ONE DAY FROM DISASTER

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


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Big4 Mildura Deakin Holiday Park

Flag of Australia  , Victoria,
Tuesday, March 6, 2012

It has been amazing how we have managed to stay one day ahead of the floods. As we left Canberra they were evacuating communities, Muswellbrook, Dubbo, were begining to get evacuation warnings when we arrived, Forbes is now cut off and totally under water as is Grenfell and Young. If we hadn't left Ardlethan when we did we would have been marooned there until Thursday. As it was we were probably the last to be allowed on the road to Hay.  Vinnie was told in the pub last night that the road was closed after we passed through because they were expecting the levi to be breached.  The levi is 8.2 mtrs high and they were expecting the river to torrent at 8.6 mtrs. How lucky is that?  And as for Wogga Wogga - they have had to evacuate 8000.  And to think, this ends a 10 year drought.

Last night we stayed in Hay which felt safe, but we decided to get another day ahead of the floods and are now in Mildura on the way to Adelaide. They don't recon that the floods will reach here for another 2 weeks.

Another couple on the site here in Mildura recognised us from Forbes and it turned out that they live in Cardiff, where we stayed after driving north of Sydney when Canberra flooded, and we have been virtually shadowing each other ever since.  They are also heading for the Barrossa Valley north of Adelaide.  How about that for a co-incidence? I mean, in a huge country to have left the same town on the same day and to be heading for the same area is pretty weird.

But if you want to hear of a REAL co-incidence another fellow traveller wandered over to look at our camper van because he was thinking about buying one.  We got to talking and it turned out he moved out to Australia 30 years ago from Leicester. Vinnie told him that his brother manages a pub called the Marquis Granby in Leicester and it turned out to be this guys local when he lived there!  Hows about that?

We are going to stay on here another day to rest up a bit and plan to visit a place called Orange World (www.orangeworldmildura.com.au) tomorrow.  It has been recommended to us as being particularly interesting. 

By the way, our Carbanara was spectacular last night and tonight we had steak, salad and corn.  Another great meal.
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Doglover on

Australia seems to be a place for coincidences. My nephew Jeremy broke down on some unending and unfrequented road in the back of Oz's beyond. Eventually a car came the other way. He flagged it down and the driver got out and said, "Hello, Jeremy!" They had been at the same school in their early years and were each in their gap year!

carol aitken on

Hi Ann been following your travel blog this is the 1st time i,ve posted so hope it works. Would love to be there with you only i'm not too keen on the floods.

Mare Freeborn on

Hope you stay ahead of the floods. Hurry! Loving your blog, as usual.

retiredandcrazy
retiredandcrazy on

I actually have had amazing co-incidents in other parts of the world too DogLover. Only goes to show what a small world it is doesn't it?

retiredandcrazy
retiredandcrazy on

Thanks for leaving the comment Carol. It's nice to know that I'm not blogging to an empty world. Txt me and let me know how you're doing.

retiredandcrazy
retiredandcrazy on

Well ahead of the floods now Mare. In fact the weather is glorious. Not too hot, just perfect.

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