MAKE HAY WHILE THE SUN SHINES

Trip Start Feb 10, 2012
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Trip End Jun 10, 2012


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BIF4 Holiday Park

Flag of Australia  , New South Wales,
Monday, March 5, 2012

This morning was quite depressing.  Vinnie slept in the camper van with me last night to a) keep me company because I was scared and b) to keep himself company because he was scared too!  It was the fear of the unknown.

  At 8.30 am we walked up to the petrol statiion to see how things were going.  They weren't going at all. The crew that were to pump out the water hadn't arrived and the garage owner seemed more depressed than us!  Also, his card reader wasn't working so if he ever did get petrol we would have to pay cash.  We clubbed our money together and had just about enough.  But there was a bank in town so "no worries" we could always get more.

The thought of spending a few days in this place was beyond thinking about and the bank was shut because the computers had been affected by the flood. Cheers. With head hung low I slunk back to tell Vinnie the good news.  "Do you want the bank?" *Yes, we will need money to pay for petrol, supposing the garage ever gets any" "Why don't you go up to the Newell Highway, they have petrol" "We tried yesterday and they were shut" "They're open now, let me phone them and make sure they still have some". 

This glorious angel was sitting outside the cafe with several other people and we got chatting.  Sure enough the petrol was available and yes, I could charge up my laptop in the cafe. But all the road were closed so we would have to stay put for a while anyway.  So I guess the moral of this story is not to take people at face value.

When we went for petrol we asked the guy that was stopping people on the road to Griffin if the road to Narrendera was open. That was where we got turned around yesterday  Yes it was, but he didn't know about the road to Hay.

Suddenly the world became a friendlier more optimistic place. With computer battery charged, lunch in our bellies and a full tank of petrol we set off for Narrendera thinking that at least it was a sizeable settlement if we couldn't get through to Hay.  On the way we pre-booked our camper site (another site with electricity and a private bathroom).  She asked where we were coming from. When she heard we were coming Narrendera she said "you had better hurry, they are just about to close the road". 

I think that we may have been the last ones through because the guy that stopped us looked hesitant and then said "oh OK, on you go then, but take care".  I should say that a couple of nights ago 3 young men were swept away and one drowned, so it is very dangerous when it's like this.
 
But we got through and the weather at Hay is sunny and 25C.  In fact the forecast for our journey into Alelaide is sunny and fine for the next few days.  Whew.  We are considering staying here for a couple of days because the facilities are pristine and there's  even a pub nearby.  Vinnie went to explore it a while ago and he hasn't returned yet.  I hope he remembers that he's cooking Spaghetti Carbanera tonight. 
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Doglover on

Rain - what's that? Here in the south of England we've had beautiful spring-like weather. A bit cold, though.

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