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Coonabarabran to Glen Innes

Friday 27 August 2016

Fine and sunny today with a maximum of about 14 degrees in Glen Innes.

We were packed up and on the road by about 9:45 am for a long day of 399 km travelling via Gunnedah where we got fuel, Tamworth and then Armidale before arriving at Glen Innes at about 3:30 pm where we filled up with fuel again and emptied the holding tanks. We travelled from Coonabarabran to Tamworth via the Oxley Highway, and then we switched to the New England Highway just north of Tamworth. We were pleased to leave Tamworth behind as the main highway through the town has about 20 small roundabouts that must drive the truckies mad.

Just north east of Tamworth we passed an ominous sign First Moonbi Hill, but worse was to come when got to the Second Moonbi Hill. We were down to 1st gear and 40 kph on the first hill and 35 kph on the second hill. We were gaining however on a B-Double on the second hill, but he reached the top before we needed to pass him. The Moonbi Range forms a spur of the Great Dividing Range where the North West Slopes meet to the Northern Tablelands. The Moonbi Range rises from 500–1,300 metres and has long slow climbing lanes on each side.

There was a lot of lovely autumn colour particularly around the towns we passed through today. Near Tamworth and Armidale there were lots of very new advertising hoardings for someone called Barnaby - he must have plenty of money in his re-election kitty. On the other hand we only saw 2 signs for Tony Windsor - and one of those showed him with Juliar so it may not have been his.

We are spending the night at the Beardy Creek Rest Area which is a free camp about 8 km north of Glen Innes. At the moment there are two other vans here for the night. Shortly after we arrived we had a knock on the door - would you believe it was two Jehova's Witnesses handing out their pamphlets. You're not safe from God-botherers anywhere.

Posted by TwoAces 23:08

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