Day 12 – Branxholme to Serviceton
Pommy Bobs friend from the UK has had to make an emergency flight to Adelaide – her son is in an induced coma following an accident. Bob really wants to go to Adelaide to offer support so we have decide to change out trip somewhat.
We are going to take some short cuts across to try to get to Adelaide as soon as possible.
We arrived in Hamilton and we were going to spend a few minutes having a look at the oldest Botanical Garden in Victoria which is here. Unfortunately a power pole jumped out from the side of the road and ripped off the awning on Bob’s van. If you have a look at the photo you will see that the pole leans over the road and the camber on the road made the van lean in towards the pole even though the wheels of the van were about 30 cm from the kerb.
A few phone calls to insurance company and a repair shop and we loaded the demolished awning in Bob’s van and visited the repair shop. Luckily they were able to make some emergency repairs and arrange for the disposal of the wrecked awning and we all did some laundry and were on our way again towards Adelaide.
Both our GPS systems decided to take the shortest route and we travelled some quite bumpy and very narrow roads to a good rest area some 18 km from the South Australian border. On the way we stopped for afternoon tea and noticed a hay stack which had collapsed.
Day 13 Serviceton to Adelaide
We left Serviceton and continued on towards Adelaide which was 280 km away stopping for morning tea at the small town of Keith.
A little further down the road we saw an advert for a header field day and stopped to take a photo.
We drove on to Tailem Bend where we stopped for lunch and had our first sight this trip of the mighty Murray River.
Next stop was at the caravan park Pommy Bob had booked us into at Darlington – The Sturt River caravan park. We will be here for the next 3 nights.