Day 79: Ingham to Cardwell - A happy ride around Australia (second attempt) - CycleBlaze

April 30, 2021

Day 79: Ingham to Cardwell

Start: 8:30am
Distance: 62kms
Ride time: 3:22hrs
Average: 18km/hr
Max: 57km/hr 
Finish: 2pm

It rained most of the night and had stopped by morning. 

I was very impressed with the food I got yesterday at JK's Delicatessen that I went back there this morning for breakfast. 

This is called their small breakfast.
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After breakfast I was looking in their shop for a snack for later in the day.

I spoke to John who helped me decide on 4 different cheeses (after tasting all of them), home made olives, and home made almond biscuits.

John was a jovial and friendly guy.
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Next to the shop was an alley way with some artwork and mosaics:

Italian women in the cane fields.
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Italian men in the cane fields.
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Crossing Herbert River.
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After a while I entered the Girringun National Park and began to climb the Dalrymple Gap. It's about 100 metres in elevation. 

The side road took me to a good lookout.
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Hinchinbrook Island is in the background with it's peaks covered in cloud.
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Hinchinbrook Island is a National Park and is the biggest island on the Great Barrier Reef. 

It had been an overcast morning and the sun came out while I was admiring the view so I put on sunscreen. 

This induced the weather gods to make it rain for an hour.

I was hoping to set a speed record going down the hill but it was an easier gradient and I could only get to 57kms/hr.

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Annie O'SheaMost cassowary are alright but stay away from their nest and babies
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Wiki says the Cassowary is the world's most dangerous bird. I hope I get to see one!

Today's road pic.
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I got several waves today. Maybe I got more because it was raining? Anyway, I'm happy to receive them all!

I made it to Cardwell and went to the information centre which also had a small museum of random things.

This is a wooden Olympics torch used for practice in 1956.
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The sunshine came out to greet me when I arrived in Cardwell. 

This is Bagu on the Foreshore. This was made by the local Girramay Traditional Owners.
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Annie O'Sheajust because you don't see the cross doesn't mean their not there so be careful
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There were a few crocodile warning signs along the beach. I looked for crocodiles but didn't see any.

A view of Hinchinbrook Island from the jetty.
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Looking back towards Cardwell.
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I checked into the Cardwell Beachcomber Tourist Park. 

$45! Only powered sites available.
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My afternoon snack from John.
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Last night my phone displayed the moisture warning again and it didn't go away. Very annoying!

This afternoon I made 5 phone calls to Jarrod from Precision Phone Repairs in 
Townsville. 

He was very generous with his time while he tried to trouble shoot a solution. Each phone call we became closer to fixing it.

After many unsuccessful attempts he suggested using some electrical cleaning solvent on the charging port.

I'll try this when I get to a bigger town.

Today's ride: 62 km (39 miles)
Total: 3,670 km (2,279 miles)

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Lednar De NallohI've heard if you get moisture in the phone put it in a bag with rice, maybe worth a try. It's a bit of a rip off when the caravan parks charge for the site, not individual and you pay as much as a couple.
Happy pedalling
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Vince McCarthyHi Lednar, thank you for the tip but my phone isn't wet at all. It just falsely displays the moisture warning symbol. I'll take it to a phone repair shop when I get to Cairns.

It's definitely a bit of a rip off what some caravan parks charge. I know when I go across the 'top end' things should get a lot cheaper so all is good.
Cheers
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