Sunday, 14 August 2011
Melbourne to Orange Roadtrip - a long long way
There was not much traffic. Many stops and change of driver. Lots of country bakeries and a couple of quirky lunch stops. Travelling as a vegetarian with a toddler was a challenge that most places met with a smile. We passed by windmills, parks, paddocks of cattle, museums, tea rooms, op shops. If we had had more time, I would have stopped at many more places. As it was, I have plenty to tell you, so maybe that was as much as we could fit in on this trip.
Canberra. I had packed some food for the trip. Pears, grainwave crisps, baked beans, carrot and tofu burgers, and bread rolls. Enough for dinner.
The Watcher on the Cast Iron Balcony.
Orange where we visited my sister and her partner. One great advantage of a road trip is having our car to drive around Orange and surroundings. A week later when we set out for home, Melbourne seemed a long long long way way.
Ettamogah Pub. This is like a Disneyland version of the traditional Aussie pub. However when were arrived there was no sign of life. It was like being on a deserted film set. The internet says it is still open so maybe they were closed between lunch and dinner. There were no clues. We left without satisfying E's thirst.
After racing to get to our destination before dark (and failing) on each leg of the journey, I begin to understand the phenomenon of the grey nomad. Once you have whizzed past these places in a hurry, it gives you a thirst for time to potter about in little museums and gift shops, to linger over a cuppa tea and a CWA bake, to stop at the side of the road and photograph whatever takes your fancy. Spending more time driving around the country at your own pace has a certain charm. Yet even our own little road trip gave a greater sense of the country where we live.
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