Day 12, Cameron Corner run (oh, and someone’s birthday!)

Alarm set for 7, but after being awake since 6, I’m up just after 6:30.   It’s a really fresh morning in the van as we’ve got no power for either the electric or diesel heater.  No one wants to get out from under the blankets.   Eventually we all get going.  Justine packs food just in case we can’t cross.  I get the car ready.   Just before we leave we talk to the park supervisor to see what options we have for power.  She says we can use the generator during the day and without much conviction, says she will let us know if she can allocate a powered site if someone else leaves.

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Day 11 Wanaaring to Tibooburra

While I wake several times during the early morning,  at about 7 I wake to the sound of rain, it’s not heavy, but given we’re on this muddy river bank and the road out is a steep track back to the roadway I figure we shouldn’t hang around.   As it turns out after about 15mins the rain stops, so the urgency is gone, but we’re up now, so while we’ll go we can afford to wash and pack up properly.  Our shoes now have literally 2cm of mud stuck to the bottom of them, this is mud like I’ve never seen before.  It is like glue.  It is the literal shit on a stick.  A stick will not get it off!  I need to change shoes to get in the car to drive off.

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Day 10 – Brewarrina to Wanaaring

Fresh, but at least it’s not raining.  Oddly it still seems to take us nearly and hour and a half to get up, feed, and packed ready to go.  The track out is pretty easy in the end, and we drive back to town to visit the Brewarrina Fish Traps at the Aboriginal Cultural Museum.  I’d read about these while researching the trip.  Considered the oldest man-made structures in the world.

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Day 9 – Lightning Ridge to Brewarrina

… Been out of contact for a few days, no internet…..

The park is still busy as we pack up.   We check the radar for rain, but fortunately most of it is south of us, around Coonamble.  Just before 10 we head off.  One last time through town and we hit the road to Walgett.   About 7 or 8km out of town is Stanley, a huge Emu Sculpture made of amongst other things several VW beetles, so we stop for a quick photo opp.  

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Day 7 – Lighting Ridge 1

Justine had a fever last night, normally you’d not worry too much, but of course these are not normal times.   There are no other real symptoms, other than feeling off.   Not really sure what to do.   Given we had Caitlin tested and she was negative, and we’ve been pretty careful to keep to ourselves.  We figure we’ll wait and see.   This morning, she is better and the fever has dropped, but not gone.  

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Day 4, Narrabri to Yarrie Lake

Day 4, Narrabri to Yarrie Lake

A late start (after a middle of the night wake up from Caitlin).  So we’re not out till just after 10am.  Fortunately we only need to go about 30odd km today.   We navigate the great backroads and pull in to Lake Yarrie, this perfectly round lake.  It’s about 800m or so in diameter, and only about 6’ (2mtr) deep.  We get a powered site right on the lake for only $25, bargain!  But better than the price is the location.   A beautiful day, and while only in the teens, there was little wind and it’s amazing in the sun.    

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