Wednesday 28th Sept, - Quirindi to Moree via Manilla
Great day for travel, sunny and little wind. We drove the streets of Quirindi before heading E to Wallabadah where we spent some time looking at the First Fleet Memorial. This is the only memorial in Australia where all the participants, convicts and ships company are all listed and acknowledged. At Tamworth we stopped for m/tea before heading north again. Have finally made contact with Gwydir Carapark and booked in for two nights at Moree. One of our longer drives today but do-able. Stopped on the S side of Tamworth for lunch and then continued N on the Fossickers Way through Manilla. Interesting to note that it is at Manilla that our path south approx 3 weeks ago crosses our path north today making our plotted trip into a figure eight.
On the S approach to Barraba we stopped for lunch at the Lions Park which is also used as a free-stay. Drove through town still heading N. The town is still as deserted as it was 3wks ago when we were heading south. Seems like 2 moths ago. Passed through Bingara up to Warialda which we bypassed to the junction with the Gwydir H/way The 2 Rons were by now leg weary and needed to get out and and have a stretch before turning west for the last hour of the day. We arrived at 5pm after a 328km day. (15 years ago we could have covered that before lunch - must be slowing down.
This caravan park has 5 thermal pools so after our leisurely “happy hour” which Hazel has been hanging out for of about 3 weeks (weather never suitable or too late in arriving), we headed off to check them out. Pool #1 just warm prob about 29deg. Pool #2 34deg. Pool #3 35deg. Pool #4 37deg and pool #5 v hot at 39deg. We opted for the 35deg pool and spent about an hour soaking in it to the pruned finger stage before scampering back to the vans in the very cool night air. We had late teas and then off to bed for a much warmer and more pleasant night.
Not sure if we will have storms tomorrow, Andrew informed us of wild storms in SA heading to the E coast. SA lost power throughout the state.