|Woke up early again, courtesy of Alexander - he thinks that as soon as it gets light it must be breakfast time.
There was some light rain overnight & everything was even muddier than yesterday so I decided to move on, not sure how far I'd get. The road to Narrandera was still closed, a whole section of it has been washed away according to the lady in the newsagents, so I had to make another detour through Wagga.
It was absolutely pelting down as I came through Wagga. The Murrumbidgee River is full but nowhere near the bridge. The road from Wagga to Narrandera follows the river & there was lots of water both sides of the road in many places. You could see where it had been across the road but it had dropped enough by the time I came through that I didn't have to actually go through any water.
Narrandera was really waterlogged, even the parking lot at the servo was flooded & the Newell Highway south to Melbourne was closed. Fortunately, the Sturt Highway was OK so I got through to Hay OK.
It was only noon by the time I got to Hay so I kept going. It was a slow trip to Balranald though because the wind was absolutely fierce & most of the time it was a head-wind so the car was working hard. Not far out of Hay, I came across a caravan that had tipped over. The car was still upright & the people seemed to be OK. It was on a straight stretch of road so I'm not sure what happened but I'm sure the wind would have been a factor. He would have been driving with a tail wind so maybe he was going too fast.
After driving just over 600 km, I got home about 4:00pm, in good time to unload & park the caravan. Alexander went quite silly of course & still hasn't really settled down but we're both happy to be home again even though the last part of the trip was a lot shorter than I expected - I'll just have to go back & do that part another time when the weather is kinder.