This Adventurous Age

Adventures travelling and working around Australia.

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2003 Travels July 30


On reception again. The comparative rest was helpful – better than bed making, right now.

Mail plane day – received some drawings sent by son, done by 18 month old grand daughter. They would decorate inside the van, for a while.

I took a phone call from a very irate neighbour, the owner of Herbert Vale Station, south west of here. Over the past few weeks, the boss had told a few parties of travellers, who had asked, that the “back way” to Camooweal was ok to travel. It was a route marked on some maps. The bosses had been that way, last year. I had never been that way, so did not give any directions on that one, and it was not on my mud map. But the boss had said, when asked, to just follow the shire fence line and not go through any gates. Sounded easy!

But Mr Herbert Vale was truly cross, because he had been finding parties of lost travellers all over the property and camped at his bores, awaiting rescue. The boss wouldn’t take the call, so I talked to him and said I would pass on his message, which somewhat condensed and censored was  – that it was not a gazetted road, he did not like lost tourists, the track was not good, it was not a faster short cut to Camooweal, and there were lots of gates! I did my conciliatory best and promised to try to deter all future travellers from venturing onto his property.

Under the circumstances, I did not feel it was politic to tell him that WE were about to transit part of Herbert Vale ourselves, soon!

Resize of 08-03-2003 01 grevillea by Muswellbrook track

Resize of 08-03-2003 02 grevillea

Two photos of a local grevillea species

Later, the Head Ranger from the Park, promised to phone the man and square our travel with him.