After a nice day off in Thornton ( thanks to the visitors who came bearing champagne and limes) we hit the road to do a 27km to see if the boys and us were ready for the bigger days. Climbing up Edwards gap was beautiful, except for the large amount of spiders that we encountered. There was something really itchy up there and the boys all got bitten, some worse than others. Banjo got particularly itchy, and when Preston offered to scratch an itch he lifted his back leg like a dog so he could scratch right up in there! The rest of the day was flat riding and we saw sue again who came to pick up a water bottle that she left behind. She very kindly drove ahead and sorted out our camp spot at the rosevale pub. While trying to sort out getting sprayed for ticks, we were put onto a route that took us across some private property and straight to the dip yards. We spent hours tracking down phone numbers and seeking permission, but it was all worth it as we got the go ahead…. Thanks Robert, Dale and Don! Amanda and Glen came out for dinner with us and it was great to see them.
We woke up the next morning to find the electric fence on the ground… Who knows what happened. But the boys were still in their yard, too scared to step across with the hobbles on! Another big day across to the dip but our new route was great. Crossing the Cunningham highway was pretty scary and we just ran! Another shoe lost in long grass which we had to fix at camp. Luckily our car is close and we could get it down for all the shoeing gear! The horses were sprayed… Thanks to Robert for coming down and spraying them at the yards rather than us walking back to the spray centre, and for organizing the camp for us! After the boys were suitably deticked, we had some visitors arrive and had a lovely evening watching the sun go down with a glass of wine and nibblies – we definitely get spoiled out here!
The boys were relieved of the pack and we set off for the campsite at Kerry and Julia’s place. Unlucky for us, it was Sunday a d we had all the drivers doing a scenic tour of the area – the whole scenic rim is pretty spectacular! Only one real ass on the road and another almost 30km day and we were given showers and a bale of hay from Kerry, and a hot cooked lunch from Mal and Shirley. Bliss!
Off again, and we knew the day was going to be big with the climb up the teviot. It was a steady pull and not too many cars, and again the boys got a day off from the pack which our escort and cheerleaders Mal and Shirley took in their car. It was beautiful riding into the condamine gorge. It’s amazing to think that instead of travelling 100km to the east coast, it tracks 3000km via the Murray to find the coast. There was little to no grass at the camp as It was all overrun with weeds. So after an hour’s spell and some lunch, we saddled up again and pushed into Kilarney where Mal and Shirley met us with our gear and their motorhome. Luxury camping and dining in Kilarney 🙂 it was a long day but boy does it feel good to have finished book 6! Thanks to maurie for organizing our camp at the polo cross grounds as the kilarney show is on this weekend and the grounds are in full swing getting ready!
We will have a few days off then on the road again, depending on the rain which is forecast for Thursday and Friday. We have loved this section of the trail despite the amount of bitumen and the consequential wear on the horses shoes. The scenery has been just beautiful!