Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Coopernook - Gunning - Adelong

Left Casino on Sunday after a late breakfast and the usual talk with MGB.

Sunday night camped in back of the pub at Coopernook. Quiet night, good.

Monday morning packed up early and headed to Sydney with the plan of looping around Sydney using the new tunnel and the usual M1-M2-M7.

Uneventful except for the high winds on the south side and on to Gunning. Well almost uneventful. Nearly got blown sideways of a bridge over one of the many rivers south of Pheasants Nest. I think that is when the left segment of the windscreen cracked, not a stone kicked up by traffic this time. It was a very strong gust leaning the motorhome over significantly. Lots of effort on the steering wheel to stay on course.

Overnighted in Gunning at the free camp down by the creek. A bit damp with the resent rain and I was worried about getting bogged. But all OK. Next time I'm here I might look at staying in the main street opposite the Post Office. It's on the bitumen, parallel parking and in front of a disused bank, nice and flat and probably quiet after dark. Being in the sun in the morning and close to the coffee shop is also an advantage when its just 4deg.

Was probably once the proud local Gunning GM dealer

Drove the back way from Gunning to Yass checking out the railway and small towns that could be good for a overnight stopping. Dalton is just 11km north west of Gunning and has an old pub with street art out front, two things that I find interesting.

Street Art - love it!

Royal Dalton in Sheep Country

Leeton Rd settled, nice.

Saturday, November 13, 2021

Casino NSW

Started moving stuff over to All Type Diesel Services where the motor-home is waiting for loading. Fridge is cold and freezer is working well. Got stuff loaded and about 10am decided why wait. On the road before 11am headed for Casino NSW.

The motor-home is running very smoothly. I was especially attentive for any anomalies, anything out of the ordinary, but she's a pleasure pulling up hills really well and cruising the highways and freeways without effort, better than ever.

Arrived at Casino BlazeAid camp at about 430pm on Tuesday and decided staying till Sunday helping out would be good. Been back here several times since the fires in 2019.

Unsettled weather and the paddocks were wet but we got a bit done. About 20 volunteers going out in three teams with two tractors and a tracked bobcat with bucket and auger. For me it was mostly chainsaw work building end assemblies and staying strainer posts. Fortunately all the heavy lifting was done by the machines, not like the 'good' old days. Thank god!

I found it interesting going back to, or past, farms where I had helped lockup paddocks by standing up the old burnt stuff to quickly contain the cattle. Now the teams are replacing those old burnt fences and building with new materials, far more rewarding.

Bit of handy chair saw work

One very handy device that makes nice holes

Timber spilt post fence
ready for wire.