TUESDAY 12 DECEMBER MORGAN TO SWAN HILL 485kms
We got up at 6am and were away at 7.
Today seemed slightly cooler than yesterday.
We paralleled the Murray River much of the way to Renmark. Occasionally we caught glimpses of the river down in its valley.
Refuelled at Renmark – $1.06cpl.
Eastbound traffic does not have to stop at the quarantine checkpoint near the Victorian border, but we still did not want to carry plant material from other areas into the fruit growing area along the Victorian Murray, so I had not stocked up.
Thus, we stopped at the shopping centre on the edge of Mildura where I bought bread for lunch, and some salad materials for tea. Also bought an Age newspaper – great to have one of these again!
We had decided to follow the Murray for a couple of days, rather than drive the more arid and hot route to Melbourne through the Mallee. So we headed off into NSW for a short time, then crossed the river back into Victoria at Robinvale, and from there along the river to Swan Hill.
Ate lunch as we went.
We lost more time today as we crossed the border back into Victoria.
The Swan Hill Caravan Park, beside the Murray, was very pleasant. It cost $20 for the night. We were able to stay hitched up.
John holed up in the van, being justifiably tired, and read, with the air-con going. I walked along the river bank to town and back.
In the late afternoon, we sat outside the van, watching the sunset being reflected in the river water – beautiful.
Tea was again cold chicken pieces and salad.