I had a HUGE day yesterday with lots of flying to clear the predicted weather and a trip down the coast to an unplanned stay in Rockhampton. I took off early from Cairns in pretty good conditions considering the cyclone sitting just 600kms off the coast, for the hour flight to Townsville.
In Townsville I was met by one of my special patients, Chantelle and her Mum BJ. Chantelle had arranged a lovely brunch for me with members of her family including her sister, brother in law and two nieces. We all had a wonderful time and it was great to catch up. Imagine my surprise when Chantelle presented me with one of her “Telle Awards”, I was really touched and honoured to receive such a special gift from such a special young lady. Thank you Chantelle, I shall treasure it always.
All too soon it was time to get back to the airport and take off for my three and a half hour stint to Rockhampton. Conditions were fair for the first hour and a half but the final two hours were spent in the clouds, so no pics unfortunately folks – nothing to see!
I know many of you have been concerned about my safely with the cyclone etc…but please be assured that I am 100% safe and that I have the best people working with me and supporting me with all decisions concerning the weather and my flight plan. I am in good spirits despite a bit of a head cold (which is why I haven’t done a video blog for a couple of days), so I was happy for a quick bite to eat and then straight to bed.
Today I am heading for the Sunshine Coast and Maroochydore!!! These unplanned stops will get me far from the cyclone. My need to move south has prevented a stop into Hervey Bay where I know Andrew Dower, Fraser Coast Tourism and Events had planned some great meetings with community and lovely accommodation at Kondari Hotel. I am sorry your good work won’t come to fruition, but will ensure I say hi if I ever get to your part of the world again.
Thanks everyone, appreciate your care and messages and support, more to come soon.