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Friday, 26 May 2017

May Trip to Victoria

May Trip to Victoria

Tuesday 9th Day1
Was a great day for driving....blue sky ...no head wind.
First stop was Lameroo CP ...but after looking at the time (mid morning) we desided to travel on.
Second stop was Walpeup... but it was crowded...so we moved on yet again...heading south from there we ended up at Green Lake south of Sea Lake..been here so many times...pressure pump was fixed so we decided to stay a few days




Wednesday 10th Day2
Today we tried out our new Weber Baby Q ....Taco for breakfast ...roast chicken for dinner
Thursday 11th Day3
While walking around the lake...Rosie tripped over falling on her camera..hurting her upper lip..
Tonight was Weber cooking again with sausage rolls for dinner..eating them by camp fire
Friday 12th Day4
Moved on today.....dropped in on Lindsay at Berriwillock...then to Wycheproof to get 2 famous pies for lunch....then through Charlton to Skinners Flat before Wedderburn...where we made camp by the now full reservoir...campfire tonight
 
Saturday 13th Day5
Rosie tried to walk around the now lake but was blocked by the water over the track...campfire tonight
Sunday 14th Day6
We moved on today to Brim....been here so many times before

 
Monday 15th Day7
Spend day watching vans leave...more arriving..so many
Tuesday 16th Day8
same as other days...more leaving more taking their place...chatting to new arrivals

Wednesday 17th Day9
Same again........boring actually.....worst is the modem we use to get online internet seems to be dying
Thursday 18th Day10
All week we been waiting for rain......yep.....we went to Pub for dinner only to have it pour down all night......woke around midnight to see about 2" of water through our annex.........

Friday 19th Day11
Wet...wet.....foggy morning till late afternoon..trying to dry out the annex area

Saturday 20th Day12
Foggy again....annex walls are dry........packed them away...awning closed things not needed were put away.....leaving tomorrow

Sunday 21st Day13
Where to go......headed to Dimboola...then had a look at Serviceton...to slopey...an a busy body care taker......so onward...to Wolseley...to look at the WW2 fuel dumps
...then of all places Western Flat...about 30klms south of Bordertown ..60klms north of Naracoorte...arrived to see young ones packing up after a 250 people party the night before....we parked corner of the pines at the rear


Monday 22nd Day14
I dug out the flat pack fire pit...and Rosie cooked a pork roast in the campoven for dinner...wouldnt you know it....yep its raining...how the fire kept going was a miracle...had enough...we are going home tomorrow
Tuesday 23rd Day15
Early start.........fog most of the trip home...home by 12:30pm

Might not get away now till August.........we will see

ps: the modem had died.....Telstra replaced it as well as an antanna and a car kit and a battery to charge phone, tablets etc....for FREE!!

Thursday, 6 April 2017

West Victoria trip first for 2017



Day 1 Wednesday 22nd March
We finally headed off to Victoria...weather was crappy......but we have already waited 2 days to get away.
Decisions which way to go....will work it out when we reach Tailem Bend..well we headed south instead of Lameroo.......head winds all the way and dark skys...ending up at Lake Ratzcastle........left overs for dinner tonight
Day 2 Thursday 23rd
Woke to a hot 35c humid day
The area where we normally camp in the swamp was still flooded ..and grass was 400mm high
We got chatty with a couple from Portland who had caravan near the toilet block..telling us of some camping places they been too..........Rosie cooked roast chicken on choofer Mk11..tonight.....with out the lid on it

Day3 Friday 24th
Another hot and humid day....Rosie tried cooking egg and bacon in taco boats for my breakfast........worked ok
Day4 Saturday 25th
Another hot and humid day and windy too..Rosie did washing and hung it on our new clothes airer...we met a couple that built their own caravan....told couple shooters off for even thinking of firing their guns....Lake Ratz...is the only lake in the area no shooting allowed duck season......in middle of breeding season

Day5 Sunday 26th
Weather turned crappy......more people came and went.......Steve surprised us by turning up on his horse.....looked at home on it ..LOL..we thought of packing up and heading back into SA

Day6 Monday 27th
we packed up early and headed south to Edenhope to auto electrition to get a 35amp fuse that hopefully will fix the 12v battery problem in van and car...Solar panels been keeping them charged but the car one seems not to hold charge...........well got that done...had a look at Apsley on was through......not that great......ended up at Naracoorte Show Ground ($20 night powered site...caretakers now on site) while on power I tried out my new battery charger on the car battery.......it showed 13.1v but the full charge light on charger didnt light..

