The city of Toowoomba, Queensland is located on a major highway into the interior from Brisbane, with heavy truck traffic right through the middle of town on the old main highway. For several years the government has been developing plans for a bypass highway to climb the escarpment by going around the city, and work has just recently commenced on this massive project. The bypass will not be far from Rob & Marge’s home, so we were able to observe the work and trace the process of cutting through the gum tree forest to build an 800 meter long viaduct and four-lane highway to climb the hill and get around the city. The entire project will be 41 km long and should be finished by the end of 2018.
Well, it's about time for another trip "Down Under". Sept 6 we leave for Australia and what Lorraine is billing as her "last trip home". This will be Dwain's fifth trip there to visit his in-laws and see that wonderfully beautiful and unique country. This is really our only big trip this year. An earlier trip in 2016 to Oregon was cut short by health problems. All that is well now and we are rarin' to go. We'll do our best to keep posting regular blogs and notes so you can enjoy our experiences and see the sights through Lorraine's photos.... full info