17.09.2013 - 18.09.2013 23 °C
We spent a couple of lovely days while in Dalby. On the day we arrived, (Sunday 16th Sep), A very good friend, (an ex student of Bobs and a Rover Scout) came from Toowoomba to spend some time with us. We had lunch at the local RSL. It's a pity we didn't think of taking a photo of him with us.
On the Monday Gavin and Molly McLean from Lowood travelled 2.5 hours weach way to spend some time with us. Again we had lunch at the RSL.
Hiroes knee is playing up again and has become quite swollen
After a very rough night (weatherwise) - Lots of lightning thunder and buckets of rain, we refuelled and headed south. We drove through Cecil Plains and on the way passed a lot of wheat fields. Some were really green while in the field opposite they were golden yellow.
Next town was Millmerran - not much here except some rather nice murals.
Onwards through Inglewood to Texas which is on the border of Queensland and New South Wales. We stopped here for a while and had a walk around the town (didn't take long).
Next stop was at the even smaller town (?) of Yetman where we had lunch before driving to Warialda.
There are a couple of quite nice old buildings here including The Soldiers Memorial Hall and the Court House built in 1882.
We were expecting to stay in a rest area just outside of warialda however it was VERY close to the road so we continued on looking for one near Bingara without success so onwards again to Barraba where we booked into a caravan park at only $20 a night. It's great especially since it's getting quite cold and since we have power here we have the electric blanket on. We even have a private dunny (old fashioned outside toilet) which has been modernised inside to a flush toilet and hand basin.
The Manilla River flows right at the rear of this caravan park.
Wednesday 18th Sep. We left Barraba quite early and drove down the road to Manilla and then through Tamworth where we took a photo of Hiroe and The Big Golden Guitar.
Onwards then to Wallabadah where there is a Memorial Gardens to the First Fleet of convicts who arrived in Sydney on January 26th 1788. There were 4 Campbells amongst the arrivals. One, James who was a Marine and another James a Dependant as well as 2 convicts James and John-James.
Not sure if there is any link to our tree.
We continued on through Murrurundi, Scone, Aberdeen, Muswellbrook and Singleton before turning off the highway to Cessnock where we have camped for the night in the local showground.
This will be the last entry as we will reach home sometime tomorrow and from early in the morning we will be back on the same road as the one we started this journey on.
Thanks everyone for reading our news.
See you next year.
BOB AND HIROE