At 7:45 on Sunday morning we were all packed up and ready to leave. Gecko had moved in to look after the house and just before we left our good neighbor RobRoy had us pose for a parting photo. It was a fine and sunny morning and contrasted quite sharply to our departure in 2010 when it was wet and dismal. Being Chinese New Year we hope that the way the year started will auger well for the balance of the year.
Our trip proceeded without incident as we moved down the highway to the Gateway Motorway and thence to the Ipswich motorway where we turned off for Toowoomba. Our smoko break was at the Big Orange at Crowley Vale and then we moved on up the Toowoomba range and out to Millmerran where we stopped for lunch.
There are some quite impressive murals at Millmerran and one of these adorns the reservoir at the caravan stop just out of town. The only thing lacking at this stop is a toilet. We moved on to Goondiwindi for the first night of our trip.
Monday morning saw us up bright and early as we would loose an hour (daylight saving) as soon as we crossed the bridge over the McIntyre into New South Wales. On Sunday evening I reduced the pressure in the air bags on the truck to reduce the bouncing of caravan and truck and the feelings of insecurity that went with the movement. Today the traveling was much better helped along by improvements in the road surface as we traveled further south away from the black soil plains.
Lunch was had at Coonabarabran alongside a local park, complete with gaggle of geese and a local thunderstorm that gave us enough time to eat our sandwiches before bucketing on the town – nowhere else – just the town.
Leaving Coonabarabran the weather cleared quite quickly and it was very apparent that the storm was truly local as
just out of town on the Newell Highway the road was not even damp. There were other storms around but no more rain fell until we reached Dubbo where we experienced further showers.
We are camped at Dubbo for the night and will move on to Albury/Wodonga tomorrow morning.