Monday April 20, 2015 – Wagga Wagga to Dubbo

Leaving Wagga Wagga on a crisply cool morning (9 deg) we headed north where, just south of Junee we found ourselves driving into a broad weather front.

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On the road south of Junee

Not long after, we drove into rain squalls – it was encouraging to see the rain falling on such dry and parched earth.  I’m sure the farming community have been praying for this for a long time.

As we drove into the town of Canowindra it was a sad reminder to see all the yellow balloons tied to the bridge, and also throughout the town, in memory of their favoured young teacher who was recently murdered.

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Yellow balloons in memory of a favoured daughter of Canowindra

A stop in Cowra for lunch where the lovely autumnal colours of the local trees and fallen autumn leaves were quite beautiful.  Not quite so beautiful was the local temperature of 8 degrees which felt more like 4 degrees with the wind chill factor.  Needless to say, lunch was a speedy event!  I have packed warm weather clothing for this trip with just a light jacket – since I usually overpack I decided to be more frugal this trip.  I will be buying a thick polar fleece before the afternoon is out!

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Lunch in the park, Cowra beneath autumn leaves

The road into the town of Orange is quite beautiful with all the trees changing colour and making quite a spectacle.  We also noted that the orchards of apple trees were still bearing their big red apples.

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Driving into Orange

Tonight we stay in Dubbo which is quite cool and with rain squalls continuing.  Radio reports that wild weather is being reported across N.S.W. and especially toward the coast.  Time for us to feel glad that we are not travelling the coast road!  We are warm and comfy in our little Avan with the sound of rain pattering on the roof.

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