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Day 56 – Canberra to Home

Sunday 27 November 2011


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This last day comprised of a quick dash down the Kings Hwy. There was some light rain, variable winds (mostly from behind for a change) and minimal traffic. We broke camp at about 0615 and arrived home just before 0900.

First task was to clean out the fridge/freezer which had been turned off and developed a healthy growth of mould. The remainder of the day was spent unloading the rig and catching up with the mountain of mail. It will take a few more days to get on top of things.

For those who have an interest here are some approximate numbers -
4,600 Km pulling the caravan
7,000 Km travelled overall
$1,500 spent on fuel
$1,500 spent on sites at caravan parks
55 days spent away from home.

That's it for this journey. I'll try to maintain a blog for the Cherry Blossom Cruise in March.

See you then, stay well and travel safely.

Cheers … Tony

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Day 55 – Canberra

Saturday 26 November 2011


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What can I say ?? Rain again this morning easing about lunch time. The rain passes, the sun breaks through and the winds are back.

Visited the family and collected the mail. Good to catch up and hear what's been happening in their lives. Amy has completed her Year 12 and starts University next year whilst Emalee finishes her Primary Schooling and heads off to High School next year.

The wind is in full blast as we return to the camp ground and make final preparations for an early departure tomorrow. If the wind retains its current direction I should finally crack a tail-wind for the leg home.

Final entry tomorrow, hope you've enjoyed my scribbles.

Stay well and travel safely.

Cheers … Tony

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Day 54 – Canberra

Friday 25 November 2011


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I'm aware that I keep on harping about the weather. I do so because it is so variable and not at all typical of the locations and the time of year. Spring is notoriously variable but this has been ridiculous.

Despite my expectation for better weather (see yesterday's entry) it was not to be, steady rain almost continuously all day. Called on our mate Bert and met the much lauded grand-daughter. When a new-born is described in glowing terms by a doting grand-father I get a bit sceptical and expect a child that looks like most other newborns. In this case I think Bert is justified in crowing about the child. She is quite exquisite and appears to have inherited all the good features of her ancestors.

Also met up with mate Speedie and we 'did lunch' at the local club. In a contest to pay for lunch, I mixed up my credit cards and keyed in the wrong PIN. Greatly embarrassed when Bert pulled out cash and put me out of my misery.

Dropped Bert off at his place and returned to the caravan. The rain continues and we are disinclined to do anything but watch TV and read a book.

Plan to catch up with Nat and the family some time tomorrow and then head off home on Sunday.

Stay well and travel safely.

Cheers … Tony

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Day 53 – Wangaratta to Canberra

Thursday 24 November 2011


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Hit the road under a clear sky and thankfully no perceivable wind. By the time we reached Holbrook the cloud cover was almost 8/8 and the wind had built up to a significant North Easterly gusting to about 50 kph. In addition to having to travel at one gear lower than normal the rig was often buffeted on the side. Not a pleasant drive and I seriously considered pulling off for the night to let the weather pass over. Unfortunately, there's no guarantee that tomorrow will be any better.

Checked in at EPIC (Exhibition Park In Canberra) for three nights and set up the camp. It is surprisingly busy here with very few vacant sites. Broke out the laptop and sent the obligatory LOCSTAT to the daughters and went off to top up the fuel.

The day continued cold and windy and towards evening a shower or two of rain completed a day I'd rather forget. We'll see what tomorrow brings, can't get much worse.

Stay well and travel safely.

Cheers … Tony

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Day 52 – Wangaratta

Wednesday 23 November 2011


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Another change of weather condition, clear sky, no wind and increasing temperature, looks like a nice day.

After breakfast we walked to Aldi for a top-up of provisions and Jenny went in search of some gifts for the ladies at craft. Back at the caravan Jenny watched the “You're not in the Military now” DVD loaned to us by Pat Paola, I'd watched it earlier. Brings up some different ways of looking at what training and life in the Military and Vietnam Service has contributed to shaping Veterans.

Spent the remainder of the day sitting around the caravan reading and doing very little else. After diner I packed up the majority of the bits and pieces around the camp and completed this rather brief blog entry. Off to Canberra tomorrow for the penultimate leg of this trip.

Stay well and travel safely.

Cheers … Tony

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