Back On The Road

A violent storm brought an end to our stay at Sheepscombe. Time to move on. It’s a long long way to Tasmania. We were up early packing the final things into Geoffrey who had come out of a years hibernation in fine fettle. Final things included enough Sheepscome produce to keep us going for a week.

It was great to be back on the road and a long first day took us back to Tamworth where we had been met off the train a few days previously and then the quickest road south. With stunning scenery we dodged around the Great Dividing Range doing a 50km track between two main roads. We finished our day at an old goldmining town called Sofala where we had picked a free camping spot from our camping guide. Of course you never know what you are going to get until you arrive but this one was a beaut a few miles outside the village alongside the river.

Our second day took us through Bathurst which is the home of the Mount Panorama Race Circuit, one of the best in Australia. The first Australian Grand Prix was held there in 1938. It’s now famous for the Bathurst 12 Hour. There are two or three things that make this 6.2km circuit special. One is that it goes up to 900 metres above sea level with spectacular views from the top. The twisting steep turns going up and the S’s coming down create some of the most challenging motor racing anywhere. But even better is that the whole circuit is part of a public scenic drive that is open to anyone except on race days and so we took Geoffrey round this totally empty circuit for a couple of laps. The fastest time recorded was in 2011 in the Formula 1 McClaren of Jensen Button in a time of 1.48.88. We won’t print our lap time because it wasn’t helped by roadworks on the steepest part of the circuit and by being stopped by a stop/go man with his lollipop!

We finished another long days driving at Jugiong with free camping once again on the showground. Another lovely camping spot with the benefit of an open air swimming pool.

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