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Wandering around Bourke

Day 19 - Wednesday 29 May 2013

Todays forecast is 9 to 24 degrees - yesterday it eventually got to 23 so we broke out the shorts. Hopefully we will be in shorts and t-shirts for the next three months. At about 10:00 am David went into town for papers and to collect our first batch of re-directed mail from the Post Office. Thankfully there were no bills to be paid!

Early morning sun at Kidman's Camp

Early morning sun at Kidman's Camp

At about midday we went back into town to see the Crossley Diesel Engine started and running. It is started with compressed air and is run on a 60/40 mix of diesel and low ash oil - it can be run on sump oil. The engine is reminiscent of a steam engine and definitely shows it origins.

Crossley Diesel Engine running

Crossley Diesel Engine running

We returned to the caravan park for lunch and drove down to the Darling River just before 3:00 pm for a cruise on the Darling River on the PV Jandara. The cruise last for about an hour - 30 minutes down river then back again.

PV Jandra tied up at the pontoon

PV Jandra tied up at the pontoon

Flood markers on a nearby power pole - yellow 2 years ago - white last year

Flood markers on a nearby power pole - yellow 2 years ago - white last year

North Bourke Bridge from the River Darling

North Bourke Bridge from the River Darling

Manual winding mechanism for the old bridge

Manual winding mechanism for the old bridge

Swallow's nest under the new bridge

Swallow's nest under the new bridge

River Red Gum

River Red Gum

River Murray /Darling River Boat Flag

River Murray /Darling River Boat Flag

Passing under the North Bourke Bridge

Passing under the North Bourke Bridge

White Cockatoos in the trees

White Cockatoos in the trees

Darling River from the Jandra

Darling River from the Jandra

Model or the original Jandara

Model or the original Jandara

On the way back to the pontoon the skipper explained the survey process to keep the boat operational. Each year they have to pass an in-water survey, and once every 4 years they must pass an out of water survey. For the out of water surveys they float the boat into the billabong then pump the water out. when the survey is complete they knock down the wall at the front of the slipway and let the boat out. This year the river flooded again and they were able to float the boat out again without knocking down the front wall.

Entrance to the slipway billabong

Entrance to the slipway billabong

Slipway in the billabong

Slipway in the billabong

After returning to the caravan park we decided that we would replace the trailer plug on the caravan - all did not go well! We noticed that two wires in our existing trailer plug appeared to be connected incorrectly. We tried them this way and that way but always got problems when testing our trailer lights. We quickly got assistance from a couple of other caravaners in the park but could not resolve the problem before dark. We will have another go in the morning. One suggestion is that our van gets its earth return via the hitch when hitched up and at the moment it is plugged in but not hitched up.

We will continue the search tomorrow!

Posted by TwoAces 04:12

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