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Week 7

Winton to

sunny 30 °C

Day 43 - Tuesday July 24
We called into the New Matilda Centre on the way out of Winton. The old one burnt down a couple of years ago and they have spent $23 million in creating the new one.
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We drove on to Longreach. We saw a fence at the combined Graziers Association loaded with bras.
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We filled a small gas bottle for the heater in our van, bought some meat at a butcher shop, had lunch the headed off through Ilfracombe towards Isisford. On the way, Hiroe took a photo of Georges van on the single lane road all the way from lfracome to Isisford.
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We have camped in the towns free camp beside the barcoo River.

Day 44 - Wednesday 25th July
We departed Isisford early this morning - 8.05 and drove the almost single lane road for 123 km to Blackall where we had morning tea. This town is noted for the feat by Jackie Howe a sheep shearer.
John Robert "Jackie" Howe (26 July 1861 (?) – 21 July 1920) was a legendary Australian sheep shearer at the end of the 19th century. He shot to fame in pre-Federation Australia in 1892 when he broke the daily and weekly shearing records across the colonies.

Howe was born at Killarney near Warwick, Queensland. On 10 October 1892, Howe shore 321 sheep in seven hours and 40 minutes at Alice Downs station, near Blackall, Queensland. This was a faster tally than any other shearer had achieved before. In the week beforehand, Howe also set the weekly record, shearing 1,437 sheep in 44 hours and 30 minutes. Howe's daily record was beaten by Ted Reick in 1950, but Reick was using machine shears, while Howe's hand shears were little more than scissors.
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There was a dummy sitting on a bench outside the bakers so took a photo
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On then to Tambo for lunch and a quick walk around before continuing on to Augathela where we have camped for the night. We have brought the rain here and the farmers must be loving it.
A rather spectacular sunset tonight
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Day 45 - Thursday July 26
Left Augathela early this morning (8.00am) and drove to Charleville where we refuelled then drove on to Cunnamulla where we had lunch a visit to the Info Centre and a quick walk around town before refuelling again.
On the way between Charleville and Cunnamulla we came across a rail bridge which looked like a bomb had hit it.
information from the Info Centre told of a truck carrying 53 tonnes of ammonium nitrate caught fire and crashed then exploded at 9.50 pm on the 5th September 2014.
The blast radius was more than 1 kilometre and the affect of the blast was felt over 10 kms away. A police car cravelling to the scene was damaged about 200 metres from the blast. The explosion site looked like a war zone with the complete demolition of theoad bridge and destroyed the Agellala rail bridge that had stood since 1897.
https://www.suratbasin.com.au/videos/aftermath-detonating-52-tonnes-fertiliser/24106/
We continued on down the road till we crossed the state border into New South Wales at Barringun where we have camped for the night in the rather primitive Bush Tucker Inn's yard.
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Day 46 - Friday July 27
Not very much to report today - We departed Barringun just after 8 and drove to Bourke where we did a little shopping and had morning tea before continuing on towards Cobar stopping about 60 km before reaching there and had lunch. The rad surface has improved a lot since we crossed the border.
We finally arrived at Cobar and set up in the free cam just 1 km out of town near the old copper mine.
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Day 47 - Saturday July 28
After a quiet night we refuelled then left Cobar and headed down the Kidman Way till we reached Mount Hope where we had morning tea. There is nothing here except for the old Royal Hotel which is still operating.
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Continuing on we eventually reached Lake Cargelligo in time for lunch overlooking the lake.
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It has been raining all morning and while we had intended staying here for the night we drove on to the small village of Tullibigeal where the free camp here had toilets hot showers and even electricity. The town is quite run down and not too sure how the folk still living here survive.
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Guess the rail siding and grain silo keep some busy.

Day 48 - Sunday July 29
No photos today. We left Tullibigeal at 8.00 and drove to West Wyalong where we refuelled then carried on to Harden. Not long afterward Georges GPS Navigator took us on a circular tour through a small locality of Galon (only a cemetery there) and back to where we had started (37 kms.). We finally paid no attention to his GPS and found our way eventually to Binalong where we were going to camp for the night. The site was quite wet and the wheels on our vehicle were spinning so George hooked his caravan to our car and with little effort at all pulled us 1.2 metres to solid ground. He will not let us forget.
We decided to have lunch then drive on to Gunning for the night.

Day 49 - Monday July 30
Well this is it - The last day of our winter escape holiday to Queensland.
Last night was very cold (-2 deg) and we put the extra doona on the bed.
This morning we drive into Goulburn and refuelled before the run down Route 92 to home, arriving there just before lunch time.
We had a good 7 weeks with George and crossed a few things off our bucket list of things to do or see. - Camel races at Boulia and Porcupine Gorge to name 2.
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We travelled 8,293 kms
We spent $3,700.66 on fuel, groceries, accomodation and other items
We used 905.17 lts of fuel
We were away 49 days

Posted by Bobnhiroe 23:22 Archived in Australia Tagged winter of trip our 7 week 2018

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As always impressive and some amusing photographs.
Bet you enjoy being back in your own beds
Love George Jean and Ebony

by jean'sgeorge

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