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Day 102 – Cowra to Young

It was almost warm when we woke this morning and I started the day wearing a t-shirt.

Unfortunately Ann seems to have picked up a bug or something and is not feeling well, so today was a very slow and easy day.

After topping up the fuel in Cowra we turned onto the Olympic Highway and drove through some more beautiful Australian country-side.  Sheep seemed to dominate in the livestock stakes, although we did see several paddocks with cattle.  The pleasing news is that many of the dams appear to be nearly full, with many having cattle and/or sheep around them.

Scenes along the way

We drove through a couple of small towns including Koorawatha, although in most cases it was a matter of “blink and you miss it”.  Koorawatha did have an impressive hotel though.

Views around Koorawatha

There were some buildings and some earth-works that had us a bit confused, but otherwise it was beautiful countryside and quite good quality roads.  There was very little traffic in either direction.

Scenes along the way

After a distance of about 70 kms we arrived in Young.  We came here last year as part of our plan to escape floods and detours on our way to Canberra.  As it was late and wet when we arrived last year we didn’t see much of the town, but this time the weather was more amenable to a drive around town at least.

Views around Young

Views around Young

Young was founded in 1831 and gold was found in 1860 but these days the town is better known for its cherries, orchards, vineyards, olive groves and strawberry farms.  A cherry festival is held in December every year.

Many of the buildings in town date back to the late 1880s and early 1900s, although these days many of those buildings are being used quite differently to their original purpose.

Other than heritage buildings, there is some considerably more modern buildings and complexes.  Young has a Big W and a Woolworths, a Mitre 10, a Rivers and other stores we weren’t expecting to see in a country town this size.

Views around Young

Views around Young

As we drove through late on Sunday morning we were surprised that so many shops were open and that parking spots were hard to find.

After a bit of a reconnoiter we checked in at the Young Tourist Park, where Ann had already booked our accommodation.  We have a great site in a quiet corner but still very close to amenities, BBQs, etc.  The pool is closed, not surprising.

Bertha happy in Young Tourist Park – before the rain started

Once power, water and sullage were organized, we walked a couple of hundred metres to Aldi, to pick up some supplies.  As we returned to Bertha we felt some raindrops.  This wasn’t totally unexpected as showers and rain were predicted in this morning’s weather forecast.  The last stretch back to Bertha was done at a slow jog!

After lunch in Bertha the rain stopped for a while so I was able to clean some of the bugs off Bertha while Ann rested.  The rain did return and according to the evening news we may be looking forward to rain and showers over the next few days.

Still enjoying the motorhome experience, but not the weather so much!

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Day 90 – Dubbo to Young

After a very wet and windy night, we were a little surprised to wake to a calm morning.  The torrent of water through the caravan park had dried up, although the ground was still very soggy.  We had a better chance to have a good look around this park and although it’s a bit old and tired, it appears that the young owners are working hard to renovate and upgrade facilities, and they are doing a great job so far.

Westview Caravan Park in Dubbo

Westview Caravan Park in Dubbo

After leaving the caravan park we made our way to the Newell Highway, and were amazed to see how busy it was.  We had only just got onto the Newell when we came across an illuminated “water across the road” sign.  Perhaps not a good omen but it appeared that the Newell was still the best bet for our planned destination today, so we continued on.

Busy as Bourke Street. Unwanted street sign.

Busy as Bourke Street. Unwanted street sign.

Things weren’t too bad as we progressed through the small village of Tomingley, and passed the mine.

Views of Tomingley

Views of Tomingley

Not surprisingly, there was still a lot of water around with creeks overflowing and rivers flowing strongly, and sheep and other livestock having to cope with wet feet.

Views along the road from Dubbo to Peak Hill

Views along the road from Dubbo to Peak Hill

We stopped for a coffee at Peak Hill.  After a walk around town we settled in next to a lovely wood fire at the antique/lolly shop/café and enjoyed a coffee, snack and chat with the owners.  We then investigated the interesting “Lindner Corner” building which houses the Tourist Information Centre, plus antiques and is the local centre for arts and crafts.  They have recently received a government grant and are developing a very interesting tourist stop.  The lady there was also ready for a chat to tell us all about it.

View of Peak Hill Tourist Information Centre

View of Peak Hill Tourist Information Centre

From Peak Hill we continued down the Newell Highway to Parkes.  Usually we would have stopped at the café at the “The Dish” but today we felt like something different so we continued into town.

It was then that we got some bad news – the Newell Highway was closed between Parkes and Forbes.  This definitely didn’t suit our plan.  There was a detour to Eugowra.  From there we could go through Canowindra to Cowra, our intended overnight destination.  Accordingly we headed down the Eugowra-Parkes Road and eventually Military Road.  Unfortunately, at the end of Military Road, we met a council works team and another detour sign and were redirected down Escort Way into Forbes.  This detour added an extra 65 kilometres to our journey from Parkes to Forbes.  And we didn’t get to visit Eugowra after-all.  Not happy Jan!

Views of Parkes, including statue of Sir Henry Parkes

Views of Parkes, including statue of Sir Henry Parkes

We stopped in Forbes outside the Forbes Shire Council Water Filtration Plant for a late lunch and to determine our next best course of action.  From Forbes we could either head down the Lachlan Valley Way to Cowra, or down the Henry Lawson Way to Grenfell, and from there to Cowra.  After due consideration we decided that the Lachlan Valley Way had too much of a risk of flooding from the Lachlan River, so we headed down the Henry Lawson Way to Grenfell.

Views along our detour

Views along our detour

This was an interesting drive on a relatively good road with only a couple of incidents with water across the road!

Water Hazard on Henry Lawson Way towards Grenfell

Water Hazard on Henry Lawson Way towards Grenfell

Eventually we reached Grenfell, which is a delightful town renowned as the birthplace of Henry Lawson.  We were hoping to find an open coffee shop but had no luck so we had thermos coffee in Bertha instead.  We now had another choice to make.  From Grenfell we could go to either Cowra or Young, both being about the same distance away.  As much as we like visiting Cowra, we decided to head towards Young as it would shorten tomorrow’s drive considerably.

Views of Grenfell

Views of Grenfell

A quick search in Wiki Camps found a suitable caravan park in Young so off we went.  There was some interesting scenery along the way.

Views along the highway into Young

Views along the highway into Young

Street scene in Young

Street scene in Young

Arriving in Young we set up Bertha at the Young Tourist Park and had a great chat to the couple next door in a new Sunliner Pinto motorhome.  Ann then took a short walk to Aldi to pick up some supplies and we are now hunkering down for the night.

Today has been another tiring day as the rain yesterday has left a big mess in many places.  Fortunately it didn’t actually rain today but it has been very cold and it is very soggy underfoot everywhere.  Having a long detour of course made the day much longer.  Still, we are safe and sound and making good progress on or way home.

Still enjoying the dream!

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