Straight line fever

Sorry for blogging again so soon but it’s still a bit of a novelty. So today we must have picked the straightest roads in NSW. I know this is a well known phenomenon for travelers around Aus. I also know what we traversed today will likely pale into insignificance by the time we are back, but far out, how far can you drive without turning a corner? To make it even more fun, the vegetation, or rangelands type scrub, was so thick on either side of the road from Narromine to Bourke it was like driving in a tunnel.

The GPS was in fine form again today as well. When we got into Bourke we needed fuel, so endeavoured to solicit the nearest source of petroleum from the GPS ‘fuel’ function. No worries it said. Just proceed 137 km to Cobar (it may not have been Cobar but you catch my drift). Bourke it would seem has no food or lodgings or indeed anything other than ATMs, at least according to the technology.

Kidman caravan park is very nice. Although you’ll have to take my judgement with a grain of salt, it’s the third one I’ve stayed in.

And before I forget, Emma you’re the best. So good to pull in and just defrost one of those delicious pre-cooked dinners. You are also the Queen of organisations. A shame I thought not to have papadums with the tasty Rogan Josh. But even Amy new they were under the sink. Thanks for the telephone tip kiddo. Speaking of tips thanks also to Ewan for the tip on the GPS and dirt roads, and to Pete for which van park to choose in Bourke.

Finally I’m really looking forward to seeing Emma and the kids in Darwin. Oliver says the plane can fly as fast as it wants to get there becasue there is nowhere to hang the speed limit signs. How right you are young man.

An uneventful day!

So we’re here, we’re off, we’re on our way! Oh what an uneventful day. Unless you count…

The predeparture incident where Oliver ‘accidently’ clonked Emma in the chin with a padlock (see action photo below). He and Amy were both a little sad about Dad and Grandma being on their way and having seen the little padlock on the caravan towball Oliver wanted one of his own. So we gave him another one we had in the garage because it seemed that might help. But then we were taking a family photo and the padlock swung! Enough said of that incident.

So it was time to go and I casualy start reversing the van out of the driveway. Well I didn’t see the little red car coming did I. Good thing it saw me, though I don’t think the other dirver was too impressed having to wait. Neither was Emma when I hit the branch of a tree in the park opposite us

Oh well no damage done. Into drive and off we go. Emma and the kids were waving to us and we were busy calling out ‘see you in Darwin in 11 days time’ and waving furiously. Good thing Emma noticed the Anderson plug had fallen out and was dragging on the road. No harm done we’d only driven 15 meters. I’m sure we’ll get better at this.

First stop Booroowa. Time for lunch. Ummm what setting should the fridge be on? Frozen lettuce, tomatoes, chicken and almost even the cheese. That was ok cause I like a crunchy sandwich.

Cowra to Parkes and it’s hard to admit it but maybe Emma was right about the car GPS system. Kept trying to take us on dirt country roads. Got worse when we finally made it to Parkes. I was sure it would take us straight to Albert street, our chosen park for the night. We went round in circles for 10 or so minutes until arriving at the Parkes High School. Did I enter the correct address or is the system faulty? We gave up and stumbled across the smallest park in town. Not our chosen site but it’ll do!

Ps. On departure, the car was sparkling clean, including all the windows inside and out AND the towing mirrors (this comment is included for Ian, Emma’s dad).