Day 37 - Bede's farm to home in Sydney
Trip Start Apr 17, 2012
37Trip End May 27, 2012
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We walked around to where the house used to be and imagined ourselves there a few years ago, we had some fond memories of the old location. Our walk then continued on down to the creek which for the first half of the past decade has been dry, it now had a nice stream of water flowing down it which was good to see
Before we knew it, it was midday and we still has a 4 hour drive to get home. Now the woes of going home were becoming real. We kept our heads up and made it as much of a fun experience as possible under the circumstances after 37 days of pure freedom. We packed up the van and dragged ourselves into action. On the way out it was interesting to see how much the place had changed since our last visit. So much bush had grown since the end of the drought that some parts were unrecognisable. A lot of the track had washed away too, 5-10 years ago we used to bring the van and 2wds up here quite regularly but now it was a challenge requring some clearance to get around some washed out bits of track which made it much slower than it used to be but we got and and re-shut the gates.
And so we were on our way home. The first thing was to get some coffee on the way somewhere, Ilford had nothing so we kept going on to Running Stream where we stumbled across a little cafe restaurant called Foxwood Farm
The rest of the Bells Line wasn't too bad as we caught up to a chain of traffic which we were able to keep up with so it was pretty relaxed. At 4pm we got home. After 8000km and 37 days we had done 4 border crossings in 3 states. Over 20 crossings of the Murray-Darling and their tributaries, zero roadkill, several days and nights without showering and some hair-raising and scary moments, as well as a whole wealth of happy, fond and lifelong memories we will treasure forever, we were now back home. Before we had even finished unpacking we found the showers too tempting. I did 2 x soapings and a triple shampoo - I never felt cleaner!