The generator running all night and high temperatures meant that we did not get much sleep. We were awake at 6.50am, packed up and away by 8.30. We thought this was good but 10 km later we crossed into Queensland and lost the half an hour.
The Plenty highway evolved into the Donohue Highway at some point, we suspect the border, but the condition did not change. It was not too rough, but the odd bull dust hole made sure that there was no idle scenery gazing. Overall this road was fine and not really a problem for any well set up traveller.
By 9.00am it was already 34 degrees so stopping was not really an option. Boulia was our first town after re-entering the sunshine state and it was even hotter. We did some shopping and contemplated staying but by now it was 41 deg so off towards Winton we went.
We have thought a lot about our direction from here. South to Bedourie and new roads and places or back to Winton via other new roads. Winton won out as south was going to be hot, dry and dusty. This is also the route we would probably take on another trip through the Simpson and Hay River track.
The highway to Winton was a lot more interesting than expected. Lots of wide plains but also hills and finally more trees!
We stopped for a quick ale in the Middleton Hotel. A beautiful old pub.
After a 600km day we arrived back in Winton to stay at the same park. Mick the owner was as cheerful as ever and put us in our own grassy section away from all the noise.
Tomorrow sees us returning down a bit of highway we have already done to Longreach. Then a bit further to Barcaldine and then either continuing on to Emerald or south to Blackall.
Time will tell.