We stopped in and restocked on the way back through Ingham for some more of Lou’s Emporium Italian goodness. This time – being a respectable 10 o’clock on a Monday morning – I decided to try a coffee. Superb! Who would have thought the best coffee of the whole trip would be found in Ingham? After another shot we continued past more cane fields towards Townsville. (K – I bravely tried their “new line”, a Nutella Latte, which is basically a latte with a spoonful of Nutella mixed into the coffee before the milk is added. I was hesitant in ordering this, worried I might waste the best coffee of the trip and turn it into something wrong. Gladly I was worried about nothing and thinking ever of the Thornes back in Sorrento I sipped this very delicious brew and look forward to making it at home!)
This was an opportunity to make use the shopping opportunities afforded by a big city, which meant four hours shopping for shoes (if only the boys would stop growing), filling gas bottles, buying oil for the truck, etc; it felt like pulling teeth. We had decided to stay at a Seventh Day Adventist camp, which was low priced, but the caveat was the SDA mantra on arrival of ‘no drinking, no swearing, no smoking, no lots of things’ – I thought to myself that I must tell the kids to ease off a bit.
Townsville really is huge, at least the size of Darwin, and probably the biggest city we’ll see before Adelaide. One grizzly job I had to do here was to drop off a can of Coles diced tomatoes that contained a very chunky wine cork sized foreign body. This we had discovered a few nights earlier at Paronella Park – I am curious if Coles will have the courtesy to let me know what this very organic looking tidbit was.
No visit to Townsville is complete without a visit to Castle Rock, which offers majestic views over the city as well as over to Magnetic Island just off the coast. I was also able to catch up with a mate, Cam Weller, for steak and beer at a local pub.