Day 2 – Parkes to Hillston

Utes in the Paddock

Before we set off we ride a few kilometres out of town to visit “The Dish”, or the Parkes Radio Telescope to give it its proper name.  The tracking station played a vital role in the Apollo 11 mission in 1969, relaying the video signals showing Neil Armstrong taking his first step on the lunar surface.  An Australian film by the same name was released in 2000 telling the story of that historic day.

Leaving Parkes the road takes us further west into the town of Condobolin. Just before the town, there is a great piece of outback art.  It’s called “Utes in the Paddock”; and a local property owner put a row of old Holden utes along his property line.  The story goes he invited local artists to then work on them.  It is is quite striking in what has been achieved.

After a bite to eat at Condobolin we head towards Lake Cargelligo.  It’s about 90km of unsealed road, but the road is in very good condition.  It’s our first taste of riding unsealed roads on this tour, so a nice, gentle introduction.

The road is sealed from Lake Cargellico all the way to Hillston.  The Clubhouse Hotel is our stopover point for the night, with the publican treating us to an Aussie Barbecue.  Steaks and snags washed down with a reasonable quantity of ice cold beer.

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