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|29 January 2010 - Casino to Glen Innes|
The first few hours of the day were spent completing packing the caravan and closing up the house for a planned absence of several months.
We headed out of Casino on the Bruxner Highway toward Tenterfield. Weather was pleasant for driving. The road is a reasonable two-lane highway. Traffic was light; mainly sedans and utilities although we later saw a number of semi-trailers heading from Tenterfield towards Casino.
The road is rarely straight or flat as it makes its way initially out of the Richmond River Valley reaching 377 metres on the ridge, then down into the Clarence River Valley. The Clarence River is crossed via a long, single-lane bridge at Tabulum, then the road climbs through decreasing amount of cleared land which ended by the time it reaches Drake Village at 482 metres elevation. Past Drake the road climbs steadily through eucalyptus forest over step rock outcrops. The Pathfinder handled the EuroStar on the hills without difficulty in 3rd gear. The main climb ended at 732 metres elevation 40 kilometres before Tenterfield but the road continued generally climbing until and a sign six kilometres from Tenterfield proclaimed the top of the Great Divide at 888 metres.
We left Tenterfield on the New England Highway bound for Glen Innes. The land was mostly cleared, with a few hilly sections visible from the road. A strong, gusty wind made the caravan move, sometimes unpleasantly.
We stopped at Bluff Rock rest area for a drink and a few photographs. Cattle were grazing near the rest area in a region devoted to cattle. 80 kilometres later we passed flocks of sheep but this was predominantly cattle country.
Arriving at Glen Innes we checked into the Fossicker Caravan Park and unhitched. Later in the evening there was a lot of distance thunder and some rain on the caravan.