03.11.2014 - 03.11.2014 30 °C
This lack of Daylight Saving means that we are getting woken up early and so it happened again this morning. Anyway that meant that we were organised fairly early and ready for ‘off’.
The road and traffic conditions were pretty good so we took the highway through Cunningham’s Gap for the steeeep descent from the Great Dividing Range. The weather was fine and there was very little breeze and most of that was a head wind.
We made a brief stop at Aratula for a brief leg stretch and continued on to Beaudesert to obtain groceries for home. Once again we had GPS issues as this Navman absolutely insisted that we had a speed limit of 60 KPH for most of the 20 or 30 Km from Boonah to Beaudesert, in spite of the fact that the actual signs said 90 or 100 KPH. At least the Navman did not have us driving through the Wyralong Dam as did the failed Garmin!!!
Topping up with some fresh meat and groceries and we managed to find home before lunch. Both pretty tired as the recent 40C had been rather draining. The unloading and cleaning took more than a day but we are back into the local swing of things again and I can actually have a swim after being seriously restricted from swimming since February with the various surgeries.
So, seven weeks on the road and what did we find the most interesting or important?
The War Memorial in Canberra was full of impact, the upper Murray River was very pretty, the Flinders Ranges again thrilled, the Lightning Ridge sights were very interesting indeed. The rather boring barrier Highway section was very tiring both with the heat and with the standard scenery that did not change a lot.
Sharing almost all this trip with good friends also made a great difference as we all got on well and enjoyed some similar and some different sights and experiences – but that is life!
Thank you to each and every one who has taken an interest in this journey that was largely a repetition of the Murray valley self-drive in 1964. I am not sure on which wooden bridge I experienced the massive electrical failure in 1964, but there were one or two that we saw on this latest journey that may have qualified.
Finally, an apology for not being able to upload any photos while on the road, however, this was in large part the result of Wi-fi difficulties with the laptop on which all our photos had to be stored. I have decided that, in a few days (we both have other urgent commitments this week) I will mostly use Mary’s photos for this rip as she has managed, with a small camera, to get some really nice shots.
Comments made privately, have highlighted the need for readers to communicate with us while on the road, so we will endeavour to remedy that in future trips.