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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.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Final day of our travels and end to the perfect 6 month tour.

It was the final day of the Queensland tour. We decided to make a detour from Oberon to go and see the Zig Zag railway in Lithgow. A sorry sight greeted us, especially the steam engine and carriage. Such a shame as this was one train journey we would have enjoyed and would have been a fitting end to our adventure but following bush fires and then floods in 2013, it was closed until further notice. Restoration work had started and it was hoped that the railway be reopened in 2017. Judging by the state of the place this won't happen for a long time.

 A good hour was spent wandering around and ever mindful that snakes might be nearby, making as much noise as possible on the walk to the tunnel was a necessity. I chickened out going in, well one never knows what nasty surprises may be in store. Anything could be lurking especially here in Oz.

Heading back to Sydney we had one other stop to make. The very last waterfall of the trip, Wentworth Falls. The mist and low cloud had suddenly started to roll in and we were lucky to catch a glimpse when we did. A few minutes later and nothing could be seen.

This looked interesting. A walk under the cliff wall. Not enough time to do that and it was pouring with rain. Another one to do when we return in the future.

I cannot believe how time has gone by so quick. Almost seems like yesterday we flew into Sydney and that was for Liz and Rich's wedding last October. One last wedding to attend, our second niece Jennifer and Eddies on Saturday. The weather has been atrocious lately with heavy rain and thunderstorms most days. We are all keeping everything crossed that Saturday will stay dry.

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