Raid Day 27, Thursday 24th September

Raid Day 27, Thursday 24th September

Just before dawn some locals drove a herd of cattle down the road past our camp-site, oh well, we were going to get up and pack early, so after breakfast and the by now familiar chores, we had breakfast and went to see the TREZKINN Cave.
This is a limestone cave, it is very fragile but it has wonderful mineral formations, the tour took a little over an hour, we then went to Balancing Rock, this is a large boulder standing on it's end amongst a lot of other rock formations.
We left Chillagoe about 10AM and drove out past the marble quarries on a very rough road heading for Mareeba, after we passed through Almarden, the road got better with only small patches of dirt, then at Petford about 60km from Mareeba we left the dirt behind and were on bitumen all the way to Mossman, the closer we got to Mareeba the greener the country became, after 3 weeks of looking at dry and dusty country it sure was good to see some rich green growth on the roadside, from Dimbulah to Mareeba we passed through a lot of avocado, mango and tobacco farms.
Just outside Mareeba, we came across the town cemetery, here the local Italian community had a series of above ground crypts, these were very ornate buildings about 4 metres square, some were occupied and some were empty. After a photo, we drove on into town here we got some lunch, excellent local pies, and bought some drinks for the end of Raid party to be held the next night at the Cape Kimberly Resort.
Paul and I had discussed what would happen when Raid finished, he was keen to go up to the top of Cape York and I was keen to get home to my family who I hadn't seen for a month, in Mareeba I bought a plane ticket for the Saturday afternoon flight to Sydney.
About 1PM we left for Mossman and after crossing the Great Dividing Range at Mt Molloy, we decended into Mossman about 2PM, here we missed the main Raid party on their parade through the town and a photo session by about 5 minutes, oh well you can't win them all, from Mossman we headed north about 35 km to the Daintree River and caught up with the main Raid group at the ferry.
After crossing the ferry it is only a short 10 km drive through rainforest to the Cape Kimberly Resort, this is a fabulous camp-site on lush lawns with tall trees and only 100 metres to the beach, we quickly set up camp and went for a swim. After a shower and change of clothes we went for a meal at the Daintree Tea House Restaurant.
A small place that a lot of rowdy Raiders filled to capacity, from a set menu I had Coral Trout, it was delicious, after the meal we talked about the plans for after Raid, then left about 10.30 for an early night as Paul had not completely shaken off the flu he had got in Normanton.

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