After a couple of days in Yungaburra it was time to leave Qld and head to the NT. Given that I was travelling alone on a bike that is not really suited to off road work I decided that Highway 1 was not a good road to test my off road abilities on a road bike. I headed south via the Kennedy Development Road thinking that it was bitumen all the way to Mt Isa. Oh, well, thebest laid plans of mice and men. I found that there were patches of dirt reminiscent of the Stuart Highway in the lead up to sealing it! 81. Kennedy Development Road I did not do much in the way of touring on the way south although I did stop in at Millstream Falls which was an area used for rehabilitation and training during WWII. At any one time there were up to 100,000 troops accommodated at 160 sites across the Atherton Tablelands. Lucky me, on my first night back on the road a thunderstorm decided to make its presence felt. I saw it coming and thought that it would pass me by if I set up camp by the side of the road where I was. Camp all established with stiff breezes meant that I was not going to try with the tent. My swag was under a hootchie to keep any rain off so I did not have to huddle in an enclosed space in hod and humid weather. Good thing I did! It blew right over me! 82. My bed for the night I travelled on to Mt Isa turning right at Hughenden and camping at Barkly Homestead for the night. Day 68 on the road included a stop at Attack Creek where Stuart turned back from his 1860 expedition to cross Australia after a hostile encounter with Warumungu Aboriginal people. I’m not sure what happened but many of my photos for the next couple of days were out of focus. The downside of having a switch on the lens which allows you to manually focus. My apologies to the girls behind the bar at The Daly Waters Pub very few of my piccies turned out. I’m gonna have to come back and try again. 83. Daly Waters Pub with some of the locals. The pub had dirt floors last time I travelled through, I suspect that Occ health and safety might have had something to do with the new flooring. Bare concrete. Just remember to bring a pair of jocks (for you blokes) or a Bra (for the birds) to decorate the bar. Plenty of food and cold beer for all and sundry! The next day I travelled into Darwin bypassing the other tourist spots, Mataranka hot springs and Katherine Gorge on the way in. Arriving on Saturday afternoon, I set up camp with my son and his wife in Palmerston. Next morning they took me into Nighcliff Markets for a breakfast of Laksa, 84. Laksa for Brekkie I‘ve had a slack week only visiting one set of friends so far but have visited several shopping centres in the Palmerston region, none of which were of much interest. My next project is to get my bike serviced in preparation for the next part of my journey.