Well today we picked up Daniel from Cardwell. We also did a bit of shopping to refresh some of the perishables as well as get some diesel. Now Cardwell is an interesting place as it is probably very pretty at high tide it is a mud hole and not very nice at all. We were advised not to use the jetty as itis covered in barnacles, and indeed this is correct, but let me give you another version, at low tide the mud is thick, and extends a long wayout. I actually did manage to land on the beach and then sunk up to my knees in mud. Not a majpr problem,. but I had 50m of this stuff to get to dry land. Just to make it even mofre fun there were rocks in the mud covered in oysters, so you can easily cut up your feet. then of course there is the ever present crocodile, which apparently really does frequent the area, so this was so much fun.
So the day evolved as follows. A great sail for an hour towards Cardwell, then the wind stopped, so as we had some urgency we motored for 30 minutes. We then lowered the dingy to first pick up the food so we motored towards the IGA and luckily this was close to the baot ramp. We learnt about the mud here, but this was just an introduction. We got all the food we wanted and took that back to Bush Spirit, and decided then to do a fuel run.
Well the servo we could see was the other side of the oyster infested jetty, so we approached that beach, with the tide now a bit lower. well that is when it all went wrong. As we rowed the boat as close as we could, we gave up and after getting out of the boat in ankle deep water and then promptly sinking up to my thigh, I said to Hilary that maybe it was not such a good idea afterall, and that I would go and fill only 20 litres of fuel up. She should stay with the dingy. So off I went slogging through the mud till finally I reached solid ground, and covered in mud. I went to the garage in that state as there was no tap to wash off, filled up my 2 diesel drums and discovered that one of the caps had broken on the drum., so then had to nurse it back through the mud (now I am 20kg heavier) without spilling it or worse getting water in the diesel. Never mind the crocs right now. All successfully completed we went back to Bush Spirit with the 20l and waited for Daniel who was arriving on the train.
Well, the train was only an hour late. Kind of good as they usually only guarantee the day it is arriving. So we motored to the jetty and was determined we weren’t oing to approach this joint in any other way, despite the barnacles. Anyway, we managed and all was good, and no great dramas, as the wind and current were such that they pulled the boat off the jetty anyway. It was just on top of the fact that the boat was anchored about 2km away from the jetty. There was absolutely no water in this bay, so this just added to the excitement to the whole experience.
Anyway, we took our other non broken fuel drums to the servo and found the railway station. The station was about 30m long so the train had to stop at the right spot so as Daniel could get off. He was the only one and nobody got on either. It was probably the highlight of the trip for the train driver. Daniel arrived and a spot of lunch and filling of the fuel cans up later, we were back on the jetty getting ready to set forth back to the boat. Well that was not without drama as the dingy was hard to retrieve, and we won’t go into why, then there were rather large waves to contend with to get ot Bush Spirit as the wind had picked up and it was very shallow. So with the three of us, all of Daniel’s gear, 20 litres of fuel and a few other things we very slowly made our way out to the boat. We all got wet, but we made it.
Then get me out of this place. The wind was directly on the nose, but I could not care, just get out of here. We did some pretty long tacks but we eventually back to garden Island where we started this morning. The fishing party that were on the island that warned us about the shark and croc were there to welcome us back. Nice to have friends.
So no pictures really of interest, but later I might be able to update it. I will also sort out the map later as well. We are off to Zoe bay tomorrow.
Allan and Hilary