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ROAD TRIPS GET THUMBS UP
I read with interest your article ‘Far Side
of the Mountains’ in the Nov/Dec edition.
Mudgee is indeed a fine town, but you
missed the best part. Had you travelled
back down Lue Road to Rylstone and
Kandos, you’d have discovered some
of the finest scenery and quaintest
country towns. Rylstone was last year
voted, along with Milton, as NSW’s best
kept secret. Indeed it is and a prettier
town you’d be hard pressed to find.
Travel back to Lithgow through Capertee
and you’ll stop at Pearsons Lookout,
overlooking the Capertee Valley, the
second-widest canyon in the world.
It’ll take your breath away.
Elaine Henderson, Rylstone
I loved reading the road trip articles
and can relate well to the New England
trip. At one end you have Willow Tree
(great pub) and the other end is the
historic station at Goonoo Goonoo.
Unfortunately, like a lot of people, you
bypassed the most interesting place of
all! Slap bang in between is Wallabadah,
with its fantastic First Fleet Memorial
Gardens on the side of the highway. It
has done so well and provides enormous
amounts of historic info about all the
ships, crews and passengers, as well
listing the supplies each ship carried.
Graham Keena, via email
In a recent Open Road you said a great
way to support those suffering drought
hardship was to undertake a road trip
and spend some money in these areas.
It’s true, we had a wonderful time
visiting towns like Harden, Temora,
West Wyalong, Forbes, Wellington,
Coonabarabran, Narromine, Gilgandra,
Gunnedah, Quirindi and Scone, just to
name a few. We had a coffee or lunch
and stayed in B&Bs and motels. We took
the time to chat to locals and made sure
we spent a few dollars in each town.
The countryside is very dry in places,
which confirmed for us that the drought
is far from over. Thanks for a great
Cheryl and Terry Nutt, Bulli
As a regular visitor to the Gold Coast, I ’d
like to congratulate everyone involved
in upgrading of the M1/Pacific Highway
from Newcastle to the Queensland
border. It really is an engineering
masterpiece which makes for a faster
and safer road trip.
To avoid the roadworks and resultant
delays, I travel from Grafton to Ballina via
Casino and Lismore on the Summerland
Way and find it a good alternative with
a 100km/h speed limit and very little
traffic. Maybe travellers might like to try
it, especially while the Grafton to Ballina
road works are in place.
Ian King, Warners Bay
GPS SPEED MORE RELIABLE?
With respect to Noel Jones who writes
that other road users are travelling over
the limit, you own a late model SUV
with a speedometer that’s likely not
calibrated accurately. I suggest buying a
GPS speed indicator HUD or, if you have
The NRMA was formed in 1920 to lobby governments to
improve our roads. With many in a diabolical state of
disrepair, it’s not surprising we quickly became the
champion of motorists. In 1914, Larry Burns and his
chauffeur Jack Donelly arrived at Deniliquin Post Office
after driving 100km through black soil plains. The mud
and deep potholes took their toll and the pair attached
chains (the mud equivalent of snow chains) to the back
wheels of their Fiat. Unfortunately, it didn’t prevent
them from being covered in a thick layer of mud. Despite
the protection of his blanket in the back seat, Larry
Burns seems to have suffered more than his driver. We
may complain about poorly maintained roads today, but it
took a bold driver to complete a road trip in those days.
THE WAY WE WERE 1914
a smartphone, download one of many
GPS speed apps for free. At present
you’re more than likely travelling up to
5km/h below the limit and cars with a
GPS are on the limit.
Victor Riley, Forster
CRASH REVEALS NEW RULE RISK
Driving north on the M1 past Raymond
Terrace in late September, I encountered
a Highway Patrol vehicle at the side with
flashing blue and red lights. Travelling at
the 100km/h speed limit, I immediately
turned off the cruise control to slow down
to the recently introduced speed limit of
40km/h for passing emergency vehicles.
Unfortunately, the motorcyclist behind
me did not, slamming into the rear of my
car. He is oh-so -very-lucky to be alive,
escaping with only ripped jeans, grazing
to his right leg and a severe shaking. I still
remember seeing, in my rear-view mirror,
his helmet slamming into the rear window.
After carrying out their duties in an
excellent fashion, police attending the
scene and several ambulance officers
had a discussion. They expressed deep
concern this new rule was introducing
another level of danger. It may be
appropriate for city driving where the
Perhaps Mr Burns
should also have invested
in new mudguards?
is called into question.
14/12/18 2:53 pm
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