Turvey Park

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  • Day13

    Wagga Day Two

    January 2, 2020 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    Woke up to very thick smoke so gave us a taste of what the rest of the state has been experiencing for the past month. We heard early one group of friends were safely back in Melbourne and tonight the other group we were concerned about are on the road to Canberra which is a relief.

    This morning we did a bike ride around Lake Albert supposedly. You can see from the photos why we think there was a lake there. Halfway around we ran into someone who we had met in Morocco who is now a policeman in Wagga. It was lovely to catch up with him and hear some local outlook. Hi Tony! Our eyes were stinging with the smoke by the time we got back to the caravan. The air quality in Wagga today was 259ppm. Safe air quality is 50ppm.

    Regan baked some awesome scones in the caravan oven for lunch. This afternoon we had some cabin fever with the smoke and 35 again so took off into town for a visit to the National Glass Art Gallery. Wagga is the home of glass in Australia evidently and work on display was amazing.

    We drove up the hill to a look-out but was a bit pointless today. Back to the camp for the predictable swim and evening tipple. We watched the news and saw more communities being told to leave before it was too late this time Wagga and Tumut were the evacuation points. This evening when we were swimming we met a family who had had 3 days in the danger zone with no power and had made the call to drive out. They hope to go home on Monday but there are absolutely no guarantees. On the way back to the van we saw at least 4 other families we suspect are in the same situation, all rather confronting.

    Tomorrow we are heading Melbourne way but will break the trip with a night in Shepparton. More heat predicted but hopefully less smoke haze
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  • Day1

    Wagga Wagga

    July 4, 2016 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 8 °C

    So it's the end of Day 1 and I'm snuggled up in Wagga Wagga.

    Roadkill winner for the day: Wombats.
    Saw about 5 poor little buggers. They claimed the day's crown over a fox, a couple of possums and some other thing that was too mangled to know what it was.

    Last time I was in Wagga was for Uni Games back in....well, ages ago. The only memory I have is my mates and I fanging around the streets in a rogue trolley and being given a "complementary lift" back to the caravan park in the back of a paddy wagon, which was a fun first. I'm guessing this trip will be slightly less eventful.

    Got in at dusk, and will be out again early in the morning - not much time to explore here today. I'll pick up a few brochures at the Information Centre tomorrow and plan a bit more Wagga Wagga exploration when I stop in on the way back.

    Monday nights in Wagga are pretty dire - not too many places open for a feed (perhaps I'm just city-spoilt) but it was a cool feeling to drive through the main street and for the most part, seeing barely a soul.

    Looking forward to checking out some of the old buildings here in the daylight - looks like there's some gorgeous old architecture around the place.
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