Thursday 13 October 2011
13.10.2011 - 13.10.2011
Another chilly morning and awoke much earlier than planned. Today's run is only a short one and we planned to leave after 0900, instead it was just after 0730.
We decided to 'detour' via Clunes, partly to get us to the West of Ballarat and partly to add some time to the trip. We pulled up in Clunes about 0830 and went for a walk through the town (or village) and found a delightful bakery. We'd only just finished breakfast but I had no trouble demolishing a meat pie while Jenny wrapped herself around a vegetable pasty.
Clunes must have been quite a place in it's heyday, the public buildings are impressive and substantial. The are at least three large stone churches still standing. Not sure if they are still in use.
Our GPS got us a little confused, at one point we were directed to turn into a bike path (it did have the title of something Lane!). Despite the roundabout route we were at the park reception before 1000 and despite being some three hours early (check-in is 1300) we were warmly greeted and shown to a lovely shaded site.
Set up and laundry done and a quick bite for lunch (small one, we'd had that stop in Clunes). We headed off to stock up with a few essentials. Each town has it's peculiarities and Ballarat is no exception. We could see the sign for Aldi and pulled in too quickly and found ourselves in a service station. Got out of there and missed the entrance to Aldi and wound up parked in front of a pub. We didn't need much so it wasn't to heavy to carry.
Back at the van and contacted my sister. She's delighted and insists that we come over for dinner. Relying on the GPS we found her place and had a long, long chat. She just loves to chat. Without even a pause for breath she concocted a most wonderful chicken casserole. It was well past our normal bed time when we left and headed back to our van.
More from Ballarat tomorrow.
Stay well and travel safely.