|"The Goondiwindi Grey"|
Highway 42 and the Ultimate Answer?
On my second and longest road-trip this year when I drove from my hometown of Brisbane to the bottom of Tasmania and back, I tagged Goondiwindi on to the last town I would spend the night in before heading home to Brisbane the next day.
Goondiwindi would more, or less become my road-trip finishing post, as I drove from Armidale over the
New South Wales/Queensland border and spent my last night on the road there.
|The bridge over the Macintyre River I crossed to get into Goondiwindi|
|Flood heights the Macintyre River reached in years gone by|
My father was in a nursing home suffering from dementia when I visited Goondiwindi, but by the time I would embark on my third road-trip for the year he had passed away, which is odd when I see the date I posted this post linked below on September 16th, 2013 -
On the Road with 88
And his funeral would be held on September 16th, 2016
|My dad's birthday was April 8th, 1930, same day Brisbane City Hall opened|
Bizarrely Nan would pass away on my father's birthday in 1983 and her favourite racehorse (Gunsynd) would pass away 21 days after her in April, too.
Even the public toilets that are not far from the statue carried the horse theme with the signs COLTS for the male block and FILLIES for the female block.
As I was walking back to my car past the statue a little bird flew up to me for a bit of a chat.
I hadn't seen a Willie Wagtail in years.
I then went and checked into my motel room and opened the bar fridge to get some milk for the coffee I was making myself and saw a familiar name on a specially marked bottle of Heineken beer.
I don't normally drink the bottles found in motel bar fridges, as they tend to be a bit pricey, but I would make an exception for this one and have it with my nachos I would order that night while watching my team the Sharks play Parramatta live on my motel room TV screen...and win...just.
On a Synchronicity Kick in Armidale
|Sharkys Takeaway in Armidale|
|Mm..nachos, beer and football...my idea of heaven;-)|
|My father passed away on the 13th of September, 2016|
|BREW winning the 2000 Melbourne Cup|
|The Sharks won their first NRL Grand Final in 2016|
|Outside my motel room on a grey Sunday morning in Goondiwindi|
|It was even grey on the other side of the river in New South Wales|
|The main street of a fog filled Goondiwindi on Sunday morning|
|The clock tower above the museum striking opening time 9 o'clock|
|Only 362 km till I'm home again|
|Inside the museum in Goondiwindi's main street|
|I could have used a plate like that for my nachos last night;-)|
|Johnny Greenwood must have signed this one for Nan years ago|
Climb Every Mountain?
I bought a local paper before leaving Goondiwindi, but that's for a whole other post sometime soon -
UPDATE: Here is that post -
You Wouldn't Read About It...But I Did
And you sound like a little champ AJ (the kid on the front page), always follow your heart and you'll win more times than you lose, that's for sure.
|Leaving Goondiwindi out on highway 42 for Inglewood, still foggy|
|A little further out on highway 42 blue skies start to appear|
|Then nothing but blue skies do I see on highway 42|
On the Road with a Grumpy Old Bastard from Stanthorpe