Left Bendeela making for Moruya. You will have read earlier in this years travels how we travelled with Mike and Jennie for a considerable part of the Cape York trip and then how we meet up again at Emerald and travelled south together, well Mike and Jennie had invited us to visit them at their home at Bergalia (near Moruya). Before Moruya we called into Sussex Inlet and caught up with Lynn, John, Robyn, Christopher and Edward. They told us about the storm that had come through several weeks before felling large trees and snapping branches. There was still plenty of evidence of this, it must have been an unnerving experience as they were at home at the time.
Thursday 30th we arrived at Mike and Jennie’s. Now it was not as simple as looking for a house number, we first had to find a shed, then a track behind the shed and alongside a set of yards. This one and a half kilometre track eventually led to their home. It’s a beautiful house, that they built themselves in a magnificent 45 acre setting. We parked the van just outside the house yard looking straight down to Coila Lake.
It was great to catch up with them and reminisce about Cape York. They showed us around their neighbourhood, including the many beautiful beaches right on their door step. Unfortunately it was a bit cold to swim.
Mike had just inadvertently deleted all their trip photos from the camera memory card however with the aid of a free application obtained from the Internet I was able to recover them. It was good to be able to get them their photos back.
As we came north up the coast we have decided to head south a bit inland, so we are making for Canberra.
We left Mike and Jennie Sunday morning, heading north for Batemans Bay and then to Canberra via Kings Highway. It had rained heavily overnight and during the morning we had consistent showers. Kings Highway proved to be very steep and twisty with several switchback turns. The road was also very busy but luckily there were an adequate number of overtaking lanes. Once into the mountain range the fog set in.
Whilst we could have made Canberra, we have made camp at Warri Reserve for the night. This is a free camping area 14 kilometres north of Braidwood beside the Shoalhaven River.
This appears to be a popular stopping area as there are about twenty rigs here tonight. Tomorrow, weather and traffic permitting we will continue on to Canberra.