SATURDAY 27 MARCH MARONG TO MILDURA 386kms
Today’s was a comfortable stage.
Refuelled at Wedderburn. Diesel was 97cpl – making it 7c a litre dearer than at home.
Along the way, John realized that he’d left the plastic diesel jerrycan at home – hence the “empty” space in back of Truck, where he couldn’t remember what normally travelled there.
We took a break at Ouyen, at the very pleasant travellers’ rest stop there. I took a photo of the Big Mallee Stump that had been made into a display. This was a very large root system of the Mallee eucalypt that is endemic to the region. These trees are not all that tall, have multiple trunks, but have these massive root systems beneath the ground. It was evident why it had been so hard to clear this land for farming – and why the stump-jump plough was invented to deal with the problem.
It did not seem all that long until we were approaching Red Cliffs and then the outskirts of Mildura, moving from the arid mallee scrub country to irrigated farm land.
We booked into the Desert City Caravan Park. It was quite pleasant and adequate, and central. After discount, $18.90 a night.
Although the Park was by the main highway, traffic noise was not an issue.
We unhitched, but did not do a major set up, as we did not intend to stay here more than a couple of nights.
Went off to have a quick look around the shops in the complex across the highway. John bought some sneakers – Colorado ones. Costly, but comfortable on his hard-to-suit feet.
We bought fish and chips, from the supposedly good Sweet Lips shop. Very greasy and definitely not to be recommended by us!
We’d changed mobile phones shortly before coming away, and were still learning its tricks – much more convoluted than our very basic old one. I sent son a message – just to surprise him that I could do so. Received a reply about teaching an old dog new tricks! Also messaged daughter and she replied about how surprised she was!