The Doc has just arrived back from the 4 day heli tour of Cape York. Quite an experience. It will take a few days to sink in. Visited some very remote places, meet some interesting people and had a couple of wildlife moments, like the 14 foot croc and a swarm of thousands and thousands of metallic starlings flying in cloud formation at The Tip of Australia.
The GPS log of the rip below. Now starting to download 3,500 photos!
The Doc flys out to Cairns tomorrow, then onto Port Douglas on Sunday. On Monday morning he boards the helicopter for 4 days. Then he visits AWC’s Brooklyn Sanctuary, plus a few days driving around Cairns.
The 2 cyclones up north at the moment should mean lots of waterfalls
After 54,000km travelling over Australia The Doc has made a few more changes to the Nissan Patrol. These include:
- Replacing the Redarc Battery Management with a simple fully electronic system, the Intervolt EBI Pro. No more issues around power since the change. The Redarc is too smart for its own good.
- Installed a front diff guard from Superior Engineering.
- New steel side steps, from Opposite Lock. They give added protection against rocks.
Only a few changes after the initial build.
Back home getting some maintenance on the car and myself. Plus more preparation for the next 3 trips, Cape York, Flinders Island and then the Kimberley. They do take some planning, which is easier at home than on the road.
The Doc had a biopsy earlier in the week (3 actually) to find out about some lesions on his face and neck. He finds out next week whether they are more serious. EDIT: It turns out they are skin cancers, so The Doc needs to go under the knife.
The Adventure will continues in 2015, a 4 day helicopter trip around Cape York in February and then a few days around Cairns, including a visit to AWC’s Brooklyn Sanctuary.
Next a second trip to Flinders Island.
Then the big trip across to the The Kimberley for a few months.
Late in the year a month in New Zealand. The Adventures continues.
The Doc’ parents house overlooks Angels Beach, East Ballina. Here is a selection of sands from the beach, intermixed with algae, wind and wave action, rutile, footprints and even some surf scum. Take more notice next time you walk along a beach.
Over the last few days Lake Eyre is filling up again. Great report from Australian Wildlife Conservancy’s Kalamurina Sanctuary on the north edge of Lake Eyre, with pictures, click here.
This series has has sand, rutile, algae, surf scum, bark, clay, rain drops, lichens, basalt and clouds! The broadest group so far, enjoy, click here.
A vertical panorama of 3 shots. Click of the photo to see the correct size.
Just over 12 months since The Doc visited Easter Island. A quick recap.
Traditional Rapa Nui dress.