Wanting to start 2014 with a little mid-week break away from the heat of Sydney, we thought that taking the Tardis (our VW T5 Campervan) to the coast for a few days was going to push us into the school holiday crowds that we would normally avoid. So instead, we headed for the Blue Mountains to take advantage of that possible 5-10° cooler environment? Also, a chance to check out how the recovery from the recent bush fires was going? The likelihood of getting a site at BM campgrounds was slim so we headed further west to Lithgow for a couple of days (much quieter & cooler). Off for a ride the next day, we took in Blast Furnace Park, a memorial to the Steel-making days in Lithgow.
Stopping for lunch in town & parked at a cafe & did our mini-security act of folding the handle bars. A “resident laptop user” in the cafe noted our bikes as folders but thought they were recumbents; reminding me of a lady on a train that thought my folded Brompton was a folding wheelchair?
Our stay in Lithgow took in more of the Coal & Steel historic sights & then it was time to move on – even for no other reason than escaping the overnight single-figure-degree temperatures? (A lot cooler than we were expecting.) Heading for Mudgee we detoured via the Kandos/Rylstone road & came across a great little cafe occupying the old railway station at Kandos.
Settling in at Mudgee, we reflected on the current temperatures: Sydney 30+°, Lithgow 12°, Mudgee 24° – a good decision!
Strolling the short distance into town for dinner, the old saying came to mind, “Red sky at night, a farmer’s delight”?
Awoke the next morning to see some funny little bubbles all over the van & awning? I suppose farmers may have been delighted to see some rain but it wasn’t what I was expecting. Oh well, good excuse to settle down with some wine-tasting & lunch at a winery?
Another really interesting blog Ian!
No pics or the wine tasting though?
Ta for your comment Ian.
Good point about the pics. I usually try for different/unusual pics on my Trip posts & it’s always hard to remember that what’s common for me isn’t necessarily so for others. Maybe there are some people who’ve missed out on good wine & tastings?
OK on the unusual pictures Ian. You do a good job with your pictures, they are all very interesting. But IMHO a tasting picture would have finished the pictorial story at the same point as your narrative. Also you had me wishing I was there to share the experience with you – living in the Hunter Valley I remember quite a few very civilised and pleasant times … so I just had to go and crack a cold bottle of Sauvignon Blanc and sit down with the wife to role play your missing tasting picture. Tough job but I felt I had to do it!