Australia Day 2

IMG_0170It had just started raining on us when we arrived in Glen Innes so it was a mad dash to get our tent set up and our clothes out of the rain…other than that, our first night on the road we stayed warm and dry in our little tent.

At around 4 in the morning Camryn shot straight out of her sleeping bag “What the heck is that?”  it was a noise that we’d never heard before, and couldn’t identify.  We laid there for several minutes listening and trying to see what it may have been in the dark, then it would stop…a few minutes later it started again…It’s an impossible sound to describe but I’ll give it a go.  It sounded like monkeys in the trees laughing, but then there was this other sound that was like a 1980’s video game mixed with something I imagine my computer would sound like while imploding.  It ended up being a Kookaburra, Yellow Crested Cockatoos, and  few Magpies.  You can hear them at the beginning of the video below.

We were supposed to find a grocery store on our way to Glen Innes yesterday but because we ran so late we weren’t able to stock up on food or water…so as you might imagine our first thought was how are we going to make our coffee??  Oh Crap!  Luckily, Australia doesn’t have a shortage on cafés

After breaking down camp and loading up the bikes, then getting charged an additional $5.00, because I lost the shower room key, that I later found (in the pocket that I checked a hundred times) we hit the road again.

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Since we’re still traveling down the Great Dividing Range the scenery stayed pretty much the same as our first day, but still, pretty awesome.  It was a mixture of wide open plains, farm land, rocky hills, and dense forests.

We stopped for a quick break in the town of Walcha, where we (out of shear luck) stumbled upon a custom motorcycle/coffee shop across the street from were we parked.  The shop was called “Tinker”, and it had some of the most creative and unique bikes that I had ever seen.  We got the full tour, threw back another couple of flat white coffees, and quickly got back on the road.  I don’t know why we were in such a hurry.  Camryn and I have a tendency to fall into a “run and gun mentality” when traveling , we get so excited that we try and see everything at once.  Trying not to miss anything in the short time we are here, we probably ended up missing a lot.  Australia is huge.

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Through the rolling hills of Niangala and an endless number of Sheep and cattle ranches later we arrive in Murrurundi, NSW.   We’re staying at an AirBNB tonight known as Gillian’s Garden Studio.  The pictures online were amazing, but didn’t do the place justice.  It was a perfect little studio cabin that sat on top a hill overlooking the valley. The interior was beautiful, cozy, and comfortable. Gillian met us in the driveway as we rolled up, showed us where we could park the bikes and gave us the grand tour.  She had made jam and fresh bread with tea and coffee, and made us feel right at home.  I definitely recommend staying here.

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