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Toowoomba to the Gold Coast

Leaving the icy weather for just cold weather

sunny 9 °C

Fri 17 June Toowoomba to Helensvale (Gold Coast)
Woke early and it was bitterly cold, about 3 degrees! Went back to bed!
Went in the house and had coffee when Elise arrived.  Jim took the boys to the park.
We had a late breakfast - I had WAFFLES
I think the cold weather is demotivating. We really couldn't get our butts in gear until late morning.
We ended up heading out at 1pm and may I say, if I didn't the other day, Jim did an amazing job at getting our van into the small front yard without incident. He repeated this feat in the reverse order today. Again, most impressive.
Going down the range out of Toowoomba was a bit hairy. The road is steep and winding with semis in low gear in the left lane and roadworks!
More roadworks! Looks like they'll have more lanes soon and it can't be soon enough for a major artery from Toowoomba east linking up with the motorway to Brisbane and south.
Saw the Big Orange (pic) before Plainsland, which in the scheme of all things BIG so far, wasn't all that impressive, then we saw a big orange/red elephant! 
As we reached the Welcome to Ipswich on the opposite side of the road we passed the Sundowner Saloon. It looked like Mexican Cantina with a giant bottle of rum out the front! - no other buildings around, just off the side of the Warrego Hwy.
Then we fed into the motorway (M2) and after missing our exit we has to take two other motorways (M7 & M5) just to get back on track. So much for visiting Jim's brother on the way in. Too crazy just to get off again and it was getting too close to peak hour traffic since we'd been held up with roadworks on the way.
So we headed straight for the Gold Coast Holiday Park in Helensvale. We finally arrive about 4pm. So much for 2hrs from Toowoomba!
We set up in the site next to the one we had last time. This time we put up the front awning as well. We haven't done that the last few times to save time on packing up and there was no space on Lesley's front lawn!
By 6pm we were sitting down for a coffee and then we took the boys for a walk. They've been so good.
We had burgers for dinner. Jim cooked the patties on the BBQ and toasted his buns - no pun intended! Whilst I got the salad makings ready and I toasted the gluten free burger buns with linseed and pepitas we bought in Toowoomba. So yummy. Even added the Jim Beam mustard.
After dinner we watched The Green Hornet with Seth Rogan. Lots of car chases and silly humour. A fun movie.
It's now 10.30pm and I am going to retire whilst Jim is catching up on Facebook. See you tomorrow. 
Glad to have power back. Not as cold as Toowoomba but we did put the heater on late in the evening to take the chill off.

Posted by Jimandtina 05:37 Archived in Australia

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