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July 14th, 2002

s. of Proserpine to Bowen, QLD
101 km (62.6 mi)

Mira and I didn't leave until about 9:00am. A nice couple named Mike and Val offered us a place to stay in Bowen. Mira and I split up at Proserpine since he was going to Airlie Beach. I wasn't going there since I wanted to get farther north...kinda worried about getting through the desert out west before Spring (and the heat) hits. We had stopped at the visitor center and Mira was booking a snorkeling trip on the Great Barrier Reef. It was kinda funny. The guy at the desk was booking the trip on the phone for Mira. He said, "Just a sec and let me ask him....Hey, tommorow there are going to be 100 American students on the boat...is that ok?". Mira said "uh, how about the day after then", kinda chuckling and hoping I wasn't offended. He had a nice imitation of two American girls screaming and saying "OH MY GOD!"

I stopped in Proserpine and had some Quiche. Riding the road through the town, I assumed it would go back to the highway like in most towns...but no, after about 3k a sign said "no through road to Bowen".

It was nice knowing I had a place to stay, since I had to spend the next four hours riding through a headwind. Upon reaching Bowen, I came to "The Big Mango". Australia has a lot of these "Big" things...an older couple is actually writing a tour guide to them.. So far I had only seen the Big Merino and the Big Seashell. (I forgot to see the Big Banana in Coffs Harbor, dang).

Bowen is a nice town of about 8,000 people. Mike showed me around town. "There is the yacht club, out there is Horseshoe Bay, hey there is the mayor (washing his car even)". There are murals all over town, just like Sheffield, Tasmania.


 

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s of Proserpine, QLD

the bleached pea and budget blue colors were much more striking in person

s of Proserpine, QLD



s of Proserpine, QLD



s of Proserpine, QLD



s of Proserpine, QLD

sugar refinery

Proserpine, QLD



Proserpine, QLD



Proserpine, QLD




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