Sunday - 24 May 2015
Forecast for today was mainly sunny with a maximum temperature of 18 degrees.
We were on the road for our 285 km trip to Glen Innes by 9:45 am. We headed generally east on the Oxley Highway, before heading north on the New England Highway. Our route took us through Tamworth, Armidale, and Guyra, before we climbed over the Ben Lomond Range at 1410 metres before descending into Glen Innes. On the way we encountered two caravans from South Australia ambling along at less than 80 kph in areas where passing was impossible. Bloody caravanners! No wonder people complain about caravans. Eventually we and about 12 cars managed to get past them both on a long overtaking lane.
At Glen Innes we checked into the Fossicker Caravan Park for 4 nights - this will give us time to explore the immediate area and its Celtic Heritage, and do a bit of fossicking for sapphires at Glen Innes and also at nearby Inverell. We visited the Information Centre before driving around the town to get our bearings. Being Sunday the pubs were closed along with the business centre, so we paid a visit to the local RSL Club for a couple of sun-downers. Even there, there were no bar meals on offer, not too many customers, and no sign that the restaurant would be open later. It was back to the caravan park for dinner.
Back at the caravan park David had a chat to two couples from Queensland who were making their way back home. One couple were from Brisbane and the other were from Rockhampton. We compared notes on past and future travels. They are only staying overnight and are not into fossicking. Once the sun had set the temperature dropped quite quickly - expected minimum tonight is 3 degrees.
No photos today.