Day 94 – Wangaratta to Home

Last night was very chilly and as we had no immediate neighbours in the caravan park we turned on the diesel heater.  Apart from wanting to ensure that it was working after 3 months in Queensland, it gives a much more pleasant heat than our little electric heater.  We turned it on again this morning. Lovely!

The new owners at Painters Island have made a few changes and more are on the way.  They have tidied and refreshed the amenities blocks and are in the process of building a new block as well.  They have also added additional BBQ areas, installed new security gates, and are improving landscaping and various other features of the park.  The view from Bertha to the playground sand-pit was interesting!

Interesting sand-pit at Painters Island

Interesting sand-pit at Painters Island

After driving through the main street of Wangaratta and several roundabouts we joined the road out of town towards the Hume Highway. It seemed very peaceful driving down this good stretch of road with nice rural scenes on a crisp but clear morning.

Scene down Wangaratta's main street

Scene down Wangaratta’s main street

Heading from Wangaratta towards the Hume Freeway

Heading from Wangaratta towards the Hume Freeway

We soon hit the Hume and again admired the variety of the scenery.

Scenes along the Hume

Scenes along the Hume

Euroa was our first stop with diesel for Bertha and coffee for us.  It seems that they have made some changes to the service centre since we were last here and there is now a dump point but more interestingly there is a Tesla electric car charging station.  There was a very nice looking Tesla car being charged while we were there.

From Euroa we continued down the Hume to Wallan, where we parked at the service centre but actually had lunch in Bertha.

Scenes along the Hume

Scenes along the Hume

As we got closer to civilisation we were struck by majesty of the “blue poles” along the side of the freeway.

Striking blue poles along the Hume

Striking blue poles along the Hume

At the Metropolitan Ringroad we turned left towards Greensborough as something of an experiment – we have always gone in the other direction in the past.  From the ringroad we made our way through suburbia to the Eastern Freeway and eventually to home.

Somewhere between the Ring Road and the Eastern Freeway

Somewhere between the Ring Road and the Eastern Freeway

Eastern Freeway near Ringwood

Eastern Freeway near Ringwood

We are now home and Bertha needs a good bath.

Bertha back home.

Bertha back home.

First priority was to unpack and start the washing before settling into our recliners in front of the TV with the central heating on.

We have loved being away in Bertha but there is still nothing quite like coming “home”.

Ann had a very pleasant surprise in the garden when we got home – it just shows what months of neglect can achieve!

Ann's blooming surprise!

Ann’s blooming surprise!

Stay tuned for our 2016 Big Maroochydore Adventure Recap, coming soon.

Still living the dream!

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