Day 1 of the trip.
Lucky I wasn’t 12 hours earlier as there was some fairly serious flooding (about 3 feet deep) over a section of the road I was using. it had drained off the road by the time I arrived.
Wow that was a big day, nearly 1700 km (a bit over 1000 miles) in about 18 hours, had to have a few wake up stops to keep going, I was forced into this because the town I had chosen to overnight in was booked out, that’s 5 motels and a caravan park (trailer park), due to some major expansion at a local mine so I had to go on another 300 miles!!
It was dark for the first 6 hours while I was still in Queensland, again I was delayed for about an hour which put me right into Kangaroo country just before and during dawn, this is the hour that they choose to commit suicide in large numbers.
I had only seen 3 or 4 up until then but there were dozens around by dawns light, mainly smallish, stand about 3 foot high, but also 3 or 4 big ones, about 5 feet high, that would have done serious damage to my Subaru, fortunately I didn’t hit any of them, I have never hit a kangaroo or any other native animal, touch wood.
Once the daylight made its presence felt I noticed that most of the paddocks were green, wow thought I, the drought is over in these parts… then I looked closer, there was only a green tinge without any real growth and any sheep or cattle near the road still looked pretty skinny, any of you who have any farming background will recognize this as a green drought just enough rain to green things up but not the right conditions to complete the job.
And pretty near no rainfall in the water catchments areas, which is the real problem for so many of our cities and towns.
At least today’s big effort means an easy day tomorrow to get into Adelaide and start catching up with the family prior to Saturday’s wedding.
There is no internet access here so can’t post this yet or read what you have all been up to… maybe tomorrow.
Day 2.I am now in Adelaide after a fairly short days travel, only favourite daughter Vicki and her mother Jacqui (some of you will know her as the bear lady although she has not posted for several months) are here yet but the others start arriving tomorrow and Friday (it’s Wed night here.)