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the daily banana

No Roost, No Roo, No Worries

12.03.2008

Not today mate

Brekkie on the pool side patio. Ahhhhhhh, the finest way to enjoy a banana, Tim Tams, juice & coffee. After loading up the car we departed Agnes Waters. Not soon down the road we encountered a nasty Outback surprise. Don't ask.

Australia

As mentioned previously, there have been quite a few things going on with the holidays approaching, the mixture of climates and other oddities going on. Sometimes it's hard to know if you are coming or going. I had a brief dream the night before that I was back home and this day it sort of felt like it on the drive up.

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Oh wait, never mind, road construction.

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It always feels like no matter where you travel, there is always road construction waiting for you. Of course it slows you down and delays things in general, but it also gives you a chance to stop and enjoy the finer things in life you might have missed otherwise.

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Soon enough we were back on our way North, passing through kilometers and kilometers on semi-boring scenery that repeated itself over and over again.

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Finally we reached Rockhampton, or Rocky as the locals call it.

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We were ready for lunch and had decided before entering the town to hit Red Rooster and see what it had to offer.

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Of course after walking inside and looking at the fast food joint's menu, we quickly walked out the door figuring we could do much better. Spying a fish & chips joint down the street we made our way in that direction. This place was no Skippers (and that was a good thing), but the prices were certainly a bargain and the food was delicious.

We resumed our journey and headed toward Emu Park, which is more of a city than a park. After many, many, many kilometers without seeing the coast, we were rewarded handsomely once reaching Emu Park. We drove down to an area with beach access and here are the signs I noticed.

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Hmmmmmmmm. Was it safe or was it not? The area was empty. Very empty.

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Well, we didn't have any swimming to do here, instead it was just a great place to check out the view before we made our way down the road a little further.

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Australia

A little further down the road was the town of Yeppoon, where we checked into the Driftwood Holiday Units. The place was far enough away from the main strip and the trip down to the beach was quick and confirmed we had a nice secluded area. With nothing scary on the beach or floating in the water, we stepped into the ocean and my oh my, was it warm and refreshing.

After returning to our unit, we kicked back for a while before heading out for dinner. We made a stop at the do-it-yourself car wash first, since it was getting hard to see out the windows from the amount of bugs that we encountered on the drive up. After washing the Toyota we headed into the main shopping strip of Yeppoon, and surveyed the available dining options. Pizza sounded good and most of the places were take away or Dominos. Not what we wanted, but then we spied an Italian place that was empty. Hmmmmmmmm, lucky for us or a sign that this place was not so good?

One great thing about restaurants here is ones that have signs displaying "BYO". Basically it means they don't serve alcohol and you can bring your own. Darn. The cooler wasn't in the car. Coke it was and I ordered up a loaded pizza (minus the anchovies). Overall, not a bad pizza, but it's almost like the Aussies fear "the sauce". By "the sauce" I mean anything tomato based. Not a bad pizza, but certainly not the best either.

We headed back for our place with the sun already down. I decided to head down to the beach in the dark to mess around with some long exposure photos. It was a little too dark and being on the beach in complete darkness without a good flashlight is a little creepy, so I also played around with a little flashing blue safety light I had. The view of the stars from the beach make it very memorable as well.

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