It was ridiculously cold this morning at our free camp – according to tonight’s weather reports on TV it would have been somewhere between minus 3 and 0 degrees! We were in no hurry to get out of bed. However, the sun came up and with the fiver’s blinds adjusted, we soon warmed up and enjoyed breakfast in the sun. This is truly a great free camping site!
We finally got going at around 10.00 o’clock and continued along the Gwydir Highway through Inverall and beside what seemed to be predominantly canola fields with their distinctive yellow flowers.
Morning coffee was at the Warialda Creek Rest Area before we crossed the Gwydir Bridge, over the Gwydir River on the way to Moree where we planned to have lunch. The GPS however had other ideas and managed to bypass Moree so we stopped at the Tycannah Rest Area which is just South of Moree along the Newell Highway.
The countryside is again mostly grain crops with small towns with large grain silos and interesting names like Gurley and Gravesend. Along with canola the silos were accepting chick peas, soy, and others. One obvious exception to the grain fields was a huge beef feed lot operation.
Our driving experience today wasn’t all that great. Many of the roads are in quite bad condition which limits driving speed and makes driving uncomfortable. Plus there are lots of roadwork stops which cause further delays, not to mention sticky tar and gravel under the ute and the fiver. There were a lot of trucks along the Newell today. We also came across a couple of “80 kph heroes” – drivers who travel at dead on 80 kph and probably get great fuel economy but cause massive frustration to other drivers. We actually gasped at a couple of near misses as trucks and other drivers tried to overtake them. Mr Magoo is alive and well and towing a caravan!
Eventually we arrived at our destination for the night – the Narrabri Big Sky Caravan Park. We had called ahead but there were a number of sites available. Ours is a large drive through site with plenty of room for the awning. We stayed hitched up and after connecting to water and plugging into power to recharge the van’s batteries we went for a good walk around town before returning to the fiver for a light meal, some TV, and updating the blog.
Still living the dream!