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ON THE CAPE YORK ROAD WITH NORTON JUDD & HIS DONKEY

22 Nov

There are moments on long road trips when your eyes seem to be playing tricks on you. Especially on the 1000km drive south to Cairns from the top of Cape York Peninsula.

You’re rattling over the corrugations, peering through the swirling red dust. A termite mound by the road-side looks briefly to be an elephant. A fallen tree branch seems to be the world’s biggest snake. In October 2011, we were heading down the Cape York road from Musgrave, eight straight days of driving and we were getting weary.

Up ahead, we see figures moving on the road. We slow down, expecting a stray cow, a giant wallaby, maybe just a dust devil. But as we get closer, we see a bloke and a donkey, walking south at a steady clip. We pulled up to say g’day to Norton Judd, and Esther the donkey.

Norton Judd with Esther & Phil Staley

Norton has been on the road a long time. He’s 71 now, and after a few years of retirement in Melbourne he decided to walk the Bicentennial Trail. He left Healesville in Victoria in June 2009, and walked to Cooktown FNQ. Along that 5000+ kilometre journey, he met Esther, a 10 year old jenny and decided she’s the ideal travelling companion.

Having reached Cooktown, Norton decided to go a “little bit further” to visit friends at Musgrave. We met him on his way back to Cooktown. Listen to Norton talk about his life on the road.
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Esther tries to get on the radio

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4 responses to “ON THE CAPE YORK ROAD WITH NORTON JUDD & HIS DONKEY

  1. Ian

    January 4, 2012 at 7:40 AM

    I would like to catchup with Mr Noton Judd I have not seen him for about 50 years, if anyone knows how to contact him please let me know you can call me on 0418 564174 or email: ian@juddy.net

    Ian Judd

     
    • rdontheroad

      January 4, 2012 at 11:51 AM

      Hi Ian

      We met Norton on the road in October. He told us he was heading for Cooktown and was likely to stay there over Xmas. I’m away in Sydney at the moment, but maybe you could call the Cooktown Local News on 07 4069 5785 and ask if they know where he is. That’s the local paper in Cooktown and they’re good folks there. Cheers Rd

       
  2. price of a stamp

    December 1, 2011 at 12:56 PM

    i love your blog, i have it in my rss reader and always like new things coming up from it.

     
    • rdontheroad

      December 1, 2011 at 7:01 PM

      I’m very glad you enjoy the blog.

      Cheers

       
 
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