Another peaceful night, the plan today was to head up to Forbes and maybe spend a couple of nights there. Well Murphy had a few other ideas, we had packed up and Chris started the Jackaroo on petrol to make sure all was still ok, only to find fuel pouring out under the Jack. So back under Chris went, he figured a fuel lead had come off somewhere, he checked all the ones he could get too. The only one he couldn’t check was the one attached to the fuel filter which is on top of the tank which the mechanics had replaced; it seems they didn’t attach the filter properly, grrrrrrrrrr. Since the Jack starts up on petrol it was pouring out fuel every time, potentially a dangerous problem. Chris pulled out the fuel pump replay to stop the fuel pump from working so we didn’t have fuel pouring out. So this means we are back to gas only, out come the maps as we plot our route over to the coast road. The reason we are taking the coast road rather than the inland route is there are more towns on the coast road and gas is more readily available so we won’t be stuck in between towns. As it is we will have to count km’s.
We headed towards Albury, then up the Hume Hwy stopping just short of Goulburn, a big day since we didn’t get away that early. We have stopped at a rest area about 4kms out of Goulburn; it is a rest area for all vehicles including trucks. We ended up staying up a bit late watching DVD’s as the trucks kept coming in and we figured we wouldn’t get to sleep anyway.
It was a cool night and as it turns out we are in a beaut spot, it seems we have managed to stumble onto one of the prime spots. We are on the bend in the river it is lovely and quiet and there are a few other caravanners. We are right on a beach area that slopes down to the Murray giving us uninterrupted views, very tranquil and peaceful. 2 dogs have just been playing in the water, lovely reflections are on the water there are lovely clear blue skies and most importantly no wind. We will chill out and unwind here for a least a day.
After lunch we had a walk around, and then went for a paddle in the Kayak first time this trip. Was nice and relaxing cruising up the Murray, trying to get close to some birds, paddled under the rail and road bridges before turning around and coming back to base. We then got a camp fire going, sat around watching the flames for a while before we baked up some yummy muffins, sitting by the fire while they cooked.
Had tea by the warmth of the fire under the stars before retiring for the night has been nice to unwind today.It is nice and relaxing sitting under the awning in the sun drinking a hot cuppa and eating a yummy muffin watching the Murray flow past.
We slept in a bit due to our big day yesterday so it was a bit of a rush to get out of the park on time. We have decided we had enough of this bad weather, wind, rain and cold. We couldn’t get out and do much in this weather. We decided to end the coast part of the trip here and head towards home, inland to hopefully a bit better weather and make a few stops on the way when we felt like it. As it was it was raining this morning and we had to pack up in the rain.
We left the park and went down to the Warrnambool Port to have a look they have built a break wall to protect the harbour area from the pounding seas. We did see wave’s crash over this several times, the sea was rough but not as rough as a few days before.
We didn’t end up leaving Warrnambool until about 11.30am, we had just planned to go as far as we felt like it and hopefully find a nice free rest area to stop. We made good time until we got to Melbourne and went on the Melbourne Ring Road. That was not so quick and we lost quite a bit of time there. You have to get a long way out of Melbourne before you can find a place to stop if any. Most were just truck parking areas, so we kept pushing on. We ended up stopping about 7pm at Tocumwal on a free camp area called Apex Beach on the Murray River right near the NSW and Vic border. We got lost at first and went to the wrong area; we eventually found it and a spot not quite sure what our camp area looked like or even if we were in a good spot as it was so dark.