Today is Australia Day, which started with Karen having Vegemite on Toast and the compulsory Vegemite smile. For those unaware of the custom, it is where you have Vegemite on either side of your mouth as a result of biting into the middle of your piece of toast.

Yesterday as we were driving around the Milawa region, Carl, an old friend of Karen’s, had seen on Facebook that we were in the area and invited us to an Australia Day BBQ.

Thanks to Carl and Sharon for sharing their Australia Day with us, we had a wonderful  time, the food was fantastic and the company was even better. It was lovely to meet Gary and Kelly, who are the neighbours. As is traditional there was Lamb on the BBQ, Snags and other traditional fair. The conversation flowed freely. Thank you for your generosity and the two bottles of wine, we will raise a glass to you as we drink them on the iconic Murray River.

Australia Day BBQ with old and new friends.

Australia Day BBQ with old and new friends.

Carl and Gary have been involved in the Trek the Trak, which is a group of guys that map a different track each year through the Australian Outback and raise funds for the Royal Flying Doctor Service. Check out their adventures at and don’t forget to donate as well. We were very keen to hear that they have started planning for their next adventure which is from the most western point (Steep Point, WA) to the most eastern point (Byron Bay, NSW) of Australia. Carl showed me the Chuck Wagon, which is used to carry all the gear for the guys. The trailer is ready to tackle anything, as well as the nicely decked out D-Max which is used as a tug.

Unfortunately the day came to an end and it was time to go back to camp. Well I better now start packing up the camp, as we leave Corowa in the morning and continue on our way down the Mighty Murray.

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