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Thursday, May 18, 2000
Charters Towers to Cairns, QLD, Australia
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Cairns, QLD, Australia:
Latitude: 16° 55' 21" South
Longitude: 145° 46' 43" East
Altitude: 5 feet
From Seattle: 7914 miles
Lodging: Hotel - International Hostel

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Today's Travel:
Country: Australia
Region: Queensland
Route: Car: Flinders Highway (A78), Bruce Highway (A1)
Start: Charters Towers
Stop 1. Townsville
End:Cairns, QLD, Australia
Road Miles:326 miles
Linear:267 miles
Weather: Overcast

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 1134
Miles Driven:184427
Linear Dist: 217513
Countries Visited: 68
Regions Visited: 259
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Hotels: 378
Friends / Family: 293
Camping: 126
Hostels: 253
Transit: 70
Other Lodging: 13
Beers: 3987
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Journal Entry:
Another long driving day. At least today there was some different scenery. Had a long bit of flat marshland leading to some mountains - or at least big hills (the Great Dividing Range). Once I reached the east coast at Townsville I turned north (back on Highway 1 again) towards Cairns. The drive north was through alternating fields of sugar cane and bananas with occasional glimpses of the Pacific. My triumphant return to the beach and sun was marred by the weather - there was no sun. In fact from Charters towers until I got to Townsville it was overcast, and as I headed north it got darker and darker and the occasional drizzle got more and more frequent. In Cairns I quickly found a hostel (there are enough of them!). I called a doctor to make an appointment to look at my ears tomorrow (I've been having trouble with repetitive dives over multiple days for a few years and I want to find out what the problem is before I book a many day dive trip on the reef). Spent the evening doing laundry (which desperately needed doing). After the included dinner at the adjacent pub I sat around reading over a few beers.


Related Sites:
CNN: Current Weather in Cairns
US State Department Consular Information Sheets: Australia
CIA World Fact Book: Australia

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