This Adventurous Age

Adventures travelling and working around Australia.


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2003 Travels April 16

WEDNESDAY 16 APRIL     BATHURST

After breakfast, set out to have a quick look around Bathurst.

This involved, firstly, finding the bowls club, so John could check out games. He booked himself in for one this afternoon, so that limited sightseeing to the rest of the morning.

I picked up some material from the Information Centre.

Then we drove to the Mount Panorama Motor Racing Circuit. This well known track is on public roads, so we were able to drive around it, a couple of times. Truck is no speed machine, but, hey, it could dream for a little while!

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Our Truck on the Mt Panorama racing circuit

There were some  vantage points along the way that gave good outlooks over Bathurst and the surrounding country.

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Country around Bathurst

After early lunch at the van, John went off to bowls. He won, which really pleased him, as his opponent was one of the club’s  champions.

I walked around the park a couple of times, for some exercise.

There were lots of people with motor bikes in the park. Seemed like some sort of big get together, of mostly older riders. Some of them were members of the Vintage Club. They were obviously enjoying the contact and camaraderie and going out on assorted rides, each day.


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2003 Travels April 15

TUESDAY 15 APRIL   CANBERRA TO BATHURST   300kms

Got up at a reasonable time. Packing up did not take long, as we had not set up a full camp here.

Retraced our route as far as Yass, then took the road through Boorowa and Cowra. Stopped for a coffee break at Cowra and near there to buy some produce from a roadside farm stall – zucchini, squash and some very nice looking spinach.

It was a pleasant drive on a fine day that was not too cool, with some cloud in the sky.

Refuelled at the little township of Mandurama – $1.02cpl. John had been on the lookout for a servo in Cowra, but didn’t see one that was easy to pull into with the van on.

Just beyond Carcoar, took the side road to the Carcoar Dam, which turned out to be a pleasant spot to stop for lunch. From our vantage point could see a wind farm – towers on a nearby hill, about sixteen of them. It was pleasing to see clean energy generation happening.

As we travelled this way, were noting several interesting places for future visits. At this stage, with the current rig, we planned to concentrate on exploring the remote and northern parts of the country. When we can no longer cope with those areas, or need to do shorter trips, will explore closer to home, in areas such as we passed through today. So, we were “saving” those up!

That said, our present intention was a spend a few days at Bathurst, looking around that area, and at some of the Blue Mountains.

Booked into Easts Holiday Park, on the eastern edge of town – $19.80 a night, after Big 4 discount. It was a very nice park – large and clean. But there were some funny sites, with a tree in the middle of the site – this layout caused much confusion for new arrivals while we were there. We initially put the van on the wrong half of the site, and had to re-position it, with considerable difficulty, around a tree.

After setting up, with awning up and gear out, went for a short walk, mainly for the exercise. This took us up into a nearby housing estate. Then we went to Harvey Norman, which was across the road from the park, and browsed about in there for a while.

The later afternoon and evening turned really quite cold.

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2003 Travels April 14

MONDAY 14 APRIL     CANBERRA

Needed the alarm clock this morning, for an early start. Truck had to be at Land Rover at Woden by 9am. This meant negotiating the centre of Canberra in its rush hour. We managed!

Once Truck was delivered, we walked over to the Woden Shopping Centre.

Spent a couple of hours in Dick Smith, looking at the latest TV’s, cameras and computer gear. It was interesting to see how far the digital camera technology had come, in just a few years.

I bought a Kasey Chambers CD – Barricades and Brickwalls. Also bought a cheap pair of track pants – to wear on travel days. John bought some good shoe insoles, a couple of long sleeved light shirts, and two pairs of chino trousers, suitable for working in, where we were going.

Had lunch of bread rolls, then got a call to say Truck was ready. Cost $450.

We were back at the van by 2pm.

John napped. I put up the hems on his new trousers – sewing by hand, of course. Then made sure my share records were up to date.

It was now school holidays. This was evident in the clientele in the shops, and in the more busy caravan park.

This place really was quite grotty. The amenities were not cleaned yesterday – I wondered if there was a presumption that no one uses the showers or toilets on a Sunday? They were done this morning, but were quite dirty again by 3pm. However, they did get a bit of a clean up later.

John was able to connect up his computer, in the Park Office, and do a download. There was an email from one of the couples we’d worked with, last year. They had been working at the Barkly Roadhouse in NT, but were planning to move on to the Top End and then the Kimberley.

I was getting a lot of shooting pain and discomfort in my operated-on leg. Don’t think it liked the caravan seat and all the rather immobile travel in Truck. The ulcerated area did not seem to be doing a final heal, either, and was giving some pain again. Rather worrying, since it was almost two months since the operation.

Decided that I would be very pleased to leave this caravan park tomorrow.

We thought we would head first for Bathurst, mostly to check it out for future visits.