Error of judgement…

Leaving Apple tree creek camp ground I made the decision to fill up with petrol at the first garage we passed on the left hand side of the road. No worries we still had just under half a tank of petrol and passed 2-3 on the right hand side of the road. Then it was just the open road…

The driving was easy, the scenery beautiful, Aussie gums lined the road. Mile after mile slipped by.

No way to get past this one...


Twice we got caught in a long convoy of vehicles crawling along behind huge mining machinery taking up almost 2 lanes of the highway, with pilot cars and police cars moving everything coming towards us off the road. Eventually, after a frustrating half hours slow progress, they pulled over and allowed us to pass. But still no petrol station…

The petrol gauge dropped lower. Now it was showing empty. Still 36km to Miriam Vale where I prayed there would be petrol. At 30 km before Miriam Vale we pulled into a “driver, reviver” rest area were volunteers supply free coffee and biscuits to the driving public. The woman manning the stall assured me there was a garage in Miriam Vale.

That last 30km I was very tense with the red light taunting me all the way, so it was with a huge sigh of  relief when we pulled in to the garage to fill up. It took 60 litres and cost $80. The most I have ever put in one go. Lesson learnt, I will never pull out in the morning without a full tank.

Today we travelled 359km and made it to 20km north of Rockhampton and stayed behind the pub at Yaamba. We had stayed here on the first trip and knew that at $10 it was very good value.


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2 thoughts on “Error of judgement…

  1. B&B

    Hi Jack & Pauline,
    I used to start off with a half a tank of fuel when we were going over to Perth or back here, we had the same trouble once so now it is always a full tank, I guesss we learn fast especially if we don’t know the area.
    Glad you are have a great time, it ihas been cold down here, down to 6.8 one night, Brrrrrr!!.
    We are off to Tenderfield next weekend with some of our friends, I think we will need our winter wollies on, it had been -3 there just lately, hope they have some heating in the motel we are going to & and an electric Blanket, Ha! Ha!.
    Take care from B&B x


    • G’Day, Have a great time at Tenterfield, it is a really nice place and the autumn leaves may still be there…Nice to keep in touch both via comments and on skype.


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