31 March 2006 - Echuca to Mulwala |
A short travel day from Echuca to Mulwala beside Yarrawonga Weir. 130 kilometres across the
flat plains on the Murray Valley Highway. After we left Echuca we passed a
couple of paddocks being flood irrigated; water was 5 to 10 centimetres deep at
the deepest part along one side and was beginning to flow across the rest of the
paddock. The birds, especially ibis, were feasting on grubs and insects forced
up out of the ground by the water and hundred of them had gathered. I maintained
about 92 kph on the cruise control to keep fuel consumption down and to minimise
bouncing by the A'liner on any rough patches. That proves to be a confortable speed.
We turned off the Murray Valley Highway for a few kilometres to stop at the Big Strawberry we had seen advertised in Echuca.
As the name implies, this establishment specialises in strawberries, and has a wide range of berry jams. We bought some jam
and fresh strawberries and returned to the Murray Valley Highway.
Arriving on the edge of Yarrawonga we followed signs taking us across the Mulwala weir into Mulwala itself, then used the GPS
to find the caravan park. There are quite a few caravan parks and holiday
resorts along the edge of the lake indicating its popularity for holiday
activities. The wind was uncomfortably cold as the weather of the previous week
had changed. No longer were the afternoon temperatures 30 or 35 degrees, with
blue skies and no wind; now we were wearing light jackets to be comfortable.
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