Raid Day 24, Monday 21st September

Raid Day 24, Monday 21st September

The sun rose a bit later in the gorge, but by 7AM we had finished our breakfast, this was to be another fine hot day.
After packing the car we were going for a swim when we saw Rene had the rear axle tube out of his 2cv, it appears the rough roads of the last few days had caused it to crack, this was causing the rear trailing arms to go out of alignment, so with the help of several other Raiders the axle tube was straightened and strengthened, after this we just had time for a quick swim before leaving at 10 AM for Gregory Downs and Normanton, via the Bourke and Wills Road-house.
The road out of Lawn Hill was just as rough as the road in, and we took 2 hours to do the 100 km to Gregory Downs, here we stopped for a sandwich and stubbie at noon at the pub before setting off for the Bourke and Wills road-house, this road was much better, the country around here was similar to the areas around Borroloola, then after about 50 km we came to the bitumen, we then ate up the distance to the Bourke and Wills road-house, arriving at 2.30. Here we added 21 litres to the Dyane and got, a drink and tried the local delicacy, a hot dog with mustard, onion, cheese and bacon, very good it was too.
Next stop was to be Normanton, up the top part of the Matilda Hwy about 200 km away, on a good fast bitumen road we got to Normanton about 5PM. Here we found some Raiders who had come directly from Escott and not via Lawn Hill, after setting up camp we had a swim in the pool at the van park before having a look around town.
Across the road from the van park was a "purple pub" this serves Aboriginals as well as whites, and it was here we had dinner, this was an enormous mixed grille of several meats and salad. After dinner, Paul said he thought he was getting the flu and went back to camp, I stayed on at the pub talking to some other Raiders and locals until about 10PM, then went back to camp and off to bed.

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