I WISH WE HAD AN ARC
Trip Start Feb 10, 2012
51Trip End Jun 10, 2012
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About 50Km from Forbes we were diverted. The road ahead was flooded, so was the road that we were diverted onto, but we were told to drive in1st gear and on the right hand side of the road in the first flood and the left hand side of the road in the next two! He said, "no worries, if you get stuck the council lorry will pull you out". Bear in mind that this is miles from anywhere. We had only seen two cars on the journey and there are no villages or interesting little visitor centres along the way.
We proceeded with caution and fear, and every 50 Km or so passed through small towns where the people all looked as if they were related
After about 3 hours we finally came back onto the road we had been diverted from. Not long now. Griffith had long been a wistful wish, but at least if we got to Hay we would be guaranteed a camp site or lodgings for the night. But no. about 100 Km down the road we were stopped. "And where do you think you are going so fast", "Hay", " You won't get to Hay down there, it's flooded, You can try if you like but you won't get through". Vincent nearly said "is the flood as big as your attitude?" but refrained. "Didn't they tell you not to come down here?" I said a silent "Well, yes, and that's why we came this way you arragant tosser".
So back we came, to another village of the damned whose only petrol station had water in the tanks because of the flood. There's no lodgings, the only campsite has one lonely derilict surrounded by bottles and the nearest alternative petrol station is 80 Km away. So here we are, parked at the raiulway yard, beside the public loo which was 1' under water last night, waiting for tomorrow when the petrol station can pump out the water and get more petrol! (Hopefully!)
But, always look on the bright side of life, dedum, dedum, dedum. We have left over cold sausages from last night and Vinnie is whipping up a few tortillas for our delictation and has just presented me with a nice glass of chilled wine. What more you I wish for? .