Trevor, Carol & Gracie go on the road again.. travel blog

Wow that was nice< what was it?

Our first house

and again, who can remember it?

At the Summit, quick back in the car....

Below Carcoar Dam

Justin was born here in 1975 just as the Tanks were rolling...


Drove to Orange this morning. Its changed a lot since we lived here (as one may expect). The Bathurst Orange Development Corporation were trying to develop the 2 cities back then – yet another Government football/hot potato that achieved little....We had a look around town took a cuppla shots of our first house, part of the deal of moving to Orange was that you got a new house....

Then drove out to Mt Canobolas via “The Pinnacles”... Mount Canobolas is as claimed the highest point in New South Wales west of the Great Dividing Range, but is not, as is sometimes claimed, the highest point between Australia's Great Dividing Range and Africa, with both Mount Zeil in Australia's Northern Territory and Mount Woodroffe in South Australia being higher, at 1,531 metres and 1,435 metres respectively. This would in any case be an insignificant claim to fame, since many of the tallest peaks in the Great Dividing Range are in fact further west than Mount Canobolas is. For example, Mount Bogong in Victoria at 1,986 metres and 36°44′S 147°18′E is 591 metres higher and almost a degree and a half longitude further west. Putting that aside it was freezing and blowing a gale at the summit, the sleet preventing a spectacular view...

Drove down to Lake Canobolas and note that there is no camping there any more, strictly day use only... The Hospital has been moved to, its now out adjacent to Bloomfield Asylum err sorry “hospital”..... Lunch was at the Orange Diggers, today’s special was meatloaf with “baine marieed” veg.... hmm then into the coffee lounge for a cuppa and a slice of what looked like Lemon Meringue pie to equal that served at the Paragon at Goulburn, but it wasn't anywhere near as good, Chef had run out of lemons it would have appeared....

Had a look around town, we both worked at Email in those days before Carol went to work at the Hospital. Email is now Electrolux, the buildings haven’t changed, I wonder if their technology has changed, do they still use “spark eroders”? I used to like them, making the Carbon electrodes was hours of fun... Took a pic of the "old" maternity ward where our eldest son was born, it was a deep recession then and I had found temporary work at the Tech teaching the Nurses woodwork of an evening...

Found a Sam’s and stopped off to buy some batteries and a small shovel to dig away dirt so that the rear (or front) legs of the van can be lowered on sloping sites.

We meandered home through Millthorpe, Blayney and Carcoar. I used to have a steam launch on Carcoar Dam but the dam is now polluted and there is no Swimming, Fishing, Boating or anything but “looking” allowed. The sign said that there are no powered sites and no running of leads from the amenities block and its $25 a night, presumably because you can see the water.... Its absolutely amazing how a few scoops of ash into the water (from said Steam Launch) in 1973 could cause such damage.....

I received an email from the chap who runs the Turon Technology Museum out between Sofala and Ilford viz: http://www.hermes.net.au/turon/ And I phoned him and he said he was going to open the museum just for us tomorrow. This is important why? Well my Maternal Grandfather used to work on one of the gold dredges on the Turon River until 1914 when he enlisted to go off to WWI and this chap has actual pictures and some parts of the dredge. The House where he lived in Sofala is now a memorial. Hopefully it will stop trying to snow overnight and be a bit less inclement and save us the walk in.....



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