Last night we enjoyed a wonderful night in a small town called Baralaba. Wonderful hosts and great cooks. It is always a pleasure to see twelve months of hard work and dedication come to fruition. We work closely with all the towns and areas that we travel through and it is a lot of hard work on everyone’s part. Local community groups cater for the event and do a sterling job putting on a great show. Some of the volunteers from the show society never actually got to bed. By the time they finished up last night, it was time to begin preparation for the 4.30am start for our officials.
Big day today with 700km to cover. Every day is quite different out on the RBR. Yesterday was green and lush vegetation with running creeks. Today we travelled over rugged stony ranges and west into the termite mounds and bulldust above Jericho.
Before leaving town this morning, car 2016, Farkawi had to get some welding done at the local garage. Showing his dedicated approach to help everyone, Bernie and Joe chipped in and ran the fuel pumps and service station while the young chap repaired their car.
Not long out from the start car 23 had starter motor issues and came to a grinding halt. The boys in car 4 jumped straight in to help get it sorted, only for them to have similar issues an hour later. Quick detour via Emerald got them sorted and away again.
Once again, we had a great lunch and spread put on by the Springsure P&C. We are only two days in and probably two kilo’s heavier.
We have two courses that make up the Road Boss Rally. The rally route, which comprises of some very challenging and interesting roads, tracks and country and the Cruise Course, which takes an easier route to each overnight stop. Our Cruise Course cars have been enjoying the diverse country and are kept busy and amused with the activities and challenges that we give them each day.
Long dusty day, but it is just the way we all like it. Rugged bush tracks, wire gates, bull dust, termite mounds and a long straight road direct into the western sun to finish off the day. Plenty of stories to tell tonight over a few cold ones as we all rib each other of whose team is going to be triumphant.
Not a real lot of photos today - sorry. Being a long day, there isn’t a real lot of opportunity to pull up often then jump ahead like we normally have the luxury to do. Have to keep moving to mow down the k’s and make it to town before the footy starts. Tomorrow is a different story though, as we have some really cool things up our sleeve.
Thanks everyone and we look forward to updating you again tomorrow from Winton.
At the time of writing (6.29pm), all is well and only a couple of cars, the remaining officials and sweeps to arrive in town. However we can hear them on the UHF coming into tow, so another great and successful day out on the RBR.