After a slippery start to the day thanks to consistent overnight rain turning the fairly firm camp site into a mud pan, wepicp1040600.JPG headed back to Nevertire, Nyngan and onto Bourke.

They make the roads fairly straight around these parts, just black tarmac into the distance. The area looks very flat out to the horizon but when travelled some parts are quite undulating.

We stopped in at the tourist information shop at Nyngan after a lap of the main street, picked up some information on Broken Hill – but did not find anything too interesting on Bourke.

Moving on towards Bourke we were still amazed at how green everything looks, a nice downpour last night created a few floodways over the road – all small and shallow – but its easy too see impassable roads should the rainfall be extended. The runoff gullies along side the road were nearly always filled with water – not what we expected this far inland.

After checking road closures at Bourke it was determined that the unsealed road between Bourke and Wilcannia was closed to Louth (a 99km stretch from Bourke) which meant we had to stick to the bitumen down to Cobar then across to Wilcannia – the heavy rain last night making the road impassable and a lots of others on the list 4WD only.

We found a nice rest area just west of Cobar for the night – thankfully the bull ants where inactive this evening.picp1040609.JPGpicp1040612.JPG