Gladstone

Thursday morning I got out of my tent in a short break of the rain. The night before I had about 50 mm rain fall, but my gear kept more or less dry, and the tent started only dripping at a seam near a velcro. I jumped on my bike and started a short ride along the coast next to the cliff, the view wasn’t that spectacular, and after a few minutes it started again to rain. So I searched for some shelter in a nearby cafe, which had definitely a nice garden, which I could look to while the rain was ongoing for additional two hours or so. After the coffee I wanted to do a walk through paper bark trees, but the complete track was flooded at least as deep as the knees due to all the rain of the last days. Well actually it’s rainy season here in Queensland.

So, I went back to my tent, get a small snack for lunch, and pitched down my tent after the rain stopped. Then I cycled to the town centre to return my bicycle. The way back to Miriam Vale was a bit of a problem, as the shuttle was pretty expensive with 75$. So I started hitchhiking, and apparently a lot of cars passed, but nobody was willing or couldn’t give me a lift. After less than 30 minutes I got a lift from Stefano back to Miriam Vale. We had a nice chat during the next 40 min. He’s originally from Italy but has an Australian wife and it’s own small business in Agnes Vale. He told me that a shuttle from Gladstone would cost 300$, which is ridiculous high. In the end I catched the train from Miriam Vale to Gladstone, where Clarke picked me up from the railway station and gave me a lift to his house, where his wife Aileen was already waiting for us. He’s also an electrician tradesman (as was Bob in Bundaberg) and is working in the largest coal fired power plant of Queensland, which consists of 6 steam turbines with a rated power of 280MW each, which makes a total power output of 1.68 GW.

Enjoying the view during a cup of coffee
The walk through the paper bark trees was flooded
My tent even stopped the erosion of the sand, and left an edge of about 3 cm behind
I was the only passenger which embarked the train in Miriam Vale
Some of the meadows for the cattle are flooded along the way north.
There was obviously the old railway track which followed the modern one more or less in parallel
View from the balcony to the airport of Gladstone, the small Bauxit refinery in the back and the large NRG power station with the three chimneys to the right.
My train ticket

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