13.11.2015 - 17.11.2015 32 °C
Travelling with Jude back to Airlie Beach and her business "Bush Cabins" was like going home. Great to see how a Palm Leaf hat was made, having seen them at Cape Tribulation
Having been here in August, it was nice to come back, but the increase in temperature was noticeable! But so were the spring flowers, like these Frangipani
This time I shared a cabin with Alina, a lovely, smiley Finish girl
who pulled off crazy sunglasses better than I did!
Having spent a week grafting I insisted on taking Jude out with me to find some live music, so the three of us set off for a 40min walk to Airlie (from Cannonvale)
sometimes Jude gets a little distracted, even with a camera in her face!
We had a great night involving several bars and live music from Sun Salute
and Kevin McCarthy among others
before ending up in Magnums for some techno!
and being accompanied home by two rather drunk Sweedish lads
where I should point out that jude doesn't drink alcohol
Arriving back one evening to Bush Village, I was attacked by a rather protective Curlew mother, with one chicks
the father arrived shortly after and chased me up the path!
But the next day, it was great to see the family in daylight, with two chicks ... can you spot them?
and a protective mother
and over-protective father
They are beautiful birds, and freeze like statues at night if you spot them... and they're not being protective!
Another very good reason to come back was to collect my Opal ring.
Having bought the stone in March 8 months ago, and carried it with me looking for the perfect jeweller to make something special, I was so excited to see it
and just as unique as I hoped when I designed it
adding a special Black Opal from Lightening Ridge
It symbolises my travels, and is broken as I won't be returning to where I started this journey.
However, Jude got her jewellery out, and showed me some very unique gold nugget pieces
Maybe in the next couple of weeks I'll go gem hunting for my own...
...one afternoon I met up with a good friend I'd made last time I was in Airlie and my main reason for returning - to go touring on 'my' new bike
Honda Shadow VT750
A beautiful blue bike to tour an amazing country
with Barry on his Nomad
...watch this space for more Biking with Barry...