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Submitted: Friday, Jul 19, 2013 at 21:31
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Hi Everyone,
What a day, Took off in the mail plane at 0900 from Mount Isa. #1. Gregory Downs Station, #2 Lawn Hill Station, #3 Old Herbert Vale Station, #4 Bowthorn Station, #5 Hells Gate Roadhouse [lunch stop], #6 Burketown [refuelling], #7 Augustus Downs Station, #8 Wondoola Station, #9 Stradbroke Glencore Station, #10 Iffley Station [let down two passengers from Bega NSW to visit son working there], #11 Back to Mount Isa at 1630. a lot of country, and dry as a bone, only water was at Lawn Hill and Burketown. Off tomorrow to west and south into NT.

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Reply By: Allan B (Member, SunCoast) - Friday, Jul 19, 2013 at 21:34

Friday, Jul 19, 2013 at 21:34
Peter, these mail runs are great value whether by plane, truck or boat.
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Follow Up By: Member - Peter H1 (NSW) - Friday, Jul 19, 2013 at 21:54

Friday, Jul 19, 2013 at 21:54
Well its Friday and I did another mail run out of Mount Isa.

Left Mount Isa at 0850 and returned at 1300. #1 Barkly Downs Station, #2 Austral Downs Station NT, #3 Lake Nash Indigenous Town NT, #4 Lake Nash Station NT [7k away], #5 Headingly Station Qld, #6 Manners Creek Station NT [1k across border], #7 Tobermory Station NT, #8 Mount Isa.

#3 was the only one with a fully tarred runway, also has an AFL team that drives to Mount Isa every Saturday to play.

Distance covered today 350 NM = 1945 Km's
Yesterday covered 650 NM = 3611 Km's.

Cost on Thursday was $330.00
Cost Today Free.
Westwing Avation Mount Isa. [no connection] every Thurs and Fri.
I recomend it.
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Follow Up By: Member - Peter H1 (NSW) - Friday, Jul 19, 2013 at 21:57

Friday, Jul 19, 2013 at 21:57
I forgot Check out the route on my EOTrackMe Site.
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Follow Up By: Member - Rob D (NSW) - Friday, Jul 19, 2013 at 22:34

Friday, Jul 19, 2013 at 22:34
Your conversion rates do not appear to be valid.
650 NM = 1203.8 km

If you relax at a faster pace you can get more relaxation in for a given time.
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Reply By: Bob Y. - Qld - Saturday, Jul 20, 2013 at 10:29

Saturday, Jul 20, 2013 at 10:29
That would have been interesting, Peter.

To get to my first job in the NT, back in June, 1964, I travelled from Mt Isa to Alexandria, Alroy Downs, Cresswell Downs, Anthony Lagoon, Eva Downs and Rockhampton Downs, where I got off. There was one other passenger, and he was going to Tennant Creek. The "terminal" @ the Isa back then was a tin shed, about size of a double garage. Much different to the terminal that's there today.

Also worked at Headingly Station for a number of years. We upgraded the airstrip there in the mid-80's, with an elevating scraper and the station grader. Prior to that, whenever it rained the 'strip would fill with water, and become unserviceable for many days. Carted a lot of gravel from a nearby ridge, and built up the strip to provide almost all-weather capabilities.

While I'm "name-dropping" too, Peter, also managed Gregory Downs for 2 years in the late '80's, so your thread has been a real nostalgia trip for me .

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Bob.
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