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May the 4th Be With You

04 May 2019 | Mackay
Helen
Finished our load of laundry, which took a good amount of time to wash and dry. In all our sailing days since Jacksonville, the thing I missed the most was a washing machine. We watched some more tv and the day passed quickly. Our three nights in Airlie went by way too fast. Headed to bed before 11.
Woke up after 7. Took our time as we watched the morning news show as we had our breakfast. They kept saying, 'May the 4th be with you' for May 4th and Star Wars! Today was a huge Star Wars convention in Sydney. We showered and packed up everything. Loaded our bags in the car and dropped off our key. Mark said he rated this place as a 10! I had to agree. Drove south about a couple of hours today to Mackay. It's on east coast of Queensland. We stopped at a park which was right on the beach. We took a walk out to the ocean. The beach was full of drift wood and seaweed and no one around in that area. We could see some people further around the bay. We saw a couple of signs warning us about crocodiles. Thankfully, we did not see any as we walked the long path to the ocean. Mackay is quite a good sized commercial port. We drove around as Mark was interested in checking out the marina and having lunch there. They had a really nice big breakwater and we were able to drive along it. Lots of great sights out to the water. We could see many freighters out on the ocean, but none of the ships were at the dock. We walked around the edge of the marina where there were several shops and cafes. We found one cafe that advertised having pokeys. We almost had lunch there, but had second thoughts. Mark and I both took a few dollars from their pokey machines before selecting another cafe, Casu Jacks. Lunch was very good. Then we drove to our hotel and checked in. Except for our room being on the second floor with no elevator, it's actually very nice. We enjoyed a nap. Not sure why I was so tired. Caught up on the internet, including the jet that crashed into the St Johns river at NAS Jacksonville. I thought our air conditioner was making noise but it turned out to be a huge downpour. It's surprising to see rain after we had so many days in the outback with no rain. I don't think there is any of this rain heading in their direction. We have gotten so much more rain as we head south towards Sydney. I will post some pictures to Facebook. Thanks for the emails and messages. Good to hear from you. We plan to break up our drive to Bundaberg since we could not get tickets on the Lady Musgrove tour boat on Monday. We will make a stop in Yeppoon which is about half way.
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Vessel Name: Charabia
Vessel Make/Model: Fountaine Pajot / Athena
Hailing Port: Jacksonville, FL
Crew: Mark &Helen
About:
We are both computer folks that were live aboard cruisers back in the 90s. We settled in Jacksonville Florida after escaping the great white north and cruising the Bahamas, T&C, DR and points south down to Trinidad. [...]
Extra: Charabia is a French slang word for nonsense or gibberish. It derives from Arabic "sharab" which means alcohol.When you drink (too much) alcohol, you start talking Charabia. The original owners named her and Mark liked the name so it stuck.
Charabia's Photos - Main
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Nov 2017 trip south from Jacksonville
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Created 23 August 2018
Upgrades and maintenance to Charabia
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Created 27 June 2017
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Created 16 May 2015
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Created 15 May 2015
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Created 7 April 2015
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Created 4 April 2015
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Created 31 March 2015
Get the boat ready to cruise.
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Created 14 March 2015