This Adventurous Age

Adventures travelling and working around Australia.

2003 Travels April 9

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WEDNESDAY 9 APRIL   YEA TO CANBERRA     590kms

It was a really cold morning. I could see my breath condensing – inside the van!

We were back on the road, without any glitches, by 8.30am. Breakfasted, and with lunches packed, and thermos of hot water prepared for our coffee breaks.

It was a somewhat tedious trip to Canberra. The route, most on the Hume Highway,  was not new to us. Though the remaining Victorian section, at least the towns – or turn offs to them – were relatively close together, to break up the farming country. But in NSW they became more spaced out, and it was mostly just low, rolling hills, and grazing country – mostly sheep.

We stopped for morning coffee break at Lake Mokoan rest stop, then for lunch at Holbrook.

I then drove the section from Holbrook, to Gundagai.

In Canberra, John wanted to stay on the Yass side of town – to avoid the morning city traffic when we left again. So we fetched up at the Canberra Carotel Caravan Park, at Watson  – a decidedly grotty caravan facility behind a big motel.  It was very basic, but they charged $19 a night!

There were about half a dozen more or less permanent dwellers, living in big buses, clustered in one section of the park.

Other tourists had packed into the line of powered sites furthest from “bus central”, occupying every site, but there were some empty sites closer to the buses, and we took one of those. In this place, it was a case of pay your money and find your own site!

We did not set up the awning, as it was to be a short stay.

John phoned daughter and arranged to go visit at 10am tomorrow. I phoned my daughter, to let her know we were away, at last.

It was a cold night again, but not as much as last night – rather surprisingly, as I always expect Canberra to be colder than other places, once summer is over.

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