Another round of emotional werewolves and here we are, our next stop, Mungindi.
The border between NSW and Queensland split the town in half, fearing Queensland we stayed in NSW. Lucky for us, the town centre was in NSW, and daylight savings is not during July, because how weird would it be if we had 2 different time zones.
As we entered Mungindi Memorial Hall, not only were we greeted by warm locals, but also a nicely heated hall with an exciting prospect of mattresses. The smell of dinner wafted through the hall as we settled in, unpacking bags and lining up for a much needed bathroom stop. The food was in fact amazing and they catered for all (Carnivores to Vegans) and sat down with us to chat while we were eating. The locals even provided dessert of apple crumble with custard, a nice treat for the hard work we had completed that day.
The activities for the night were going to be very physical, an Olympics of sorts between the bus groups and the crew. To start we had to create a “country” flag and anthem. We heard some very clever anthems from the different teams, Mareil, a combination of Maree and Neil’s names, whose flag sported a kitty dragon, Republic of Bacon, whose anthem mostly comprised of the word “sizzle” Charming Cobras, who had a tribal snake, the Bloody Horns who seemed to have a serious problem with their crew member JP leaving them and the crew team who for some reason could not stop saying ‘Foot’ and so accurately called themselves the Foot Messiahs.
Time for the challenges to begin, there were a variety of challenges including many intimate ones that challenged our sense of personal space versus our competitive streaks. Neck ball proved to be one of the most fun activities of the night, where the uncomfortable task of holding a ball with your neck was combined with getting extremely close to team members. As per usual, the crew were up to their antics and trying to sabotage all the teams.
The next morning we woke bright and early ready to get started on our service projects for the town. We were initially split into 5 groups to be spread throughout the town. At the Showground the group worked hard on dusting and cleaning the exhibition shed in preparation for the next show. Those working at the School Library found themselves contacting books while the group at the Home and Community Care Centre moved and adjusted furniture. The group at the nursing home were treated to a softdrink with Jack once they had completed their gardening work of pruning and mowing. Those at the Technology Centre also found themselves cleaning, although they had an unfortunate run in with a cloud of moths. Once we had finished up in those areas we worked on cleaning the memorial hall where we had been staying and it was then time to move on.
We made a “quick” pit stop at Goondiwindi, where we got to hunt for our own food (Not literally) and just before we left, we all shared paddle pop sticks in honour of Becky’s birthday. Now we were ready to set off to our next town.
The Sleeping buddies
Em and Becca