Wow what a day!

We packed up the van this morning still using the water and power with last minute clothes washing, vacuuming and cleaning the shower before we headed off to David’s farm to have the van weighed.

Unhooking the van at David's weigh bridge.

Unhooking the van at David’s weigh bridge.

 

A lot of farms have their own weigh bridges to maximise their haulage without going over the legal limits.

A lot of farms have their own weigh bridges to maximise their haulage without going over the legal limits.

We weighed both the van and the caravan separately as well as together and YAH!!!! UNDER WEIGHT! I can keep the foot massager that Chris had spied when I went to get something else hidden under the dining seats.

I can hide things all over the van in little nocks and crannies, but I was concerned I had over done it. But all is good. Phewww…

He drove us around his property so we could get a better understanding of what they do.

He drove us around his property so we could get a better understanding of what they do.

David then gave us the most amazing tour of his property. He explained everything in detail for the layman. We never felt like idiots and he explained it until we understood what he was showing us.

This machine was "adjusted" by David and Andrew. "Gason" the company even came up and took hundreds of photos for them to improve the machine.How would you feel about cutting up a new $375,000 piece of equipment?

This machine was “adjusted” by David and Andrew. “Gason” the company even came up and took hundreds of photos for them to improve the machine. How would you feel about cutting up a new $375,000 piece of equipment?

Farmers have to be the biggest gamblers on earth. The precision of planting to maximise growth, why they leave the stubble in, why are some trees left in the middle of fields, what he does to improve his soil, how they build run offs to put the excess rain water/swamp into his dams, hy he has so many silo’s and all the different grades of cereal. We even heard how during the locust plague they had to clean their canola.

Every piece of equipment has a story.

Every piece of equipment has a story.

 

60 silo's for storage.

60 silo’s for storage.

 

Even a quick look at some of his sheep.

Even a quick look at some of his sheep.

WOW, our heads were spinning. David spent 4 hours of his time for us to learn something that you would never get out of a book. We are so grateful for the time he took out of his busy schedule.

Over a late lunch we decided to head back to Horsham again. We were still waiting on Chris’s licence that Lacey had sent on, as well as Aussie Wide who are still on holidays until next Monday. If Aussie Wide can’t fit us in for a few weeks it’s silly to go to Melbourne and pay large fees for van parks. I had heard about camping in the showground but it’s not in the Camp 6 book, so we gave the council a call and they were very helpful and informed us that there was a number on the fence to ring. On arriving there are two sections one near the agriculture area that has electricity and you cart your own water, but if you drive around further to the Greyhound section there is electricity, taps and sullage right on the very same river, 500 metres down from the caravan park we were, in at $10pn with toilets and hot shower, compared to $30pn at the van park. So this is where we are for the next 5 night’s, after that it’s anybody guess.

Quite and walking distance to shops.

Quite and walking distance to shops.

 

Please note the bike out. So yes it has been used.

Please note the bike out. So yes it has been used.