The best camp of all! Tonight we are home after quite a long drive south from
West Wyalong. We left before 9.00am and travel totalled 358 km.Travelling through the Riverina area is quite distinctive with the wide flat areas of country and homes quite far apart. Murray Pines also become an important part of the scenery.
Thankfully the farmlands gradually became greener apart from several paddocks of cultivated salt bush which were being enjoyed by a few cattle. Salt bush is a lovely soft grey/green colour and is used to feed stock in times when feed is in short supply. The drought conditions further north are devastating for farmers and small towns. Today we estimate having met as many as 25 - 30 semi-trailer loads of hay being transported to some of these farming communities. Many rivers and creeks further north have been completely dry so it was good to cross the Murrumbidgee River at Narrandera. It, too, was running quite low.
|Sign post to Oaklands|
John and I have both had ancestors on the land in this Riverina area. John's Great Uncle George Harry Brown farmed at Yuluma and about 100km south my Grandfather and Grandmother, Rosa and Ormond Desailly, lived, and I presume, managed a property at Oaklands. The Riverina was popular with a number of other Desailly family members as well.
Distinctly, as soon as we passed the Murray River at Corowa, crops looked healthy and very green. Good news... there has been some rain while we have been away. Further on through Wangaratta the Ovens River is running strongly.
Soon after our arrival home Cynthia called and then David. What a very pleasant surprise to catch up with family and happenings so soon. We are thankful for a safe and healthy trip. Distance travelled over the 8/9 weeks away was 5340 km.
In a week or so I will post a map of our journey to Byron Bay and return.