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Day 21 – Mannum

Sunday 23 October 2011

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Relaxing day today, drove to Mannum and spent time looking up and down the main street. Funny little place, nothing much happens until after 12. Being Sunday and a strong Lutheran influence may have something to do with it.

We crossed the Murray both ways on the ferries. For some reason there are two side by side so there isn't long to wait.

Some interesting buildings and some really magnificent homes but generally the real estate is cheaper than some of the other places we've visited.

Back to Murray Bridge via Mypolonga, a pocket of fruit and grape growing properties but no real 'village' that we could find.

By the time we returned to the caravan, the cars that were parked here were clearing out. By about 1400 they were all gone.

Packed up the gear in advance of a threatening rain storm. Chances are that it won't eventuate but it isn't worth putting it off and getting soaked.

Tomorrow we're off to Victor Harbor, less than 100 Km so it won't take long !!

Some of my scribble is probably a bit boring and uninteresting but it is that or nothing. We are not the energetic youngsters we were when we were here last. That was in 1968/69, a very long time ago.

Stay well and travel safely.

Cheers … Tony

Mannum Hotel
Mannum Post Office
River Boat at Mannum
One of the two ferries at Mannum

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Day 20 – Murray Bridge

Saturday 22 October 2011

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Nice change of weather, promises to be a nice day. After breakfast we drove into town and walked the Rail and River walk which included a two-way crossing of the Murray River. The bridge is about 1.25 Km in length.

The PS Murray Princess was in port, she accommodates passengers on 3, 4 and 7 day cruises North of Murray Bridge. She doesn't fit under the bridge and therefore doesn't go South of here. We also saw the Captain Proud which provides short cruises up and down the river from here.

Walked up and down the main street and called into the Chocolate Box where we indulged in a chocolate frog each. Lovely little shop, no pretences.

Lots of old buildings and an excellent example of the old time hotels with the lace work iron rails. There was also the sign of 'progress' with an almost completed shopping complex incorporating a Woolworths and Big W along with other variety stores. It would be interesting to see what impact it will have on the stores on the main street.

On return to the park we found the definitive solution to why there were all those cars parked here. It appears that a group of over 80 cyclists are on a week-long outing to the South of here and there is no where to park that many cars safely. So forget what I wrote yesterday – nothing to do with cruise boats on the Murray.

Quiet relaxed afternoon. Finished another Kindle book. We plan to visit Mannum tomorrow.

Stay well and travel safely.

Cheers … Tony

The Murray Princess
The Captain Proud
First Bridge to span the Murray
Both road and rail bridges.
The Murray Bridge Hotel

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Day 19 – Mt Gambier to Murray Bridge

Friday 21 October 2011

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Solid overcast as we depart Mt Gambier. We've elected to follow the Princes Hwy through Millicent, Kingston SE and Meningie. The terrain is totally flat and although we travelled parallel to the Coorong it was only rarely glimpsed.

Somewhere short of Meningie we pulled over and struck up a conversation with an old guy who patrols the highways around here for discarded cans and bottles. They are worth 10 cents each when turned in.

We arrived at the Long Island Caravan Park just before noon and were greeted by a sharp heavy shower. Just what you need when setting up. The odometer clocked 380 Km and we were on the road for about four and a half hours.

Drove into the CBD and visited the Information Centre and picked up some brochures. The range and quality of the South Australia tourist booklets is both extensive and very well presented.

With the aid of their map we called into the local Bunnings and bought some clamps to 'repair' the flag-pole holder. Not very elegant but it should do the job.

When we arrived here we noticed a large number of cars parked at the back of the caravan park. We wondered why they would be there and after talking to another visitor we've deduced that they are vehicles belonging to people on a six-night river cruise. There must be close to 100 cars parked here.

Not much of interest on TV tonight so we'll spend time on the Kindle.

Stay well and travel safely.

Cheers … Tony
View of the Coorong
The Can Collector
The broken Flag-pole bracket
The 'fixed' Flag-pole bracket
The 100 or so cars

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Day 18 – Last Day in Mt Gambier

Thursday 20 October 2011

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Quite a mild morning and a pleasant reduced walk. After breakfast we visited town again to post some cards. Jenny spent some time in Spotlight and Target and then we topped up the Patrol. On the way back to the caravan park we stopped at the local RSL Club. Very new and quite extensive.

Back at the van for lunch and no plans for the afternoon. Cooked a damper and packed up the camp.

Off to Murray Bridge in the morning.

Stay well and travel safely.

Cheers … Tony

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Day 17 – Mt Gambier CBD

Wednesday 19 October 2011

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Started the morning with what was intended to be a quick walk. I think I missed a sign or two and finished up walking the entire rim walk. I met some people who do that walk every day, they looked a lot fitter than I am. I've no idea how far I walked but I needed a shower when I finally got back to the caravan.

After breakfast we drove into town to pick up the mail, including replacement credit cards. We walked some of the streets and I found somewhere to buy an ice-cream, Jenny found some fabric bargains and I pigged out on a pie. We also visited two of the 'sink holes' – they are collapsed caves – that have been turned into attractive gardens.

Back to the caravan where the 30° temperature making it difficult to think of doing anything much. There's no doubt that we'll get used to this but the sudden change has left us gasping. The strong wind didn't make life any more comfortable it has also sounded the death-knell for the clamp which holds the flag-pole. I'll have to think about whether to replace it or not. More hot weather ahead. I promise not to keep on about it.

Stay well and travel safely.

Cheers … Tony

Panorama of the crater rim
Sinkhole garden Mt Gambier
Sinkhole garden Mt Gambier

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