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From Cowra to Conargo, NSW

Moving towards Cowra the scenery was similar with open plains and hills looking quite barren but speckled with cattle or sheep and wheat fields. After passing through Cowra and heading for Young the scenery changed. Young, being the gateway to the Riverina, introduced the new sights of cherry Farms and orchards with fewer cattle and crops. There was even a winery and grape vines. Took a break in Young to have a snack and to do the washing.

Finally after a quick circuit of the Historic Town of Wombat, the pub being the mainstay of the town and well serviced being a Saturday, we stopped for the night at Wallendbeen, at Mackay Park, where there are sculptures to honour the wheat industry.

 Upon entering Cootamundra explored the Birthplace of Bradman and also the Captain’s Walk, which was all the Australian Cricket Captains. All very interesting. I enjoyed the history and also the museum out the back which was full of memorabilia from the past. It brought back many memories.

As it was particularly hot on the road, after some breaks for Bella to have a walk and rest we continued onto Junee. A very tidy and pretty little town that advertised a bakery. Mouth-watering for something fresh pulled up and alas, it was closed (still had open sign out!!). Bell needed a walk so we had a little break but too hot to stay, so continued on towards Wagga Wagga.

Along the road was the similar scenery of the plains, but now interspersed with more crops and orchards, as we approached Wagga Wagga. Deciding to camp the night there I put the rest spot settings into the GPS and ended up along a dead end street. After this small detour, we found the rest area to stay the night.

The rest stop was nice and had a dump point, and water available. There were lots of sulphur-crested white cockatoos which were entertaining with their antics. I had a chat to a couple of fellow travellers, one of whom, Sue, was from WA and was going to the Solo’s Rally in Forbes.

 Took a scenic trip around Wagga Wagga through the memorial park whilst waiting for the Telstra shop to open, before setting off west towards Conango. Just heading out of town I saw a beautiful eagle take off from the side of the road. Outside Wagga Wagga and before Lockhart, was an indigenous field advertising a festival and was decorated by a large kangaroo, a large emu and a decorated car – I loved it!

 

Continued travelling through Jerilderie and onto Conargo for the night. Stinking hot at 42°, Belz and I were melting away and I ran the motor to keep the aircon on once we were parked for the night at Bill’s Park.