Day 6 – Barrington Tops to Merriwa

A late start to the day.   We’re not in any hurry.    Given we’ve got full water tanks and we can top up when we empty the dunny in Scone, we all have a shower, such a luxury in a place like this.   So it’s after 10:30 when we pull out.   The road continues to be pretty rough and the potholes just seem to get bigger.   Eventually we’re on the road downhill, and it’s steep!  I’ve got awful flashbacks of a cross between French Pass in NZ in the motor home and the Mt Selwyn decent from last year.  I take most of the steeper sections in 1st gear and with the van brakes on 8.  Fortunately we don’t come across too many cars.   We finally hit the tar, phew!  From here it’s a pretty easy run into Scone.  I must admit the fuel economy coming out was heaps better than the run in.  

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Day 2 – Newcastle

Well today did not go to plan

We decided to go over to our nephew’s new place in the morning before heading off to Forster in the afternoon.  The recommendation was to not take the van due to the narrow streets.   So off we set, all in the car and the engine light comes on.  Oh, Um, well….. We’re on a bit of an angle, maybe we’ll drive off and it will be OK.  Well short story was, it was not OK, while the car went, it had little power.   So we made it back to Chris’ place.

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