These days a road trip is the closest thing we have to a journey.
We decided to leave the coast behind and head west, we were goin’country. I wanted to see wide open spaces, distant horizons and long loping telegraph wires. I yearned to photograph picture perfect paddocks, rustic sheds and abandoned places.
As Jack Kerouac says, the road is life.
This road trip was a designated ‘stop the car’ kind- of- trip; no ifs, buts or maybes.
We travelled at a leisurely pace; meandering along back roads, mesmerized by the kaleidoscope of blurry scenery, following sections of inland railway in various states of disrepair ... passing old farm buildings, churches, and Royal Hotels along the way.
We stopped in somewhat forgotten towns like Deep Water, Werris Creek, Mandurah & Mummulgum and those enroute to gentrification like Millthorpe.
In 7 days, we travelled close to 3000 kms. We traversed the Moonbi Range skirted along the Mid-Western Highway, stayed in my birthplace of Tamworth and overnighted in Orange. We found colourful silo art in old Dunedoo, Chris Hemsworth in Cowra and passed heavenly green fields but luckily missed the summer showers.
Unfortunately we found little to bring home in our trusty ute but somehow we skipped the floods, avoided Covid and came home better for the journey.
This Poem by Banjo Paterson was written about the Moonbi Range
* Part II - Tenterfield and Goonoo Goonoo
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