The rain continued unabated during the night. We both usually love the sound of rain on Bertha’s roof but this was just a bit too much.
Over breakfast we reviewed our plans for the next week. Our intention had been to visit our daughter Katie in Canberra but still be home by the weekend. A look at the weather forecast for Canberra showed negative overnight temperatures, low maximum temperatures and rain and thunderstorms every day for the next week. Melbourne’s winter weather, by comparison, was looking fantastic.
We decided to defer our visit to see Katie and head straight home. Ann rang the caravan park in Canberra and they have deferred our booking for 3 months (ie rather than cancel all together and lose our deposit). Ann also let Katie know and although she was disappointed she understood our situation. Our house-sitters were leaving today so that worked out well too.
After a wet pack-up (don’t you love that) we set off through a very wet Young and down to Cootamundra and then to Coolac, where we joined the Hume Highway.
From there Bertha went in auto-pilot mode and we were off. Our plan was to have lots of breaks but to keep them short and hope that we could reach home in one day. It wouldn’t be a disaster, however, if we did have to stop somewhere overnight.
Our first break was at Gundagai after our cross-country drive from Young to the Hume. For lunch we stopped at the legendary Holbrook bakery and had delicious hot pies and pasties.
Then Glenrowan, Wallan and Home.
For the start of the trip the weather was horrible – no other word for it. From around the Victorian border the skies cleared a bit and we actually got a few bursts of sunshine between rain showers.
We arrived home later than we ever have before, after a much longer than usual day, in the dark, but we arrived safely and very glad to be home. After connecting to mains power and collecting a few bare essentials, we locked up Bertha and left cleaning and emptying until tomorrow.
Inside, our house-sitters had left the heater on and had left some treats in the fridge for us. What a great thing to do.
So, we’re home, tired but we’re warm and we had a nice hot dinner before winding down in front of the TV.
We’ve had a fantastic 2017 Up the Centre Adventure and will post our usual recap shortly.
Still thoroughly enjoying the Motorhome Experience!!!!