Final Collection Total: $107,159.85
- Days on the Road: 566 - Total KM travelled: 67,219 - Number of towns visited: 408 - NSW Total: $42,763.40
- QLD Total: $32,560.70
- NT Total: $1,345.15 - WA Total: $5,479.95
- SA Total: $4,612.80
- VIC Total: $10,283.00
- ACT Total: $10,089.90
Doreen didnt feel quite so bad when she woke up today so hopefully her neck will be okay again. We packed everything up and set off on our way to West Wyalong. There was no hurry today as our official welcome was not until this afternoon and fundraising is going to be tomorrow outside the local polling booth. Riding can be a bit hazardous at time as other bike and trike riders would probably also tell you. Simple things that dont bother you in a car can certainly bother you in an open vehicle such as ours. Birds for an example were a problem today with Galahs all over the place and one of them almost taking Garry out as it changed its flight path and almost flew straight into us. Another hazard today was the dreaded cattle truck! They are not different to a truck when you are in a car – except they dont smell too good when you are travelling behind them, but there are other hazards that you probably wouldnt think of in a normal vehicle. The cattle in the trucks arent a problem normally, they just give you funny looks and peep through to try to see the outside world normally. However, today there were a few of them facing the other way with their rear ends facing us instead. This as we discovered can be dangerous especially when they choose to relieve themselves out the back of the truck!! Some fancy driving by Garry prevented us from smelling really bad thank goodness but its something else to think about when we travel near them from now on. We have also for the last few days been collecting extra passengers in the trike, most in the back seat with Doreen but also on the floor of the trike and they are bees. They are really dopey for some reason thank goodness as Doreen may not be too pleased about them in the back with her if they were lively!.
We must subconsciously be in some sort of routine because we arrived in town at about the usual time even though we didnt make any special effort to leave early today. The Cameo Inn in West Wyalong had very kindly sponsored our stay for the weekend so that was our first port of call. They were expecting us and showed us to our room as soon as we arrived. The room was very nice and they also had an indoor swimming pool and spa on site. The laundry facilities were free which was a bonus not found in many places. We decided to unpack the trailer before going into town for a look and by the time we had done that the owner of the motel, Gail, had returned. She was a real character and had two boxer dogs, Roxy and Reggie. Reggie was apparently visiting the neighbours but Roxy was keen to meet us and was all over us like a rash. She was a beautiful dog and very friendly and eventually Reggie must have heard all the excitement and came over to meet us as well. Gail has owned the motel for 19 years and was very interesting to talk to as she had lots of stories from guests and about the town. Our conversation was interrupted by a phone call for Doreen from a local radio station wanting an interview which is becoming quite a regular occurrence. By the time the interview was over Gail had to check another guest in so we went into town for a look around and to try to find a plastic storage box to prevent a few items constantly rolling around in the trailer.
It was relatively quiet in town so we just wandered around visiting a few shops which was a bit unusual for us as we generally dont have time during the week to check out shops. We found a suitable storage box in the local Go-lo and then returned to the motel. We were greeted once again by Roxy and Reggie and it was obvious we had made two new best friends. We relaxed for a while and then went to the restaurant at the motel for dinner. Gail was the waitress in the restaurant and apparently does almost everything herself. She was an amazing woman and managed to keep up with everyone in the restaurant and also check in new arrivals at the same time. Garry was particularly pleased to find soup on the menu especially when it was tomato and basil which he loves. The meals were very good and came out quickly highlighting how efficient Gail runs everything. With dinner over, we returned to the motel room for the night and Garry for once played on the computer for a while leaving Doreen to just relax and watch TV. We didnt stay up too late as we need to be at the polling booth by 8am tomorrow and didnt want to be late or too tired.