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.
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 🙂
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.