03.10.2010 22 °C
Week 2 – 2nd October
Headed into Warby Range State forest which is about 20km out of Wangaratta. Set up camp and went into Wangaratta for the afternoon. Found a playground to amused the kids while we made use of some phone service.
Had a day off and repaired a few things. Evan learnt to use the brakes on his bike and stand up on the pedals. Still waiting for the first major stack.
Spent another night at Warby Range then went through to Beechworth. Simone had a field day in all the shops. Picturesque town but very commercial. Caravan park was extortionate for a patch of grass down a pokey gravel track.
Temperature was noticeably colder up here in the foothills of the high country.
Went to Bridge road brewery and sampled a few. Local AA’s meet at 8am Saturday here. Must be some sort of recovery session:
Local garage had a selection of vintage equipment obviously still in use:
Thursday off to Yackananda. Local businesses not afraid of diversification:
The local museum was burnt out a few years ago and only recently re-opened. The staff were really good with the kids:
Poked about the main street:
Camps on the side of the road are a bit scarce in this area so we ended up at Nug Nug south of Myrtleford. Big flat grassy area beside a river with powered sites. Run by some camping committee who lease the land of DSE. Stayed 3 nights:
Met an old local (well his family had been in Myrtleford since 1856) who said there was no tobacco grown here anymore, and only 2 hop farms closer to Bright.
Fire, beer etc
Friday - took the kids to the river and introduced them to chucking rocks in. Entertained them for a good hour or so.
Went into Myrtleford for a BBQ at the local playground. Found a puddle of oil under the front of the car. Power steering fluid sprayed in most directions. Found a hose had blown so went to the local engineering/hydraulics joint to get a new one made.
Saturday went to Lake Buffalo for lunch
Then back to camp for a swim. Today was fairly warm - t shirt and almost shorts so the kids wanted a swim. Water was freezing as it was probably snow yesterday, so the kids only got their ankles wet.
We’ve now had week of camping with no phone service, and had to buy the local paper to check what day it is.
From here off to Bright then over the hill and up toward Talangatta.
Sunday - Camped in Porepunkah, just outside Bright. Evan got gastro so have half his cloths and most of his bed in the wash.