Bendigo to Tocumwal, Lockhart
08.04.2017 - 10.04.2017 28 °C
Saturday April 8
Saw a sign on the back of Johns vehicle: Don't know if it means anything or maybe he is trying to tell us something.
We left Bendigo at 8.30 and drove out of town heading north to Echuca where we stopped (had some back-up practice) then walked around town looking at some of then paddle boats on the Murray River.
We walked along the port area and I took a photo of Hiroe here.
Back onto the main street and we all had coffee and scones/muffins where John and Wendy found that the shop owner knew a good friend of theirs.
While we were there Olwyn let slip that she had DROPPED their NAVMAN GPS Navigator this morning and that the screen was cracked.
Back on the road and we took a short cut towards Tocumwal which included some quite rough roads and one stretch in particular which was only single lane bitumen.
We finally arrived at Tocumwal and found the Town Beach camping area quite full.
Pommy Bob and Linda caught up with us just as we arrived at the camp.
During then happy hour discussions it transpired that Linda had declared the inside of the van was her domain and Bob could look after the outside - she was sick of Bob saying things like "I usually put that thing this way" etc etc etc.
Dot purchased some mildly hot sausage for "Happy Hour" tonight. The girl in the shop said that it was definitely "MILD". Well it had us all racing to find some ice (or more wine) to cool down our mouths.
This camp is very popular and is packed tight. It is school holidays and grandparents must be doing their duty and minding ankle biters while their parents go to work.
We were going to stay here for 2 nights but have now decided to continue on tomorrow to Lockhart where we will stay for 2 nights.
Sunday April 9
Pommy Bob was elected as trip leader for today and even though he said last night that we would be leaving at 9.30, we were all on the road by 8.15. The drive today was quite uneventful apart from the rain and we had morning tea at the small village of Urana. The wind and rain is VERY cold.
Along the way we came across a huge herd of cattle walking and feeding in the "Long Paddock" being driven by a single man in a 4X4. We estimate that there must have been 350-400 of them. At times we had to actually stop as they were all over the road.
We arrived at Lockhart and set up in the nice small caravan park right in town.
Hiroe has run out of her diabetic medication and it's Sunday. No chemist open today here in Lockhart so we went to the small local hospital here but they were not able to help. The chemist will open tomorrow so we will just have to keep monitoring her blood sugar level till then.
We blew the power to 3 vans when our toaster was switched on. The caravan park caretaker was called and she reset it. Have tried the toaster and everything is OK so we don't know what caused the failure.
Monday April 10
As soon as we had finished breakfast and cleaned up we walked into town to the chemist shop. Unfortunately he didn't have the required medication as he said that the prescription was for an unusually low dosage but that he did have the separate indgredients to make up but Hiroe would have to take 2 pills instead of one and that she would need a new prescription so he wrote a note for the local doctor and we made an appointment for later today to see him.
We walked around town and found many weird sculptures. The story is that somewhere in the past when Lockhart was in the grip of a drought a local farmer had taken to making metal sculptures from barbed wire and rusty pieces of metal which he sold and was able to keep his farm afloat. It has since developed into and annual festival with prize money given to art works.
Below are some of the pieces around town.