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Monday, May 22, 2000
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

Today's Travel:
Country: Australia
Region: Queensland
Weather: Overcast

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 1138
Linear Dist: 217469
Countries Visited: 68
Regions Visited: 259
More stats...
Hotels: 382
Friends / Family: 293
Camping: 126
Hostels: 253
Transit: 70
Other Lodging: 13
Beers: 3997

Journal Entry:
When I woke up this morning I just couldn't make myself pack, so I ended up staying in Cairns another day. Spent the morning reading guide books and trying to come up with a plan for Queensland's north coast. Also spent a lot of time with the travel desk looking at various dive trips to the outer reef. Finally decided on one (3 nights / 4 days on the sailboat Rum Runner), it leaves twice a week, on Tuesday and Friday. Unfortunately tomorrow's departure is full so I have to wait until Friday. Back with the guide books I revised my plans to get me down as far as Townsville via Mission Beach, and then back to Cairns to go out on the cruise.

Spent a long afternoon on the net. Finished the new photo system - see Photos by Country (from the Country Index, for example here's Tanzania and Ethiopia). Back at the hostel the travel desk tells me tomorrow's dive cruise had a cancellation (told this morning that a cancellation was almost impossible) - I'm going! That saves me the 700 km of extra driving (down to Townsville and back). Spend a couple hours exploring the Night Market and the surrounding area, then go back to read.

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

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