Day 13 – Camooweal
Something that always surprises me on this trip is how generous Australians are and none were more so than the folk in the little community of Camooweal.
Day 13 started of pretty crazy. we had a bit of down time so we decided to go and look around the town. The night before Matt had damaged his phone so a quick walk into Telstra was needed. I on the other hand was searching for some travelling music, Macklemore on repeat is great, but after 2500ks your wanting to hear something new. I got it sorted and purchased the new Paul Kelly CD something very different to what we had been listening to but it was great to listen to a story teller of a different kind. We then had a short drive, well short for outback standards. 258 km away was our next gig.
On the drive Josh got his first upset. A local cop sitting just outside of town was hiding. Josh is always the sensible driver and I can say that cause I don’t always fall into the same category. But with josh comfortably sitting on 57 in what he though was a 60 zone the unmistakable howl from the police sirens rang out. Josh, still confident he was doing the right thing. Was trying to figure out why on earth he would be doing a random breathe test at 3 o’clock on a Friday afternoon but what he failed to miss was the school zone signs he had just passed. So after a stern word and a bit if pleading from our end josh was send off 220 dollars poorer and 3 points worse off.
Camooweal was by far the smallest town we had been to so far on this journey, with only 310 people on a good day. There was the pub the servo and the corner store and besides from a couple of tin shacks that was about it. We really didn’t know how the show would go over in such a small place. But it went off.
We played late into the night.
At every show we always talk about the great work of the ACMF and hope to raise a bit of money for them. But on this night we didn’t need to even ask. As soon as the word got around about this great cause so did the hat and quickly an old Akubra full of coins and notes was placed in front of us. After later counting it the town had thrown in over $500 dollars. Not a bad effort at all for a town of only a bit over 300 people.
JAMES / JOSH / MATT.