappointed when they were expecting a 3 star rating but got 5 star! They were a bit excited to show us all the photos. We might have to put Joe on accommodation duty next year.
- Cars are starting to look and sound a little like rally cars now. Rattles, squeaks, broken exhausts, tie wire, zip ties…… Cars with character! Never say Never!