Wednesday 8th, (Albury).

I am quite surprised that it has been so long since I have added something to the Memoirs, I must prompt myself to sit myself in front of the PC almost every night because I have a tendency to forget some of the fine details of what we have done.

We are now at Albury and have been here since yesterday. We had an experience with a caravan park on arrival at Albury that has prompted me to not only not recommend this particular park but also deter people from staying there. We had decided to stay at a park near Lake Hume because we have to meet Narrelle and Matt near there on Saturday, so to make sure I rang up this park on Wednesday to confirm that they would have space for 6 days and the answer was “yes, plenty of room, just front up and pick your spot and we will take it from there”. Upon arrival we were directed to a section within the park to pick a spot only to find that all spots were on slopes and, or there was a lack of room for me to manoeuvre the caravan into them. There were two spots that we would have been happy with so we returned to the office to book in. “How many days are we looking at?” was the question, “six nights” was the answer. “I’m sorry those two spots are booked from Friday so you will have to pick another”, “I don’t want any other spot”, “well you will have to go elsewhere”, so we did. We ended up at a Big 4 park that we would have normally picked anyway.

Before we left Yarra we did go to Corowa to check out the market. Expecting some thing like the Evandale market at home, which is quite large held on several acres, we were quite surprised to find that this market was no bigger than the average garage sale I have seen back home, but all was not wasted, we had a look around and on the way home we stumbled on the Bundy Cutter Championship. This was a contest of racing ride on lawn mowers held in the back yard of the pub at Bundalong. This turned out to be a very entertaining few hours with the comical aspect of how some people had modified their machines. One of the rules was that at some stage the machines had to be capable of mowing grass, this looked a mere impossibility for some of those Cutters.

We had a ride on a ferry around the lake, which was relaxing, they provided a bar-b-cue lunch, which was very nice, and the whole 1 ½ hour trip plus meal was only $15.00 per head.

Thursday 9th November, 16 more sleeps, (Albury).

Brakes have been fixed and I am happy now that they are working almost as they should, a couple of days when they bed in should tell. I will feel a little more relaxed towing the caravan from now on.

We had a trip around Lake Hume today and around the area that Matts parents live, which will give me an idea where we will be going on Saturday. The dam across the river, which forms the lake, is rather impressive.

WE visited the Ettamogah Pub today and were disappointed in the appearance of the building. I visited the pub a couple of years ago and can’t remember having this feeling then. It has the appearance of a brand new building in the shape that everybody expects. Although it resembled what I saw before it just looked too new.

Having the brakes on the car looked at tomorrow at a Ford dealer just up the road, because I really have not been happy with them ever since I had new discs and pads fitted last year. The ABS doesn’t seem to work properly, I’m not making excuses for running into that car before we left the state but it certainly could have had something to do with it. The mechanic who looked at it agreed that I should replace the pads with genuine replacements because he has experienced the same problems before, but the discs, which I would be quite happy for them to replace as well if it would fix the problem, he said would be ok after they are machined. So I will take it in tomorrow and we will see what happens.

I will certainly feel a lot happier towing the caravan if I can improve the brakes to what they were before, even though they do work sufficiently now.

A catastrophe the other day when it appears that I have lost all my photos for the time period from Geelong and arriving at Cobram. I hate to admit it but everything I had saved, photos that is, on the CD disappeared into software heaven and I haven’t been able to access them since. I have kept the disc on the hope that someone some day might find a way to access them. In the meantime I decided to read the instructions to operate the CD writer and have decided that I was using it incorrectly. This is unfortunately a fault of mine, when it fails read the instructions.