OUR BIG TRIP
DAY 134 Tuesday 20th August
An early morning for Derek as previously advised the Hale car is booked for service. Derek was due down town at 8.ooam and was driven back to the van park. After breakfast we all went walking along the beach to the grain handling area of the export section on the waterfront. Following our look at this area we walked back to, and past, the camp for an inspection of the Point Moore Lighthouse and keeper quarters . The property, not including the lighthouse, is presently for sale and it is quite a large block, almost the entire point. The Volunteer Rescue Service headquarters is also located at this end of the peninsula.
On returning to Belair Gardens C/P for lunch we decided we would do a town walk. The Kollmorgens headed directly to the AEC, and as this is the first day of early voting, placed our votes for the upcoming elections. This has lifted a burden off our minds as the problem has gone altogether. We all did the short trip into Geraldton shops and started our walk looking at the old buildings and shops, and a beautiful St Francis Xavier Cathedral which had a foundation stone laid in 1916 and was eventually finished in 1938, quite a job.
The Toyota call came and the Hales were mobile again with a clean, freshly serviced car. After a quick visit to the old Railway Station and Info Centre, we then drove up the hill at the back of the town to the HMAS Sydney 11 Memorial. This is a fabulously designed monument with a huge half ball shape on legs with 645 sea gulls (one for each person lost on board) all over the surface. I could not help but feel the sadness in the place while looking at the displays.
We then returned to the camp for happy hour before visiting the Geraldton Hotel for some tea as our last meal together. On Thursday the Kollmorgens will continue further south toward Perth, and expect to meet another couple of the Gippsland Gypsies, Jim and Maree Tuck, somewhere in South Australia, at a date to be decided soon. The Hales meantime are turning east toward the wild flowers in the middle on their way home. We will probably both be at Mudgee in October.
This blog will continue with the Kollmorgen side of travels, until our arrival home from the AGM muster at Mudgee. Oh I am going to bed now.