We’ve had a very nice day, getting up late and fiddling around here for the morning. We did some washing. A large number of Army trucks and personel have arrived and are camped on the oval. Apparently this is one of the places they come to regularly. Stephen asked one of the men what they had been doing and was told they were part of the recent defence force games. On the whole they are pretty quiet. A large building has been set up as their mess, but they are using the same showers and toilets as us.
We went for a walk back into the town centre. It was possibly not quite as attractive in normal lighting as in the twilight last night. The Art Gallery didn’t have much on display. Lunch at a small Indian restaurant was a success however. We had wraps for $5.00 vegetarian for me and $6.00 chicken for Stephen, much cheaper than across the road at the cafe, and freshly made, hot and delicious. We also had mango lassi drinks for $3.00 each. We found it so filling we had to sit for a while afterwards.
We came back to the van for a rest, then went to the Aquatic Centre for the hot springs experience. We mostly spent time in the slightly cooler pool, the other one was a bit of a challenge after a little while, I felt like I was cooking. It was recommended to only stay in the hot one for 10 minutes, but some people spent at least half an hour. We had been told that people can feel very tired afterwards, which is partly why we went at about 4.30 p.m. We enjoyed watching the sunset whilst there. We are feeling a bit tired, but not overly so. We are hoping that our visit to the hot springs leads to getting a really good night’s sleep.
The showgrounds has become very filled up tonight with a lot more vans than last night. However, it is still quiet, and having a van close to us will hopefully block a bit of the light from a nearby lamp post. I expect having lots of light here is a safety measure, but a little bit less would be nicer.
Just a few photos from today.
We are well located here within a fairly short walk of the shops and the Aquatic Centre.
There has been fall out from the ABC 4 Corners program on water theft. We are still 1,000 kms from Broken Hill. It will be interesting to talk with people there and see how things are progressing. They had thought they would have to build a pipeline to supply water to the town, but if this report stimulates and enquiry that leads to more water flowing downstream the town may not have to go to the expense of a pipeline. We are following the story with interest as we are visiting some of the towns mentioned in the ABC report.
I didn’t get around to the blog last night, so catching up this morning. On Monday night at Goondiwindi Stephen had a bad episode of gastric reflux. He was able to get a pain relief puffer (Penthrox) from paramedics. He had ECG at the hospital emergency department. There was a long wait to see a doctor, and as the pain had receded he decided to call it quits at about 11.30 p.m., so we went home to sleep. We took the Winnie to the hospital in case we were going to be there overnight.
We were able to slot into our spot at the park, turned off the alarm clock, and slept until about 8.30 a.m. We took it easy in the morning and then went into town to the bakery for some fresh bread before heading to Moree. Last night we were at the showgrounds in Moree, $22 per night with water and power. There are toilets with hot showers and a laundry. As good as a caravan park, with lots of space, and much cheaper. Plus there is no 10.00 a.m. deadline for getting out. Stephen was told we could stay until mid afternoon if we wanted to.
Mind you, we were told about meals at the Moree Services Club nearby, and after a walk into the town centre we went there for a meal. We signed on for temporary membership and, for once, had individual meals rather than sharing. Afterwards, we were invited to take the Courtensy Bus home. The driver showed us the Aquatic Centre which has public hot springs available very cheaply at the concession rate of $6.00, or normal for $8.00. Many of the caravan parks and hotels also have hot spring pools available.
I was all for staying another night to explore the town, which has attractive buildings, both older style and Art Deco, which we couldn’t see clearly in the dark. Going to the Aquatic Centre was also on my mind. This morning Stephen said he didn’t feel up to driving, so what did I want to do! I, of course, chose to stay another night to have a rest and get ready for the next two days of driving to Bourke.
We were watching the 4 Corners report on theft of water from the Murray Darling by cotton growers and other businesses. It makes a difference to hear about these things when we are in the area and on our way to Broken Hill, the town that almost ran out of water because of the theft. I hope the report sparks outrage and something is done about it. Many people do care about the environmental damage of so much water being taken out of the river illegally. I suspect that the cotton growing and other businesses will do very well indeed on the amount of water they are legally entitled to, it’s just that they get greedy and want more and more.