We left Cobar at our usual time of 9am for the long 264km haul to Wilcannia. The day was fine and started a little warmer at 15c rising to a warm 27c during the day. The run from Cobar was uneventful albeit devoid of any sign of civilisation for the entire trip. The country was bushy and low scrub and was fairly green showing evidence of rain over previous months. As we had been forewarned, we saw hundreds of feral goats along this stretch. The mind boggles at how many there are away from the roads. We also saw sheep from time to time, sometimes grazing in close proximity. One of our fellow travellers claimed the locals periodically rounded up the goats for some lucrative export market. We are not sure how you would round them up though!. We finally reached Wilcannia around midday to find the only servo in town had only standard unleaded (our bike much prefers premium) and had no Eftpos (lucky we had enough cash). The previous recommendation we had received to give Wilcannia a miss as an overnight stopover was well founded. We grabbed a bit of lunch before heading off on the next 200km stretch to Broken Hill.
The Darling River Wilcannia NSW
Not so many goats on this stretch but the pillion spotted quite a few emus off to the side of the road. We reached Broken Hill about 3.30pm finding our digs for the next 2 nights easily after refering to Mr Google Maps. Ros had found us a self contained townhouse at a reasonable cost so we bought supplies to cook for ourselves for the next 2 nights and plan to make use of their laundry. Another great days riding.
Today we took a tourist day in Broken Hill visiting the old mining town of Silverton, the Pro Hart Gallery and the Living Desert sculptures. The weather was sunny and warm giving us a very nice day except for the flies which were in plague proportions at Silverton and the Living Desert Sculptures.
Near Broken Hill
One of the rock sculptures at the Broken Hill Living Desert Park
Here is a short Helmet Cam Youtube video we shot on Day 4 climbing up Waterfall Way from Bellingen to Dorrigo http://youtu.be/-lpv9dEVrNE
Off to Port Augusta tomorrow.
Cheers for now Ros and Dick
We checked out of our Coonabarabran motel at 9.00am heading off down the Newell/Oxley (the highway bears both names for the 95km section through to Gilgandra). The day was overcast but fine starting at a brisk 11c climbing up to 22c in the afternoon. The country seems to be in good shape with wheat and cotton crops in varous stages of harvesting. The road is, predictably, fairly straight. We headed out of Gilgandra back on the Oxley passing through Warren and hitting the Mitchell Highway at the cotton growing centre of Nevertire. We saw harvesting in progress and saw hundreds of huge circular bales of cotton lined awaiting rail shipment, probably for export. After turning onto the Mitchell Highway we took the 60km run into Nyngan without a single bend. After lunching at Nyngan we headed out along the Barrier Highway to our next overnight stop 130km away at the mining town of Cobar. We saw lots of feral goats along the side of the road on the run in to Cobar and we were told there is heaps more along the road to Wilcannia tomorrow. We covered 401kms for the day with 1,300 now accumulated since we left home. There is not much between Cobar and Wilcannia
- Not much after you leave Cobar!
- Off to Wilcannia and Broken Hill tomorrow.
- Cheers Ros and Dick
After spending time with our family in Coffs Harbour
including a visit to the Coffs Harbour Show we headed out this morning for the run up Waterfall Way through Bellingen, Dorigo, Ebor and in to Armidale. The weather was a coolish 13c but was otherwise fine lending itself to a wonderful ride through green an picturesque country along fantastic undulating and winding roads
- Comfort break at Ebor Falls
We then took a short blast down the New England Highway to Tamworth lunching at Maccas before joining the Oxley Highway for a great 180km run through Gunedah arriving at our overnight stop at Coonabarabran around 4.20pm. The last 50k or so were a little worrying as we were getting in to the dusk period that our Skippy mates love so much. As luck would have it, we saw none. We covered 480Km for the day. We have decided to take an easy day tomorrow and head for Cobar (circa 360km) as Willcania was another 200km further on. We had also been given some not very flattering reports of the available accommodation.
Cheers Ros and Dick