Tamworth

30th April to 3rd of May,2013
We are in Tamworth for 3 nights, basically because service was due and Tamworth is a good place to be without a car. Originally we were planning for 2 nights, I let Lesley explain why we stayed longer. (from her post on ozervnews):

Murphy strikes!

by Swisslulu » Wed May 01, 2013 6:53 pm

Sitting at the Paradise CP in Tamworth (yes, this is becoming a habit!) for the Cruiser to have a service at the Toyota dealership just 150 meters up the road. They called at noon to say all was complete and Erich strolled up to pick it up to be told that it needs a new water pump as it is leaking. Now why didn’t they call us about this when discovered?? When could they replace it? Not till Monday. How urgent is it? Consultation with the mechanic……sooner than later….. Explained our situation, more consultation with the mechanic and they say it will be done by 10 am tomorrow. If not, we will be stuck here for another night at $31.50 pn with discount. On the plus side (or not depending on who is in charge of the budget), we picked up a set of thermals each, new shorts for Erich (he has now lost almost 20 kgs since retiring, 5 since we left home 2 months ago and I have lost 4 since then) and 2 new belts to hold up the now very loose jeans etc. If all goes to plan tomorrow we will head to Lake Keepit. If not, we will be here for another night.

I am certainly glad we stayed in the caravan park as we would not have had a car to drive back to a free camp as we had to leave the car overnight.

We decided to stay in Tamworth for the third night anyway – as 10:00am would not give us enough time to do the packing up of van, filling with water and do all the other chores we need to have the car for. Actually last night, we realised that all the beer was in the Engel in the LandCruiser at the Toyota place. As it was quite a warm afternoon it would have been nice to have a beer before dinner.

Update: I could pick up the car at 11:30. This should be covered by the warranty we had taken out. Looks like we have an other fight on our hand.

I took the following photos yesterday on our walk into Tamworth.

Post Office

The following shots are from a stroll down to the river Peel, just behind the caravan park.

We went for a drive up to Oxley Lookout. There is a geocache up there – unfortunately it is under a bench and the bench was in use by a couple of lunch time escapees. All the same, the drive was worthwhile – good views.

I did manage to find a geocache after lunch in a memorial park that recounts the suffering of the ANCACS in Borneo. Signing the logbook.

Here is the description of the cache:

Every year millions of Australians attend war memorials for ANZAC day showing their thanks for those who gave their lives so others might live free, but how often do we visit these memorials outside of ANZAC Day.

This Cache is designed to bring people into the Sandakan memorial when it is quiet so that they may learn some of the history of this great nation of ours.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.

Lest we forget

The Sandakan Death Marches were a series of forced marches in Borneo from Sandakan to Ranau which resulted in the deaths of more than 1,000 Allied prisoners of war held captive by the Empire of Japan during the Pacific campaign of World War II in the Sandakan POW Camp.

By the end of the war, of all the prisoners who had been incarcerated at Sandakan and Ranau, only six Australians survived, all of whom had escaped.

It is widely considered to be the single worst atrocity suffered by Australian servicemen during the Second World War.

Quite an impressive memorial site.

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