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Onwards to Bourke


Day 9 July 4. We departed the main Weir Campground near Menindee and returned to thr Menindee/Broken Hill road for 10 km then turned north onto the Darling River Run Western track for 138 km of dirt track towards Wilcannia.
It was a slow but relatively comfortable trip and on the way John and Jan Macklin caught up with us. They had been in a caravan park near Menindee for 3 days.
Just 13km south of Wilcannia a kangaroo leapt out of the scrub in front of Pommy Bob and hit the front right hand headlight breaking it and then hit his right hand driving mirror and smashing it as well.
We drove into Wilcannia and refuelled. Bob phoned his insurance company to obtain instructions and as a result we headed for Cobar so that an auto electrician may be able to make some repairs. We travelled along the Barrier Highway and have camped for the night just 63 km west of Cobar (196km east of Wilcannia).

Day 10 July 5. Pommy Bob left the campsite quite early this morning to race to Cobar to see if he could get some repairs done. We all followed some 1.5 hours later and when we arrived in Cobar we found Bob and saw his temporary repair job. He is hoping that this will be good enough till we get home.
We had morning tea after doing some shopping then headed north towards Bourke. On the way we stopped for lunch near a sign for the Bourke Shire about 86 km south of Bourke.
We finally arrived at Bourke and booked into the Kidman Camp Caravan park for 2 nights. Everyone did a mountain of washing and drying and tonight we are going to have dinner supplied (at a cost) by a bush poet in the park.
The evening meal and the poetry were just great even though the weather was very cold we had campfires going to sit around.

Day 11 July 6. This morning we all decided to do our own thing so first up WE drove to the Back of Bourke Exhibition Centre then into the town of Bourke where we had a look at the replica wharf and the old Crossley Engine on the banks of the darling River.
Next stop was at the Bourke cemetery where we visited the grave of the eye surgeon Fred Hollows; a well known Australian.
We then drove back to the old North Bourke opening bridge. It has been bypassed by a new structure however the old one looks much better.
We drove back through town and out some 8 km to the site of the old lock and weir.
At the weir site there were 3 diesel engine pumping water up from the Darling River into an irrigation channel to supply water for cotton farming.
We came back into town to have lunch and to look at the Crossley Engine running
By this time we had just about had enough for the day so did a little shopping and returned to the van for afternoon tea and a relax before "Happy Hour".
We have booked in for a further night here at Bourke.
PS. Forgot to mention before that somehow or other George's hot water system has started to work OK.

Posted by Bobnhiroe 22:58 Archived in Australia

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