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September 12, 2006 08:31 AM

Tropical Queensland - Cairns

CAIRNS, AUSTRALIA - So we ended up renting a car for the portion of the trip that they'd allow: The civilized stretch. It took a full three days; including party stops to drive up the coast and back into the tropics.

I'd have posted photos if I hadn't spent most of the drive suffering the agony that goes along with the realization that I'd lost my camera for the second time on the same trip. Fortunately it was a false alarm I found it in my shoe, of all places, upon arrival.

Tomorrows plan is to head out on a day-trip to the town of Port Douglas. Some of you may have heard it in the news recently as Steve Irwin was killed last week while diving nearby.

We'll be needing a little bit of luck to get us kick-started on the next leg of the leg of this trip. Darwin is still very far away on the other side of a vast and barren chunk of land. If everything goes well, we'll be delivering a camper-van to Darwin (free of charge) in the next few days. If this scam doesn't work, I'm not sure what we'll do. We'll tackle that hurdle when we get there.

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