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Brisbane to Port Headland and Back in 18 days.

Barry and Lorraine Beattie have just returned from delivering a 5th wheeler to Terry and Chyrs Windust in Port Hedland, W.A.  It took 8 days of heavy driving by Baz with Lorraine struggling with him to have a toilet stop. 

We arrived 18th august at 12.05 p.m. being chastised by terry for being 5 minutes late!!!  The new owners were pleased and will be living on site for a couple of years in their new home and then travelling this great southern land of ours.  Both Lorraine and Baz would like to thank Terry and Chrys for their hospitality and a wonderful dinner and hope they enjoy their new home. 

While in Port Hedland we caught up with Murray and Debbie Pendle.  Those of you who came to our muster would remember “Muzza” as our Santa Clause at Kenilworth last year. We nearly did not recognize Debbie as she is on a health kick,  She now has flame red hair and a body nearly as good as Elle Mc Pherson!!!  Good on you Deb, keep up the good work.  Mind you, poor old Muzza has had to go back to work so that Debbie can have a new wardrobe for that slender body.  We enjoyed a lunch outing with them both and it was great to see them again.  Murray informed Baz that he has done over 90,000 klm with his 28 foot Southern Cross Ultimate Expedition 5th wheeler. He has been pulling it with a landcruiser ute.  Not bad for a rig not yet 3 years old.

On our way to W.A. The thing that amazed us on this 11,500 klm trip was the amount of 5th Wheelers we came across on the Highways. There is a good 5% in comparison to Caravans, it’s a bit of a shame that most of these were imports and not Australian made.  We did pass one of our southern cross 5th Wheelers between Katherine and Kununurra on the way up.

On the way back home, in Kununurra, we caught up with some old friends of ours, Ron and Trish Roberts, who used to show Arabian horses for us around 25 years ago. We also stayed overnight on the way home at the Daly Waters Pub.  The beef and barra feed was great and the entertainment by “Chilla” was hilarious. We suggest if you are heading that way call in and stay a night in the campground as you won't be disappointed. One of our next stops was to catch up with friends in Proserpine for a couple of hours and go on a fishing trip.

We had people wanting to look at the Windust's 5th wheeler every time we stopped on the way to Port Hedland, so it was good to see how much interest we created.

Both Lorraine, Baz and the Crew at Southern Cross are looking forward to catching up with those of you who can make it to our second muster in October.  See you there. 

 Lorraine and Barry.