Day 076, Saturday, 13 June 2009

Distance travelled – 56.2 km
Avg speed – 22.0 kph
Max speed – 42.5 kph

Babinda – Cairns

We were woken about 3.00am by a train going past – it sounded if it was just outside the door of our tent. The free camping areas we have used this week have been quite well set up with picnic tables, water, toilets and cold showers. The toilets are quiet clean especially at Rollingstone. These sites definitely attract the grey nomads and there is always someone interesting to talk to.

After we packed up camp we rode into Babinda’s main street and stopped at the bakery to buy some morning tea and lunch to carry with us.

We left Babinda at 10.30 for the 50km ride into Cairns. The road surface was mostly good but there were some sections with little or no shoulder.

As we approached Gordonvale we passed a very distinctive mountain known as Walsh’s Pyramid, (no photos but plenty of handle bar cam footage). We were to hear later that as we passed some back packers were getting into trouble on its slopes and one of them was rescued later in the evening by helicopter.

We arrived at the Coconut Holiday Resort around 1.30pm. This is to be our home and temporary office for the coming week.

Our cabin has "mood lighting" ;-)


Zoom into the map and use the 'Satellite' layer to see our new location.


A no longer open bike shop at Babinda

Main Street of Babinda

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