ALLIE: DAY 35: Wednesday, 21th of March
A day travelling on planes from China to Australia
Flight CX 103 takes us around midnight again across the equator, past Indonesia and Papua New Guinea – and alas even past Cairnes – down to Brisbane.
|over the Great Barrier Reef|
And I certainly have enough now from flying, sitting and eating. The coastline below me looks stunning and I can’t wait to be out in the warm, sunny weather and dive into the sea.We hire a car and drive the 20 odd Kilometers up north the coast to a small community called Trinity where we are invited to stay the next days with John Medlock, a ballooning friend of Phil. He emigrated from the UK to live and work here.
Phil and him haven’t seen each other for 15 years so there is much to catch up in talking over a drink at the nice sun-downer pub near the beach. I’d rather go for a walk and get some exercise after hours on aeroplanes.
The temperature is wonderful. Humid, breezy and 28 degrees. A barbeque dinner at home is the last I can remember before collapsing into a 12 hours deep sleep.
|aerial view over the 'highlands'|
PHIL: Day 35/21 March
A day mostly spent in aeroplanes, overflying
only to return there about five hours
later. Attempts to hire a compact (=cheap) saloon fail, but we end up with a
‘deal’ on a Toyota LandCruiser which is enormous but fun to drive – especially
after the really crappy VW we had in Namibia. Find John Medlock’s house in …..Beach without too much trouble. Cairns
|At John's house, Phil relaxing with wine and guitar|
He’s now more-or-less permanently established in
flying very big balloons for Japanese and Chinese tourists up on the Atherton
Tablelands inland from . Cairns
We try to catch up on the intervening 20-odd years over a couple of glasses of excellent Oz wine at John’s regular watering hole on the beach before a steak ‘barbie’ and early bed.