This Adventurous Age

Adventures travelling and working around Australia.


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2001 Travels September 21

FRIDAY 21 SEPTEMBER   HOME TO HAY   440kms

We completed the packing of Truck through the morning, and left home before midday.

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I presume that I am coming too?

I’d arranged for a neighbour to come in and feed the cats, and replenish the litter trays. The cats live inside most of the time, and it wouldn’t hurt them to be confined to quarters for the duration. One of them acted like he knew we were going off and leaving them – again – and he followed us closely all morning.

We travelled the McIvor Highway to Heathcote and then on to Echuca.

Ate our packed lunch as we went.

We had fine weather for the day, and it warmed up as we got further north.

From Echuca, struck north, through Deniliquin to Hay, which was the night’s destination. We did not stop in any of the towns to sightsee. The aim of the first two days was simply to get to the first place we planned to spend time at.

We spent the night in a cabin at the Hay Plains Caravan Park.

Tea was fish and chips – John went out again in Truck and bought these.

It was so good to be on the move again, albeit for a short time.

09-21-2001 to hay


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2000 Travels April 27

THURSDAY 27 APRIL   HEALESVILLE TO HAY   476kms

We managed an efficient pack up and departure.

It was a pleasant day for driving.

We travelled via Yarra Glen, Yea, Seymour, Tatura, Echuca, to Hay. In accordance with our general concept of leaving the exploration of parts closer to home until later years, the aim for the next few days was to get a reasonable distance northwards.

Truck was still blowing fuses! We stopped at an auto electrician in a little hamlet near Tatura. They were able to work on it immediately. John was impressed with their work, as he watched. It only took about an hour and cost us $29, with new globes too. The problem had been a rubbed wire shorting something. Pity Landrover missed that.

We took in some interestingly varied country today. From the forested ranges between Yarra Glen and Yea, through the dairying and crop country of the Goulburn Valley, to the extremely flat and somewhat boring areas north of Echuca.

We had a few stops to make coffee and to have our packed lunch.

Reached Hay late in the afternoon, feeling that was quite enough for one day.

At the Hay Plains Holiday Park, we were able to stay hitched up – for $13.50 for the night.

As dusk approached, we went for a walk across the Murrumbidgee River and around the town. That was enjoyable for an hour or so.

Tea was cold meats and a coleslaw that I’d made yesterday – it was alright to carry that through today’s quarantine areas.

John suddenly realized that, yesterday. he’d left some tools outside the unit, after doing the work in there, so he phoned K and left a message to retrieve same.

It was so good to be on the move again!

04-27-2000 to hay