Thursday 27th October 2011, Nyngan.
Half way between Bourke and Dubbo sees us at Nyngan. I have had my eye on this section of the map ever since we have been travelling because of the straight section of road from Bourke to Nyngan and then on to Dubbo. I have been wondering what is the difference with this section of road and the record long straight section on the Nullarbor Plains, and I have now found out. The section on the Nullarbor is about 140K long, but this road is about 200K, the difference is that this section of road, even though it looks like it on the map, is not a continuous straight section at all. The road constantly has ‘S bend’ dog leg bends all along the length of the road and afterward continues in the same direction, hence on the map it looks straight, but it is far from it. I wondered why there were so many bends in the road and was thinking things like: Maybe they did it deliberately to keep drivers alert, or maybe they built the road in sections from different ends and failed to meet in the middle so a dog leg from each section to make them meet, who knows, I at least now I have my answers.
We nearly didn’t get to see this section of road though as we missed the turn off at Bourke for Nyngan, the sign was behind a tree, and we ended up 20K or so on the Cobar road before realising, just as well we did otherwise we may have ended up going via Cobar and missing the straight road all together. This is what one gets for getting a little blasé with the use of the GPS and thinking one knows where he is going, oh well we did have a bit of a joy ride.