Wednesday 21st April 2004
After a walk along the river last night to say farewell to the
steam driven paddle boats and the Murray River, we settled for
our last night in Victoria.
This morning we packed up and set off on our way by about 9:30am
but delayed our departure from Echuca by taking the wrong turn.
However that was soon remedied and we found ourselves on the 'Murray
Valley Highway', traveling along very flat roads that consisted
of many long straight stretches. This took us through Wyuna, Nathalia,
Strathmerton, Yarrawanga, Bundalong and Rutherglen before turning
off the highway into Woodonga where we had a drive around the town
before crossing the Murray River into New South Wales.
Once we had crossed the Murray River we were in Albury, which
was where we had aimed at being tonight, however as it was only
just after midday, we decided to continue driving for a while.
We drove through the outskirts of Albury then picked up some fuel
from a very large Shell Trucking Service Centre that boasted at
least twenty four fuel bowsers.
After fueling up we set off again and only traveled a short distance
before 'one of us' noticed a sign showing the way to the Ettamogah
Pub, so we followed the signs and were very impressed with what
we found. After taking the necessary photographs and visiting the
souvenir shop (and spending some money) we had our lunch then set
off down the Hume Highway again.
We then traveled through Bowna, Woomar, Gama, Holbrook and Tarcutta
before pulling in to Gundagai for the night. We have not disconnected
the Patrol from the caravan so we have not yet had a drive around
the town, but tomorrow will see a look at the town before calling
on the dog sitting on the tucker box on our way out. Tomorrow
night will see us in Sutton, only about ten kilometres out of Canberra
where we intend to spend the next week.