Well we’ve made it back – almost. Not surprisingly we’re the last ones home.:-) We arrived in Warwick this afternoon after a great run with a tail wind from Moree.
We fought our way out of Wanaaring yesterday after watching the RFDS in their King Air arrive. The morning at Wanaaring dawned clear but by the time we were at the airfield the fog had rolled in. By midday the fog had developed into 500ft cloud. John in the Maule braved the low cloud and headed off in the direction of Bourke (100nm). 20 mins later the call came in – climb up above and come on top.
And we did! The view for the first 40 nm was a little unsettling with 80% cloud cover below and just a few breaks to the south. That all changed to broken cu’s and higher cloudbase as we neared Bourke – we were zipping along weaving between the cu’s!
After a super fast refuel at Bourke we headed to Walget only to divert to Lightning Ridge for the night after John saved us yet again with a call from the ground -no beds – you’re boold at the Black Opal Motel Lightning Ridge.
Lightning Ridge – tirned out to be a good place to stay the night. Good tar runway – if a bit uphill and cheap food at the Bowling Club – even wifi net access arounf the corner at the Bluey Motel.
June 4th dawned overcast with low cloud at 1100 ft but we were again rewarded with improving skies as we travelled towards the 100 nm to Moree.