Day 199: 15 December – Edging closer to Sydney

From: Orange

To: Bathurst

Distance: 51km

Clouds and light showers greeted us this morning so it was a slow start to the day. We eventually left about 11 o’clock and drove eastwards to Macquarie Woods recreation area, a beautiful location right in between Orange and Bathurst. We camped here back in January this year as one of our first trips away with Tassie. Our stop was scheduled especially for Tassie, as we felt guilty that she hadn’t enjoyed Orange quite as much as we did (too many dogs around).

As soon as we pulled up beside the small lake, Tassie immediately jumped out of the car and confidently began exploring the long grass. It was brilliant to see her so happy.We stopped there a couple of hours as the showers got heavier and Tassie did a bit of exploring.

Around 3pm we headed off to Bathurst. We had planned to pull up our caravan in our friends’ driveway, but on our arrival found the trees a little low, and pulling in would require some extensive trimming. We said hello to David and Tamara and explained our predicament. They invited us to stay in their self contained apartment below their living area.

Tassie loved having lots of space to run around in, and once she had spent some time sniffing around was very settled and loved the company of Felix and Rory, David and Tamara’s young boys – in fact that was the most comfortable around children I have ever seen Tassie.

We had a great evening of roast beef and pork on the BBQ accompanied by salad and a delicious pumpkin pasta. We shared a couple of our fine wines from Adelaide Hills and Barossa, and decided to stay another night given we are just 215km from home.

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