Stats July 2020

Total Days Travelled 31 (546)

Total km for the month 1,437 (23,995)
Most km in a day 270 (298)
Average Daily Km 46 (43)
Monthly Budget $2,000 ($37,500)
Monthly Spend $2,604 ($37,568)
Accommodation Nights 31 (546)
Family/Friends 0 (222)
Low/No cost 4 (181)
National Parks 0 (4)
Caravan Parks 27 (74)
Showgrounds 0 (28)
Station Stays 0 (1)
Pub Stays 0 (13)
Motel 0 (2)
House Sit 0 (21)

Books Read 5 (77)

Not For The Faint Hearted by Margaret Finger

I picked this local history book up from the Clermont Historical Museum. It tells the story of Eliza Faint, a true pioneer woman born on a remote cattle property in the Central Queensland bush in 1887. From letters written by Eliza, the author has kept the raw, as it was said truth, in her storytelling. I enjoy reading these localised firsthand accounts of the rugged and harsh life that was the lot of our early pioneers.

20th Victim by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro

Another brilliant novel from the James Patterson stable. He never disappoints.

Looking Back by RF Giles

Another one I picked up at Clermont Historical Museum. I love these personal stories. To hear of the different places that the writer has lived and talks about brings it more to life when I too have been to that same place or area. There is no sugar-coating these individuals stories and that is what makes them so readable.

No Safe Place by Matt Hilton

A great murder mystery. Intriguing plot lines and action packed from start to finish. There are so many good authors out there and Hilton is a good one. A former Policeman, he gives the reader value for money.

Minding My Business by Douglas R Barrie

The history of Bemerside and The Lower Herbert River District of Queensland was an interesting read. Last year I was looking for somewhere to camp late afternoon one day so I pulled up at the Seymour Hotel in Benerside, 12km on the coastal side of Ingham. There were no patrons in the bar and I asked if I had a couple of beers could I park out the front overnight. “No problems” said the publican and so I ordered a beer and began what was to become a fantastic night with informative conversation with Sue and Dou Barrie. They had purchased the pub back in the late ’80’s on a 5 year plan and here they still were 30 plus years later. They had moved down from Batchelor NT where Doug had written a couple of books on local history. They told mne some great stories so I brought this book. I arrived at the pub about 4pm and retired to my bus about 8pm and in all that time no one came into the pub for a drink apart from a couple of customers to just buy takeaways. The pub has survived many a flood since it was first built in 1903 and rebuilt again in 1929 after being destroyed by fire.

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