23.07.2009 - 02.08.2009
G'day Long Suffering Friends
Our first week on the road is now almost completed. We are currently based in Dirranbandi Queensland. A small hamlet of about 300 people, now probably famous as the location of "Cubby Station" (may also be spelled "Cubbie"). Look it up on Google if you haven't heard of it. I'll say no more.
We hit the road on Monday quite early, ready and raring to go. No drama and we were set up at EPIC by about 1100 hrs. Cold and very windy, it was good to get back into the van and turn the heater on.
I stayed in Canberra and discovered that our fairly new LCD TV was on the blink. Not a good start to the trip. Found someone who was able and prepared to take an urgent look at it. The down side was that the distributor of the TV had folded and therefore no warranty.
Wednesday I spent most of the morning photographing the memorials on ANZAC Avenue down from the War Memorial. Brisk ?? You could say that, I had to wear gloves to stop my hands from freezing.
Thursday picked up Jenny from the airport and dropped in on an old mate, Bert Hagel. Jen was very drained from the flight and the emotion of the funeral. Picked up the TV, all fixed and at a very reasonable price.
Friday we set of early again and towed the van to Dubbo. Didn't stop to look at anything much on the way as we've covered this part of the country previously. Checked into a quiet caravan park for the night. The weather had improved progressively along the way and we were quite comfortable.
Saturday, we're off to Lightning Ridge. This is all 'new' country for us. Flat, scrubby and very sparsely populated. The weather was great and we saw a number of large hawks, some road-kill and about a dozen Emus along the way. Disappointment at Lightening Ridge, for about the first time ever we picked a place at a time when there's a major event. No vacancies in the caravan parks and not even anywhere in town to park the rig. Back onto the highway and we headed North into Queensland. Arrived here in Dirranbandi about 1515 hrs and set up in the Caravan Park. It is rather small but very neat and reasonable. We decided to stay two nights.
Sunday and after a very short drive abound the town we've retired to the caravan and doing no more than necessary.
We hope this finds you as it leaves us, in good health and remember, if the thought of reading this boring stuff for the next three months isn't to your taste, just let me know and I'll drop you from "the list".