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Melbourne to Jerilderie.

Tuesday 24 May 2016

Although we had some rain overnight, today was generally fine and mild with little wind for our trip of 326 km to Jerilderie.

We waited until about 9:30 am for the traffic to subside before heading off. Once we were on the road we heard on the radio that there had been a horrific crash on the Calder Freeway between the Western Ring Road and the Tullarmarine Freeway. A fully loaded TOLL B-Double fuel tanker carrying 60,000 litres of fuel had collided with 6 or 7 cars before coming to rest on top of one of the cars which was completely crushed. At least one person was killed and about 6 injured. The Freeway was closed in both directions for the rest of the day. This meant that there was traffic chaos on on the Western Ring Road between Ballarat Road and the Hume Freeway as already heavy traffic tried to find an alternate route into the City. Trucks, trucks and even more trucks!

As we were heading north we were eventually clear of the worst of the traffic, travelling on the Hume Freeway and the Goulburn Velley Highway. We stopped for fuel and a coffee at the Service Centre just before Seymour, and again for another coffee at the bakery in Finley. Tonight we are free camping at Billabong Creek near Jerilderie.

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Lunch stop at Finley

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Camped at Billabong Creek

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Billabong Creek

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Billabong Creek Free Camp area at Jerilderie.

Posted by TwoAces 01:12

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