Day7 Tuesday 28th
Left the Show Ground and headed to Cockatoo Lake only to see it busy and people shooting at the lake so after doing 68klms today we ended up at Black Cockatoo Bush Camp ($20 night non power) instead of parking near the dam as we always do we went over the hill and set up near a shelter.....had a camp fire in a old brake drum...and watched the dark cloudy sky..Rosie did clothe washing

 Day8 Wednesday 29th
Wet day not a great day.....Liz showed us photos taken of camp area flooded taken Monday 20th......tossing up whether to go home day early
Day9 Thursday 30th
We stayed on but had most things packed...early morning was nice but storm clouds came in.....I was wondering if we made good choice in staying......but we had some good periods and turned out clear skys tonight by camp fire..
Day10 Friday 31st
Packed up early and was on road by 7:40am.....getting home around 1:15pm

Have a list of things to fix or change......after all said........this was first trip since last October

Thursday, 20 October 2016

October trip Victoria

Friday 30th September Day 1
Left home about 8am...headed to Milang via Finnis...only to see water over the road at Finnis....thought better report it to Allan....on arrival to his place ...his place was under water too at Milang...he had pumps going...but wasnt home...so on to Langhorne Creek.........but we couldnt even get there as roads were closed and in front of us was a sea as far as you could see.turned around and headed to Strathalbyn...on to the Callington Road...but again came accross flooded road...got through...and headed to Victoria...to Lake Ratzcastle....we worked out we been here 14 times since July 2013....on arrival...our spot was taken by others...so we camped near the entrance

Saturday 1st October Day 2
We set up the triangle top corners that gave us grief when it rained...we cut up a tarp...and with the little clamps we bought before trip...and guide ropes...it gave us shelter...worked quite well
Rest day was collecting fire wood for the flat pack fire pit....Rosie cooked full chicken roast in campoven
Sunday 2nd Day 3
We met Keith and Judy...fellow members of Caravanners Forum..
chasing fire wood today
Monday 3rd Day 4
spend day waiting on a friend Hugo...to meet up with us...but due to weather he decided not to visit
Had a look at the swamp area...wooooow has it filled in just over a week since we were last here
Tuesday 4th Day 5
The day was crap as always....we had planned to move on today...but stayed on as wind wouldnt let up...no fire tonight....but yep wouldnt you know........it was starry night

Wednesday 5th Day 6
Left Ratz early and headed through Horsham....then on to Warrackmabeal where we first called into Mitz dealer to check out why one the dash 4x4 lights werent working...was told get it fixed when back in Adelaide...nothing seemed broken...then get some extra food and fuel then on to Brim
Got to Brim....no one else here...had place to ourselves for 2 nights... no internet as we some how used 6.7GB of our 8GB allowance.........B&**d# Windows 10 new laptops
Thursday 6th Day 7
Very hot day.......blue of bluest of skys ....had dinner at Pub...parma night....had a campfire when we got back
Friday 7th Day 8
Warm day but cloudy...more arrived....but plenty room about....another fire tonight
                                                                   new cover over playground
Saturday 8th Day 9
they come they go....but this time they bought local ferrals all after noon and into evening the drunken bums were trashing the place...ladies couldnt go to showers with out males following them and banging on the doors
someone rang police...and after arriving the noise went quiet
We had a fire tonight....still no internet...might play games on laptop..........Ohhh! yahhhh!! my laptop is new no  games on it yet
Sunday 9th Day 10
Up early about 6:15am...helped a chap parked up the hill pick up broken bottles and empties...what a mess....the ferrals came back later to clean up some things and break camp...a police car patrolled the place during the day
2 ACC members parked next to us blocking the chap with the Jeep and jayco van that was close to us....I wasnt happy...but what can you do realy???
We are heading to Wychepoof tomorrow
Monday 10th Day 11
Left Brim this morning....headed through Birchip...to Wychepoof.
first port of call was the Bakery for some of their famous pies...then on to the Caravan Park..$20 night powered
afternoon saw us roaming the main street only to get very wet getting back to the van...later a van turned up on our right..then one on our left...no going behind a tree tonight Grrrrrr!!!
Tuesday 11th Day 12
I had a shitter of a night...couldnt stop reaching up blood due to coughing....what a mess...stayed on bed most of the day...freezing in morning...swetting in arvo...Rosie went for a walk in the afternoon climbed a lookout
Off to Green Lake in morning...hope I'm better

Wednesday 12th Day 13
Still feel crappy....but we packed up and headed toward Berriwillock...passing through one flooded town after another...arriving at Green Lake....had the place to ourselves for few hours...local Shire worker arrived and cut grass with ride-on..
Thursday 13th Day 14
woke to a great day....blue sky....collected wood....Rosie went for walk to find old town...found oval thats all....I spent most day asleep on bed....still croking
Friday 14th Day 15
another lovely day weather wise...campfire tonight

Saturday 15th Day 16
Rosie did washing...went for walk....prob 27c today......I still havent got over this flu....coughing big time..campfire tonight
Sunday 16th Day 17
Woke to a problem....the toilet/shower block...pressure pump died...no water in toilets or showers...I rang Shire...worker turned up agreed and said will get it sorted tomorrow...PP died....well tonight a local farmer came to have a shower and said the bottom block has died too....nothing working down there either............Hmmmm!!! whats going on...both blocks out??

Monday 17h Day 18
Rang Shire in morning....didnt seem interested...Ohhhh Well!!!!
Had a fire tonight...burnt up the wood we had in bags only to see it pour down most of the night...
                                                                           Goanna climbing tree
                                                                             baby noisy miners

Tuesday 18th Day 19
Woke to a very wet morning pack up....and headed to Sea Lake to get few groceries then across to Patchewollock where we are staying the night...powered $15...sharing the place with maybe 10 vintage trucks...been roaming Victoria








Wednesday 19th Day 20
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