We ate our evening meal sitting in the car munching on prawns, with me being very negative about the town of Parkes and its poxy weather. We climbed into our sleeping stuff about 8:30 and found the rain stopped just about then. We had a reasonable nights sleep until about 6am when we got up and made some coffee. Apart from the crappy weather, days are now getting short so the sun didn't really rise until after 7 which made serious packing a bit difficult However we had everything stowed away by 8am and headed for Memorial Hill.
the King is dead would get you in a lot of trouble around Parkes, especially in January.
The Dish: we have visited that in the past so didn't feel like adding another 25km each way to our trip.
In true tradition the Court House in Parkes is a very impressive building.
Before leaving Parkes we visited one of their birding spots. The sewage ponds. This required a bit of initiative as the leaflet was a tad off in its directions but we added several species to the trip list here.
- having a sign saying "This door is not locked"; and
- the Altar being at the Western end so that the dawn light hit this great glass window.
Down on his luck" but it may just be the way folks lok around gold mining areas.
I should put in a summary of the trip.
- The effort by the meteorologists was barely ordinary. The weather was a lot more extreme than they suggested and had we known what was actually coming down the 'pike we would probably have stayed home.
- El Camion Real was a great pleasure - fortunately. It handled all the roads well, has plenty of power when the wellie needs to be applied, and gave us close to 10l/100km overall.
- I added 5 new memorials to the NSW Register of War Memorials, and have suggested a new potential source of a bulk update to cover the Light Horse plaques that are sprouting like Amanitae after a storm.
- We saw or heard 74 species of birds on the trip. About 10 species were added to my year list and the Pied Honeyeater was a lifer!
- Overall a good trip.