Was another fast day into Longreach , 107 km and the bonus of a coffee stop at the 80 km mark at an interesting little town of IIfracombe. Not used to finding any civilisation between destinations. Great coffee.
With only a further 27 km to Longreach it was a bit of a doodle.
Reaching the last couple of km you can see the distinctive tall rear tail of a qantas plane at the airport . Turns out that this is actually a gifted , by Qantas , an asset for a museum about qantas at the birthplace of this now famous airline. It landed here in 2002 , retired after something like 18,000 cycle ( landings & takeoffs) I’m guessing that Barbs uncle George would have been one of the pilots who flew this plane , a much loved by pilots jet .
After finding my digs I walked into town to AU post where awaiting we’re several packages including my new replacement wheel . Spent an hour or 2 sorting this out including fitting a new rear tyre. Unfortunately the new wheel was not supplied to the agreed spec. And this means that It can’t used to tow BOB when I get up to The ISA.
No easy solutions apart from waiting about 5 days till they build and supply another wheel. A bit frustrating as I will now finish this ride off at The ISA. On the brighter side I’ll be back with Barb ( and Henrietta) sooner 😉 and other adventures.
Fitting new wheel , a strong 40 spoke tandem style hub
The wheel is fitted and tested and I am confident that it will do the immediate job of getting me safely to The Isa.
Spent time today looking at the Qantas Museum
On the 747. 200 series