Up early. It was cold but not freezing and raining a bit. Driving impressions today were that the roads were a bit better –not as bumpy. We saw some VERY wide vehicles coming the other way and had to pull off the road several times to let large trucks pass. Road stops seemed to generally be of a pretty poor standard.
We drove around the outskirts of Dubbo and were looking forward to stopping at Maccas for a treat of coffee and apple pie but we couldn’t find a place to park so we continued down the highway. We pulled in to the Mountain Creek rest area for a coffee stop before heading on to Peak Hill. Peak Hill is a nice but dying town with a closed mine and lots of lovely buildings, including 3 great antique shops. Ann cooked up bacon and eggs for lunch in the van. I found some old cars to photograph. Then it was on to Parkes. We drove through the middle of town and it is bigger than we expected. We will be back at some stage to visit “the Dish” which is nearby.
Then back on the road to the Country Club Caravan Park in Forbes. Yes it is 5 minutes walk to town. Yes it is opposite the golf course. No it is NOT flash. OK and clean with a good site and only $22.50 for the night but nothing like what we expected. We arrived at about 2 pm and set up the van without unhitching. We then walked into town and had a nice long chat with the ladies at the Information Centre. Charmaine was interested in cars and lives opposite the freecamp in Forbes. We kept walking all around town. We bought some stubbies and came back to the van via Maccas where we stopped for our treat of coffee and apple pies. We’ll get pizza delivered to the van for tea tonight as we’re both very tired.