Our short 3 day break was over. It had flown passed but the final morning was to be a beautiful start to the day.
By this point, Stuart was up and about. I had knitted some more of his socks and he was to get up and tell me about the wonderful sunrise. I didn’t point out that he had missed most of it!
But I was to capture this image as a result. Breakfast was a little later than usual but was in front of a fantastic fire.
We were up and out by 9am. We had opted to drive the long way home, knowing that we would be getting home around dark by doing so, but the weather was good, some of the tops were clear and there was a chance of seeing something on the Alpine Highway, unlike the day before. So.…
But just be fore we left, we explored the onsite vintage motor museum…
And so by 9am we were on the road, ready to climb and hoping for the good weather to last.
First stop was… well a corner on the road. I just had to grab a photo
And so we hit the Alpine Highway. But before long we were to come across the Snowy Mountains Hydroelectric visitors centre.
And so we left it to drive into yet more trees and see, well more trees actually. In fact unless you actually stop at the dedicated viewing points, the likelihood of actually seeing anything is close to nil. Actually if you are the driver, it really is nil. Oh and the noticeboard nicely informs you that the road is now entirely sealed.
So when we spotted a rest stop, we knew we had to stop. If only to rest from the winding nature of this road. It covers a lot of km’s to go pretty much nowhere.
And at the rest stop there are the obligatory toilets, BBQ point and picnic benches. And luckily a viewing platform!
It was worth it as you can see! But there are only so many Eucalyptus trees I can show you. Honest.
And so we carried on, winding our way up and down, round and round and round again. This is one of the few times we do actually find the sat nav and GPS in the car quite useful. It gives you a heads up of the nature and seriousness of the bend ahead.
And eventually we get to a river crossing, the Swampy Plains Creek in fact. And there is the nation parks camping site, and a tiny view of something other than eucalyptus trees.
And to the next opportunity for a view… but this is stop in the road job. However, it was Stuart that chose to stop this time, but he had other ideas on what the stop was for. Now what was the alternate name for our attempted world cycle tour? That’s right, scent marking his way around the world…
Not a bad view.
From there it was another climb back up and out of the area.
From there it was pretty mundane except for our lunch stop at the side of a lake and for the fact that I alone was to see 4 emu. Stuart, as the driver, totally failed to see the 2 that were standing less than 10m from the side of the road! And I can tell you one thing, they are huge!