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In 1977 we hired our first narrowboat from Anglo Welsh at Market Harborough.From that moment our destiny was set. In 2006 we finally purchased our own brand new 57' narrowboat which we named 'Free Spirit'. Our aim is to travel the length and breadth of all the navigable rivers and canals of the UK. This will be our story as it unfolds.

Thursday, 8 December 2016

Not another problem with the car....and we have crossed the Murray River and back in NSW

Most of today was spent on the road. We took a detour to see the pretty town of Yackandandah in Victoria and stopped for lunch at Albury in NSW. Yes we had crossed the Murry river which separates Victoria from NSW.

So many flowering trees.

Should we adopt???

Cicada's were still singing their song and everywhere in the park was evidence of their outer shells.

And what a treat, I was so pleased to have two Forest Kingfishers land on a branch nearby.

Forest Kingfisher
After lunch we left for Waga Waga. Picking up speed to join the highway (speed limit of 110kmph)  Ian could feel something was wrong with the car. The steering wheel was vibrating and bouncing so the only thing to do was stop. The hard shoulder is not as wide as ours in the UK, so Ian had to pick his moment to get out. Thankfully the traffic was light although we did have several 36 wheeler trucks go flying past. (big b's they were) He checked round the van and car, tightened the wheel nuts again but could find nothing wrong. So off we went only to get another 100yds down the road to have to stop again. In the distance a slip road about 0.5km away so doing no more then 40kmph we limped off the highway. Another stop and another look around. Nothing was found and nothing has been found but a stone did hit the side of the car as we picked up speed again. Ian thinks this may have been lodged in the tyre causing the wheel to be out of balance. Anyway we rejoined the highway with no more problems and made Waga Waga by 4pm. Found a campsite on the showground. $20 a night with water and power. Toilets are a bit dire but we have the 'Trotter horses' (harness racing) stabled not far and only 3 other vans for company. The railway is directly behind the caravan but so far only one train has come through. A goods train that took over 5 minutes to pass!

Then another walk toward Waga Waga 'beach'. Yes there is a beach on the river Murumbidgee. Several people were enjoying a cool swim. With the afternoon temperatures now at 34° I could have easily joined them.

 Another 260km to do tomorrow so may have an early start.

And wildlife,

Bit different to our Ladybirds.

At the caravan park at Beechworth

Musk Lorikeet


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