THURSDAY 10 MARCH HOME TO GRIFFITH 465kms
After a few days of relatively calm and methodical packing – albeit with some last minute packing by John – we left home at 9.30am.
Our new housesitters, L and R, had visited us yesterday, to be briefed. They seemed very keen to meet our expectations and I felt good about them. They assured us that one of them would always be home at night with Spook cat – which was above and beyond what we were asking – and they would take care of his special food needs. He had just been diagnosed as diabetic, to complicate matters. They seemed anxious to get into garden upkeep!
Spook seemed sulky and withdrawn – I think he knew we were off again. It was sad saying goodbye to him, not being sure we would see him again.
It was a routine trip north over ground much covered before. Yarra Glen, Yea, Seymour. There was the usual stop at Nagambie to buy sinful food at the bakery for John, which he ate sitting by the lake – great place for a stop.
At Tocumwal, we took a break and walked along the Murray River bank.
We did not eat the lunch rolls I had made at home, at lunchtime, due to the effects of the earlier bakery stop!
Refuelled at Jerilderie – $1.14cpl.
Reached Griffith about 5pm.
We took an en suite site at the Griffith Tourist Park for $24 per night. Just felt like a bit more luxury than usual. Got chatting to the park owner, as one does, and he was interested to find out where we were going. He was keen to hear about Pungalina, as he went fishing in the Gulf region, regularly. I fished out a few of our brochures for him.
After basic set up, we walked to an area of shops, and Woolworths. I wanted to buy some grapefruit for breakfasts – we could not bring any with us, due to quarantine rules. Also had to buy toothbrush and toothpaste for John, who had realized he’d forgotten to pack any.
John was wearing thongs and did not manage the quite long walk very well.
Tea was the neglected lunch rolls, and defrosted chicken pieces I’d previously cooked.