“One day Alice came to a fork in the road and saw a Cheshire cat in a tree. Which road do I take? she asked.
Where do you want to go? was his response. I don’t know, Alice answered. Then, said the cat, it doesn’t matter”
Car and Caravan look “country” now
As we write this from Charleville Queensland we have traveled 1470 km in 7 days. So far we have experienced about 7 “long” roads. On the Great Western Highway, we were competing with thousands of other vehicles for road real estate. Once we branched off after Lithgow, however, “highway” describes a two-lane road, usually well-sealed and maintained but with little traffic to distract us from enjoying the scenery. It’s been a wet start to 2010 in Eastern Australia, so everything has been green and lush.
On our trip to Tullamore we saved lots of distance by taking the local back road from Peak Hill. After about 20 km of good, narrow bitumen we were faced by 40 kms of wet, red dirt road. While it was wide and well graded compared with some we have experienced, there had been heavy rain in the past 24 hours and deep puddles and mud often covered our way. The photo shows the road in one of the better stretches where it was possible to get out with the camera. Soon after, the car and the caravan were heavily caked with red mud, all over. We have now decided to avoid dirt roads where possible!
Leaving two days later, the local road from Tullamore to Nyngan via Tottenham was straight smooth and flat bitumen for 140 km, with fields rich and green with potential crops, stretching to the horizon on both sides.
In another two days driving the Mitchell Highway we have covered 850 km. During that time we have seen 2 motorcycles, dozens of trucks and caravans beyond counting. Grey Power!
In the next 19 weeks we hope to travel 20,000 km, over more than 20 major roads before we rest our heads at home again.
It’s a long, long road!