I don't remember anything at all that I did the next day except that eventually I arrived in Yass. I can't even find the maps I've discarded it's so long ago.

OK I found the map. We're getting somewhere. The name of the town, or settlement, where I bought propane and received abscess advice was Khancoban. I stopped in Tumbarumba, nice information office. It was just after Tumbarumba that I ended my last report.

Now I wonder if anyone else is wondering about these strange town names? Previously I thought place names in Australia were straightforward, like Perth, or Sydney, or Melbourne. Even Alice Springs. But Tumbarumba? Oh my.

I continued on to Tumut.

Before Tumut I parked for the night in a rest area. Sort of average. A few trucks passed noisily during the night, not many.

I can't remember what happened in Tumut.

Ah, I've found another map. After the tourist office I went to look at a broom factory. Factory? Well, maybe. It was run by two partners, the sole employees. They were using out of the ark machines but producing top quality brooms. They could make around 60 per day they told me. I hope their quality will prevail over the Chinese competition, it's nice to see traditional manufacturing methods continuing. The shop was not stacked out with unsold brooms, rather the contrary, so it seems to be working. Long may it continue!

Unfortunately, my map runs out at Tumut. I remember that on leaving the town I took the wrong route, asked the way, and got myself back the right way, but that's not the sort of travel information you are reading this for is it? Or maybe it is.

In Gundagai they told me I should call in at Yass, a pretty town. It was. The tourist office closed just a few minutes before I got there. I drove into a park - no overnight camping - and cooked dinner. Then I went to the pub and had a couple of pints. Schooners they call them, and they are actually small pints. Probably 50 cl. After walking up and down the main street I found a car park and hid at the back.

In the morning all the other cars had gone. Oops.

I arrived in Canberra. At the information office they suggested I could park in Acton Park, full of commuter cars during the day, but empty at night.

I drove around a little, went to the Australian museum, then, on the suggestion of the Tourist Office, to the War Memorial. Here's the view from the war memorial, to the Government Centre.

Well, I expected the War Memorial be, well, a war memorial. But it turned out to be a military museum as well. A HUGE military museum. With exhibits for the 1st World War, the second World War, Vietnam, Korea, and other conflicts the Australians have been involved with. Amongst all the other displays there were about 15 full size aircraft, a Spitfire, a Zero, even a complete Lancaster bomber.

Not to detract from the B17, the Flying Fortress, but the Lancaster bomber, able to carry 6,500 kg, could carry a bigger bomb load than the B17. And there was a full size original of this plane in the museum......

The museum shut at 5 so I drove up to the look at the view from Mount Ainslie.

Next I went to Acton Park for the night. On the way to the Australian Museum I had spotted some barbecues near my overnight parking spot so that's where I headed. I was late, but managed to cook a reasonable meal on the free barbecue. Have I mentioned these barbecues? They're scattered around in parks and on beaches in this part of Australia, powered by gas or electric. Great stuff.

I know I haven't mentioned the small headlight than Daniel Bron gave me a few years ago. It straps around the head, powered by LED lights. It's been really useful on this trip, thanks again Daniel!

I'm not catching up, but it's time to stop.

Best regards

David Barker
Currently in Australia, exploring New South Wales

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