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March 29, 2005

John arrived yesterday to give me a ride back down to Cairns. He had a big grin on his face when he first saw me, ‘Guess sending you up to the Starcke with a belly load of prawns wasn’t such a good idea was it?’ he quipped. ‘That croc must have smelt you a mile away!’

Before heading out of Cooktown he took me up to Cape Flattery where we looked in on the Ernst family (they’d participated in our educational programs for the Overland Australia leg via the School of the Air) before continuing north along the beach to Lookout Point. Taking some basic provisions, a GPS and topo map I struck out due west by foot, arranging to meet John back around on the Wakooka track. Even with my still swollen feet it took a little less than four hours to hike the 11 miles across the sand dunes. The gap between the Pacific and Australian legs has now been closed.

Posted on March 29, 2005 11:35 AM