Saturday 29th October 2011, Nyngan.
We have finally seen a decent rainfall for the first time since very early in the year roundabout when we left Melbourne to go north to Darwin. We did have a few spots while at Kakadu, but this was hardly worth mentioning. The problem with the rain last night was that it revealed a small leak around the front window, whether it is a result of the damage from hitting the Emu the other day, or from expansion and contraction from the heat we have had over the past months is a good question, I will be treating it as a result of the accident seeing that the leak is on the same side as the damage. I guess when we have the repairs done to the front of the van it shouldn’t be too hard for them to remove the front window and reinstall it with new sealant. We have been somewhat complaining about the heat we have endured of late, mainly because it has been so consistent for so long this year due to where we have been, but now after the rain it is extremely muggy and making it just that bit more intolerable, so we are now somewhat looking forward to getting closer to Melbourne to get some cooler temperatures.
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.
Tuesday 25th October 2011, Bourke.
We have started the NSW section of our journey with an incident on our way this morning. We have both commented since leaving Mount Isa on how much road kill there was on this trip, I guess it must be all the feed after the big wets last year, and we finally added our little bit to the count. An Emu was the culprit today after attempting to run across the road to join his mates after I obviously startled it on our arrival, trying to cross between the car and caravan he didn’t make it. The caravan suffered some damage but the extent will only be known when we arrive in Melbourne and follow up on repairs as it is mostly in the structure hidden under the surface. Hopefully we are still water proof and last until we do get to Melbourne. It has been eleven years now since we started travelling, and apart from a Kangaroo I hit near Cooktown in far north Queensland, it is the first of this kind of incident involving the caravan, so I now guess there is no Australian emblems left.
I am also quite impressed with this new VAST TV system that we have been using all year with a possible problem arising today with the change in time zones leaving Queensland and coming to NSW. It is possible to change the cards activation on-line but it all had to do with timing so we could watch Qld. times last night and NSW tonight. Knowing that the reactivation would not happen until the following day by manual means I filled out the on-line form and submitted it last night so when we arrived today all I had to do, hopefully, was to re-hit my card with another online request and Bingo, it all worked, now with NSW channels at their time zone, modern technology, amazing.
Monday 24th October 2011, Cunnamulla.
We have now moved on to Cunnamulla which will be our last stop in Queensland. We only intend stopping here overnight as we didn’t find any reason to stay very long last time we were here so we aren’t going to stay long this time. The main reason for even stopping here this time is because it would have been too far to go all the way to Bourke today, being over 400K so this stopover will break the trip in half, and Linda said it was too hot anyway.
Saturday 22nd October 2011, Charleville.
Linda has had a visit with a difference while here at Charleville with a cat, ‘Puddy’, belonging in the park somewhere, making itself at home most of the time. Signs in the amenities give everyone the warning to check their car and caravan before moving on as Puddy has a habit of stowing away and has found himself miles from home on several occasions. Linda is now getting a little reminder of what it was like to have cats before we left on our travels all those years ago. We find Puddy asleep on Linda’s chair each morning, and hangs around for a while, and does things like tries to share the spoils of his food catches of an evening by bringing it in and dropping it at ones feet for a while before going back to feeding.