CRESWICK REGIONAL PARK ► DAYLESFORD
BENDIGO ► ECHUCA
TOCUMWAL ► FINLEY ► JERILDERIE
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Friday 1st January 2010
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We slept really well in the cool night after the storm.
I was up early to clean up any wet camping gear and then pack up.
The tent campers hadn't stirred as we left.
It was a really pleasant drive to our next stop, Daylesford, where we were to have brunch with Judy's Argentine friends, Raquel and Julio.
Raquel was Judy's
roommate when she was doing her nurse's training at the
British Hospital in Buenos Aires in Argentina.
We found ourselves lost finding where Judy's friends were in Daylesford and ended up having fun, trying to turn the van and caravan around, on a rural road on the edge of town.
After a phone call to them, we soon found our way back and we were greeted as long lost friends.
They are really lovely people.
They treated us to lunch, an Italian style lunch, which was really tasty.
|Raquel||Lorena and Raquel||
Other family members
of Raquel and Julio
Before we left the Creswick
area, I had studied the Camps Australia book to see possibilities
for our next camping spot.
I hoped we could stay near the Murray River but there didn't seem to be many suitable overnight stops.
I decided to use the "suck it and see" approach but that meant maybe many hours till we stopped.
Therefore we had to get on the move.
Around midday we said our goodbyes to Raquel, Julio and their lovely family and friends and headed north again.
The sky had cleared while we were in Daylesford.
We headed towards Castlemaine chatting about the visit with Raquel and Julio.
I braked gently at some stage and wondered if it was my imagination or real - the caravan seemed to brake more on one side than the other.
The brakes were electric and controlled by a unit beside the steering wheel. All seemed normal there, so I pulled over to see if there was anything noticeable that may cause it to pull to one side.
Nothing seemed out of place.
It made me aware though, so I was careful when braking.
I wondered if one of the brake linings may have worn down.
It was time
to refuel when we arrived in Castlemaine.
I tested everything and we
headed over to the Service Station where we filled our water
bottles, filled the Daihatsu and bought ice creams.
We travelled along the Murray Valley Highway,
the sun set behind us.
It was dark when we passed through Strathmerton.
I was looking forward to seeing the intersection at the Goulburn Valley Highway.
When we did turn at the intersection we saw a Service Station, but it was very dimly lit, so we continued on and over what was supposed to be a high point of the trip, the crossing of the mighty Murray River.
It came and went in the darkness as we entered Tocumwal.
Judy was dozing and I only saw glimpses of lights reflecting in the water as I had to concentrate on the road ahead.
Tocumwal was asleep - no place for a drink etc - so we passed through.
It was New Years Day after all and late at night.
As we had no air conditioning in the Daihatsu, I noticed the air becoming very humid as we drove on into the night.
We passed through Finley, with lightning very active in the west towards Deniliquin.
Only half an hour or so to Jeriderie !!
I was definitely getting weary and Judy was asleep, so I made sure I was very aware.
There was very little traffic to contend with.
The storms to the west seemed to be closing in on us. I hoped we'd get a cool shower from them to help keep me alert.
Finally, we arrived out of the blackness, broken by lightning flashes, at the BP Roadhouse at Jerilderie, to bright green and white colours.
This was to be our overnight stop.
It had been a long day.
Awake since around 6.00am - 18hours
Around 6 hours driving.
It felt good though that we were well into NSW and a lot closer to home.
It was just after midnight when we turned into the Service Station.
The old Daihatsu pulling a caravan, is a lot slower than a sedan.
I pulled off to the perimeter of an area obviously used by truckies and went into the 24 hour restaurant and made enquiries about staying there overnight.
The console operator was really friendly and told us that would be no problems. He told us the showers were $2.00 and we took him up on that with delight.
He showed us where to park and asked if we needed a feed. We said we'd love one, so he said, go setup, have a shower and he'd see us after that for a feed.
It seemed surreal, sitting in bright lights at 1.00am eating Bacon & Eggs etc ( great food too ) , watching a large screen TV with 3 or 4 truckies at other tables and people intermittently buying drinks and paying for fuel.
We met a girl who told us she was towing a float with a horse in it to Deniliquin.
She came from Dalby in Queensland, where I had spent a couple of years.
She was concerned about the road south because of the storms.
We told her we hadn't passed through any, but they certainly were over near Deniliquin.
After we had our fill, we headed back towards the caravan, just as the rain started.
The lightning had petered out.
We saw the Dalby girl again. She said she had decided to keep going. We wished her well.
Our only problem was keeping the Honda Alternator dry, as it had to run all night to provide power for Judy's CPAP machine. (Sleep Apnoea)
Feeling very clean from our showers, plus the soft rain falling on the aluminium roof of the caravan, we were lulled off to sleep in the cool air, as the showers passed over us.
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