This newsletter should have been out a week earlier, and would have if I didn't spend weeks in the hospital.
Finally, the prices in the Destination Guide have been updated for this year, and below are also the other updates.
In This Issue:
• Main Road Open, Local Businesses Open
• Other Updates - Sealing
• Destination Guide Prices Updated
• Feedback Always Welcome
MAIN ROAD OPEN, LOCAL BUSINESSES OPEN
The main road up to the Tip has been open for a little while, and most of the creeks and waters are down. Now that the cyclone season is finished we can hope it stays so, there
should not be any bigger surprises or massive amounts of rain to close the road again.
Sorry that some wrong-doers have made this needing a mention: These newsletters are subject to the Law of Copyright - the only way to legally spread them is a link to this page or a proper Facebook share (cropping text and photos out of it to use them to build one's own Facebook post is ILLEGAL).
Some of this season's cyclones, such as Owen, Penny and Trevor, will all delay the track openings in the parts of the peninsula they affected, so some of the national parks and camping areas will also open later than last year.
Local businesses are also open and waiting for you to
come up. Punsand Bay and Loyalty Beach both opened in April, around Easter weekend - Anzac Day.
OTHER UPDATES - ON THE SEALING
And this one is about the sealing - because the previous newsletter needs a follow-up. It said that the PDR sealing now was out of funding - well, and as many people already know, there is a new $190 million package coming our way.
To look at it realistically and compare it to the previous, $215.5 million package that got 173km of the PDR done within five years - this package will probably still not be quite enough to finish the rest of the road to Weipa (PDR).
Reason being not only that there is more than 200km left to do, but also the two bridges - Archer and North Laura, which will take a junk of the funding that is already a smaller one than the last one was (and the last package sealed 173km).
DESTINATION GUIDE PRICES UPDATED
April is the month I do the yearly updates of all of the prices in the Destination Guide.
I cannot do it with the January updates, because most of the local Cape York businesses only decide on their prices for the year in the end of the wet season.
A lot of it I ended up doing while in the hospital (once I was getting better). Basically I have been in the bed for a lot of the April month, and only lucky that I started on the prices updates earlier than would have been needed.
The doctors think that I got a bacteria from the soil - a potentially deadly one that is found in some tropical countries including northern Australia, particularly during the wet season, and there are cases in the tropical north every year.
I was in the garden and within hours I started feeling pain in my ribs, and within a couple of days I had a lung filled with fluid and such pain just breathing that I ended up in the hospital for weeks.
I am explaining so that you can be aware if you are up here during the wet season, be aware of the wet
soil even though it is quite a rare one to get.
That was why this newsletter didn't get out a week earlier as it should have, I missed out some other work (such as making the long-promised outer island pages from the last year's trip - they will be done as soon as I can), and most importantly that the Destination Guide - I would have liked the prices finalised within the month of April as usual.
Anyway, they are done now - and they were the last updates to the Guide for this year - a great time to buy - there will be no more changes during 2019 :-)
If you already have the Guide (bought within the last two years), of course the updated version is included! Just give me an email and I will send you the latest
version (just be patient please if you don't get a quick reply - I will have some email to do, and I am not fully recovered yet, since getting home from the hospital).
Oh, and in case you have sent an email that I haven't replied to yet - my apologies - I will now get to it as well! :-)
FEEDBACK ALWAYS WELCOME
I really appreciate any kind of feedback on the Destination Guide.
Please let me know if you enjoyed it while planning before the trip, and while using the information once on the trip.
If you get any questions about anything, please feel welcome to contact me.
That's all for this time - happy planning, and happy travels to those on the road!!
Have a great day :-)
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