According to my book the next part of my track south isn’t going to be that interesting. It’s a big country and it will take some time to get somewhere. So today I will do a lot of driving, just to get closer to Sydney. I will continue inland and the blokes in the pub last night gave me some suggestions of places to visit. But to get there I will need to do a lot more driving so I am not sure if I will follow up on their advice. Target for today: Scone. It’s on a crossing of some of the highways that will allow me to decide tonight where I want to go for the next few days.
Before I leave Armidale, I will need to take a few snapshots. Hey, I need prove that I have been here. And I need a nice walk to wake up… Yes, it’s going to be a long day today after all those pleasant moments of last night.
Hey I thought I was in Australia. So what’s my local bank doing here?
The weather is very good again. Temperatures go up to the mid twenties in no time, there’s no wind and hardly any clouds. Ahaa, a “lookout” sign; time to change my heading. You can’t tell from the pictures, but the road you see is very steep. Trucks couldn’t get to the maximum speed of 80 km anymore and they have a lot of horsepower these beast. I have had some overtaking me on a few uphill tracks.
Look at this friendly hug… He will not let go of his friend anymore.
Then I got to Tamworth. It’s quite a big town and they consider themselves as the the Australian version of Nashville (US): the country and western music capital.
One more try of reckless driving…
Then I got to Scone. What’s in Scone? Well in one word: nothing… It’s a small town that has a lot of motels. Ideal for people on the move that need a place to stay the night. No visitor information centre today, so I just stopped at a motel that looked ok. And it was. It’s cheap, it’s clean and has its own restaurant and therefore that’s my endpoint for today. The book was right: it wasn’t that an exciting track today. It was just right; a pleasant drive to make some miles to get closer to the next, more exciting, place.
The track of today:
Wednesday 8 April 2009