After the previous tough flying days, it was great to wake up to a day of few clouds, light wind & perfect blue sky. Our friend from Weipa SES, Trevor Snodgrass, dropped us off at the airport to enable us to get away early. Thanks also to Trevor’s wife, Pam, who looked after us & prepared sandwiches for the team for the day.
We got in the air by 9 am. The day was going to be hot so Paul helped me install my new spray system to cool me down (as I can’t regulate my body temperature). But unfortunately the system was leaking air & we didn’t have time to investigate it. This will have to be a job for a rest day (which never ends up to be a rest day). This meant I had to rely on old faithful – my pump-up spray bottle (my sweat in a bottle)!
Refueling at Normanton
We were initially planning to refuel at Kowanyama but we found out they were out of fuel. We checked alternatives & decided to land & refuel at Normanton & eat our lovely Pam-made sandwiches there. Normanton was 3 hours south of Weipa. By this stage, my bum was killing me. I felt relieved to get out of the cockpit!
On our flight to Normanton, we saw the most spectacular scenery that is so unique to the Australian outback. The shapes, colours, textures & patterns were like art! I really enjoy flying in the outback because the scenery changes & you never know what is around the corner. Also this part of the world is so remote. It’s natural beauty is unchanged by man.
Thanks Burketown State School!
Early in this trip, when I was flying up the east coast of Australia, I found out that the kids (grades 4-7) of Burketown State School were following me & our trip around Australia.
Their teacher had spoken to Linda as the kids were really keen to visit when I landed at the Burketown Airport. The students had written a letter to their principal to persuade him to allow them to come to the airfield & see me.
They all came down & gave me the most wonderful gifts – a poster, picture, letters… & some lovely chocolate biscuits that I will need to hide from the team (as they are all chocoholics)!
Meeting the Burketown State School kids & getting the chance to talk to them & be questioned by them so openly was one of the major highlights of my trip! Burketown State School is a small school of about 30 kids & about 11 from grades 4 to 7 were there to greet me. I really enjoyed showing them how I fly the plane. I was so thrilled that they’d come to see me!
Thanks so much to all the kids at Burketown State School, to their teacher & their principal!
I’m off now for a very early night. Tonight we are staying at Savannah Lodge which is lovely & a very welcoming place. Thanks to Amanda from Savannah Lodge for helping us out & working with us when our trip’s schedule changed.
Tomorrow I have to get up really early for the long flight to Gove so now its time to get some sleep.
Over & out,