Another day in Paradise

We had a small taste of Mother Nature throwing a terrific tantrum yesterday afternoon as a very impressive storm rolled across Tibooburra. First the thunderheads rolled in with a mighty crash then the heavens opened and we got a real soaking. It certainly provided a great photo op for all of us, firstly from the road as we tried to catch the lightning then from the top verandah of the pub as the rains belted down. We all had our fingers crossed for a dry start for the next day when we went to bed last night.

Here it comes!!

Getting a lot closer - shooting from the main street of Tibooburra

The wind picked up and the rain came down

Our crossed fingers were wasted though as a massive storm front again roared through at about 4am leaving behind 1.5inches of rain and stranding our would-be travelers. All of the roads in and out of town are closed.

For our Dutch friends this was inconceivable. How do you close a road, and for whom is it closed, and why would you close it? Well, quite simply once the road surface deteriorates through weather to the point where driving on it will damage the road surface and cause possible problems for the vehicles it is closed until deemed dry enough to re-open. Anyone found driving on that road is then given hefty fine for each tire on the vehicle. They treat road closures seriously out here.

So another day of relaxation 🙂

The Tibooburra Hotel - home for the last 3 nights

We have however just found out that the road out has re-opened so fingers crossed again for no rain tonight and a clean departure tomorrow.

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11 Responses to Another day in Paradise

  1. Mother says:

    hope today was better. all the coast has had it rough except Bribie. Just wind, wind and more wind. Don’t know why I left Wellington. M&D.

  2. Tracey says:

    I don’t know what your talking about. It’s been sunshine and HOT here in Brisvegas for days and days. No rain, no storms and no winds.

  3. Murray says:

    Hope you got some great shots of the storm front. Looks great!

  4. Kelsey says:

    Aug I am soo jealous! That storm must have been awesome to watch and photograph. Hope you are back on the road soon.

  5. Tania says:

    It must be hard to be stranded in a pub 😉 but I bet it’ll be an eye opener for your mates!

  6. JudiN says:

    Maybe you should have gone in speed boats instead of motorcycles:)

  7. PeerK says:

    Too bad so much rain. Maybe if y’all make wheelies, it’ll half the fines for riding the closed roads?

  8. PeerK says:

    Too bad, so much rain. Maybe if y’all make wheelies, it’ll half the fines for riding the closed roads?

  9. Dean says:

    Love the pic of those clouds rolling in.

  10. Dougie says:

    Gives you time to get the tyres fixed properly before the next stretch! Loving the storm pictures, you just don’t get weather like that in Scotland. Our rain tends to sneak up behind you and just drizzle on you incessantly: rather less drama.

  11. Rossco says:

    Stranded at one of my favorite pubs.
    3 days would’ve just been a starter.
    Hey Dave get t beers in…

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