January 31, 2011 GMT
Anthony and the Goliath

Monday 31st January 2011 Ė I awoke to a calm and peaceful morning today. Cyclone Anthony did a bit of mischief down at Bowen but we were unaffected in Townsville. So, by the time Iíd retrieved my bike from the toilet block, it was about 7am before I got on the road. However, I made good time and got to Ayr by 8.30 so stopped for a cuppa in the local servo. The headline on the paper read ďAnthony and the GoliathĒ and the girl behind the desk was quick to advise me Iíd be best to head as far west as possible and get away from the coast because the second cyclone (Cyclone Yasi, aka Goliath), currently over Fiji, will be a category 4 and will destroy everything in its path. As Iíd already missed the turn off for Mount Isa (in the west), I left the servo like a bat out of hell and continued south with the intention of turning off at Mackay. However, by the time Iíd reached Bowen and had a chance to consider her advice, I decided Iíd be better off getting as far south as possible as the cyclone isnít due to hit until Thursday which gives me another 2 days to clear to impact area.

So much for spending a month meandering my way down the coast Ė at this rate Iíll be in Sydney by next weekend!

Iíd made Mackay by 1pm. However, I then ran into a strange phenomena that I havenít encountered in Australia before Ė a traffic jam. A van had run into the side of a bridge which meant all the traffic from 4 different directions was backed up for miles. It took me 2 hours to travel the 30km from Mackay to Sarina! Iím now in a small village called Carmila, about 100km south of Mackay. Tomorrow Iíll try and make it to Hervey Bay.

Posted by Jill Maden at January 31, 2011 08:28 AM GMT

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