12/5 Mildura again for two nights.
Driving across to Mildura we decided to camp again at Psyche Bends and as luck would have it got the same spot on the river bank that we had over a year ago. The road and tracks in were cut up after the floods earlier in the year. It is still one of the best camp sites with the birdlife as prolific as ever. We had 2 pairs of yellow spoonbills nesting across the Murray from us and the usual activity of fishing boats and river boats were always entertaining. We shopped and re-fueled in Mildura at the best fuel prices were have had in eight or nine months.
We are still able to confirm that SA and Vic roads rate as the worst overall in Australia with NSW and Qld not far behind. On 14/5 and a cool morning we packed up and a rough rock and roll on our way to Balranald for lunch.
We encountered some heavy traffic on the way
Then we lurched our way to Hay to a good free camp at Sandy Point Reserve on the Murrumbidgee river.
We passed cotton farms and aerial spraying and saw plenty emus on the plains across to Hay. A nice hot shower at the Hay info centre was most welcome and we felt that we could mingle with people again! We followed a B Double loaded with cotton bales and arrived at one of the several cotton gins in the district where acres of bales are stacked in the open awaiting processing.
There was plenty of firewood at Sandy Point and we had another couple of camp oven meals. The walks along the river are good and quite easy going and there are a number of red gums almost ready to be washed in with the next flood.
Our next stop was Temora where we had planned to camp at the showground. The circus was in town and it was booked out so we headed into town behind the refurbished historic railway building and camped there for the night with a wet departure on the 19th .
Arriving in Jugiong, and back on the Murrumbidgee, we were greeted with water in the van near the door and around the airconditioner. We set up camp, between rain showers, in the show ground reserve and experienced about 4 month’s rain in one night and further leaks in the van. Fining up to a mostly sunny day enabled us to start the drying out process.
Visited the refurbished hotel for a drink and chat to the owners and had a morning coffee at the café. These businesses have transformed Jugiong into a destination stop for heaps of people with the main street parked out on the weekend.
23/5 we left Jugiong in clearing fog and arrived at Poplar Caravan Park at Camden where we stayed for 6 nights leaving on the 29th after Jasmine’s birthday on the 25th and surprise party on 27th.
We enjoyed our stay and time with family and thank them for their love and hospitality. The chariot now has its seats in the back again and a repack was necessary before we left Sydney.