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Trip Start Sep 28, 2009
Trip End Apr 22, 2011

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Poplar Caravan Park

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Saturday, October 9, 2010


Saturday 9th October 2010

Time to move on again but not before a quick visit to the Woolgoolga Saturday Market, which consisted of twenty stalls on a village green, but still worth a look. I got chatting to a woman who I recognised from the Kombi Festival at Old Bar, she sold great hippy dresses and tops.  While I was talking to her, Gary nipped off to buy some avocados, he came back with Pecan nuts...apparently they were a bargain.  There was a singer called Errol Gray playing his guitar and singing the funniest ozzie songs, he sounded a bit like Kevin 'Bloody' Wilson but without the swearing.  Gary like him so much he bought a CD and we’ve listen to it over and over and over again.

Our first trip with the bikes on the back, I am not saying we are worried about them but we have secured them with five bungees and two straps, as well as two bicycle locks in case some takes the whole bike rack with the two bikes on it......my husband worries.

Distance 217km
Accommodation                   $22
Weather                              Overcast - 13 degrees
Elevation                             1100

We arrived in Glen Innes 1100 metres up, Celtic Country, first pioneered by the Scots in 1852.  I am not sure what came first the Scots making it like Scotland or the fact that is looked like Scotland that the Scots settled here, but either way the scenery as you drive in is so beautiful you could be in Inverness or the like.  The only noticeable difference was..... no whiskey trail.

We had planned to stay for a couple of days and have a ride round on our bikes, but like Scotland the weather was cold and wet, so we huddled up for the night and then drove to all the sights in the morning.

Sunday 10th October 2010

We struggled to get out from under our duvet, five more mins went on for two hours before it then became a bit of a rush to leave the campsite on time.  In true Scottish style they have created their very own standing stones.  However these ones are only twenty two years old but are the first standing stones built in over 3000 years.  We took a trip down to have a look, there are thirty eight stones, 24 representing the 24 hours, four marking North, South, East and West, seven marking the summer and winter solstices and three in the middle representing Scotland, Ireland, IoMan, Wales, Cornwall, Brittany and Australia.  I waited for Gary before entering the stones, didn’t want to get sent back 200 years (you’ll need to read Diane Gabaldon’s books to know what I mean).  We looked round the stones and then ran round them to get warm before heading into town.  The town was very Australian as it had big wide streets with very historic looking building and shops.  

Back on the road to a town called Casino, the views where fantastic on the way down through the rolling hills and misty valleys.  We stopped for lunch outside a town called Tenterfield, we had some steak that needed eating (on special at the supermarket) so we stopped at a free BBQ in a park and Gary went over fry them up for steak sandwiches. The sky’s opened again shortly after lunch and the rest of the journey was through a horrible drizzly rain than never really got going.  It made everywhere misty and ruined any decent landscape photos. 

Distance 222km
Accommodation                   $24
Weather                              Raining - 22 degrees

We arrived in Casino shortly after 4pm, Casino doesn’t have a Casino but it is the Beef Capital of Australia which also excited Gary.   We booked into the campsite for one night but then went back and changed it to three nights, in hope that if we hang around long enough the rain will stop following us but also because they had a three day wifi package for $15 which is cheap. We were able to call the folks.

Monday 11th October 2010

We have a leak, drip, drip, drip all night, 6am we are both outside in our pyjamas attaching bungees to a tarpaulin that is draped over the roof of the van in hopes it will stop the darn leak. We are awake now, but it seems to have done the trick, time for a shower.  The rain didn’t let up all day, so we stayed in the van all day reading books, surfing the net and snacking. We must get on the bikes tomorrow.

Tuesday 12th October 2010

The rain has stopped, well not stopped completely but enough that we can get out on our bikes.  All geared up we ride into town.  First stop is the Information Centre to get some leaflets on the area we are in and a few tips on where we are off to next.  We had a ride round town and visit to the butcher to buy some steak, well it’s a must when you are in the beef capital of Australia.   On the way back to the campsite the sun came out and it was lovely riding with the sun on our faces.  It also stayed out long enough to dry everything out, our shoes were one thing that kept getting wet and never drying out which often left a funny smell in the van.....but that might just be Gary!

Last night in Casino, off to Nimbin tomorrow......hippy village!!!
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